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There Will Be Blood (2007)

R  |   |  Drama  |  25 January 2008 (USA)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.


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The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oil!  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$302,845 (USA) (28 December 2007)


$40,218,903 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Paul Thomas Anderson owns a vintage 1910 Pathe camera which contains a special forty-three millimetre lens. The lens was specially modified to be used in the film as it has very low resolution and can shift colors at corners. Only certain shots of the film used this lens; for example a shot of Plainview sleeping in the train with an infant H.W. See more »


In the bowling alley scene, Eli is clearly visible placing Daniel's refused drink above the central panel on the paneled divider. After the cut-away to Daniel, the drink is not above the central panel, but above the panel adjacent to the central one. See more »


Eli Sunday: And I had a vision. Yes, last night, I had a vision. And I felt God's breath go through me, and it moved down into my stomach and sloshed around, and my stomach spoke in a whisper, not a shout: "Touch this woman with your hands, and caress her."
Eli Sunday: [grabbing Mrs. Hunter's hands] My dear Mrs. Hunter, you have arthritis, don't you?
Mrs. Hunter: Yes, I do, Eli.
Eli Sunday: Yes, the Devil is in your hands, and I will suck it out. Now, I will not cast this ghost out with a fever, for the new spirit inside me has shown me I have...
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Composed by Jonny Greenwood
Performed by London Sinfonietta (as The London Sinfonietta)
Conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Ondes Martenot
Solos by Valérie Hartmann-Claverie & Bruno Perrault
Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 25th June 2005
Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide
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words can't do it, but i'll try anyway
2 January 2008 | by (va) – See all my reviews

exhilarating, suspenseful, chilling and beautiful.

i heard once that the reason people stand whenever the 'hallelujah chorus' is performed is because it was first performed for a king, and he was so moved by it, he simply stood up during the song. this movie is just like that.

i'm happy to be alive and at an age where i can appreciate this sort of thing now, because 50 years from now, people will surely say, 'i wonder what it was like to see that movie in theaters when it had just been released.'

when i say, 'you should go see this movie,' i don't mean it's really entertaining, a good way to spend a Saturday night, worth the price of admission or what have you. i mean it in the way that i think everyone should see the sistine chapel, read hemingway, listen to beethoven's 9th symphony and so on. it will certainly be remembered for generations to come as an important work of art.

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