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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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Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oil!  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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During the tracking shot from the train tracks that follows the car of Daniel Plainview, you can see the dolly track for a moment when the camera pulls back, just before the camera pans to the right. See more »


Plainview: [Eli is intending to bless the well] I thank you all so much for visiting with us at this time. I've had the pleasure of meeting some of you, and I hope, very much in the months to come, I'll be able to visit with each and every one of you. Ah... I'm better at digging holes in the ground than making speeches, so let's forget the speech for this evening, just make it a simple blessing. You see, one man doesn't prospect from the ground. It takes a whole community of good people, such as yourselves...
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »


Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77:3. Vivace Non Troppo
Composed by Johannes Brahms
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Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Solos by Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) & Antonio Meneses (as António Meneses) (cello)
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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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