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There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | | Drama | 25 January 2008 (USA)
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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Cast

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Martin Stringer ...
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Jacob Stringer ...
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Joseph Mussey ...
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H.B. Ailman
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Stockton Taylor ...
Baby HW
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Signal Hill Man
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Signal Hill Married Man
Erica Sullivan ...
Signal Hill Woman
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$302,845, 30 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,222,514

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,208,711
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Trivia

Dillon Freasier (who plays H.W. Plainview, the son of the character played by Daniel Day-Lewis) was not an actor; he was an elementary student near the film's West Texas shooting location. On the radio program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," Paul Thomas Anderson told Gross that when the production was trying to convince Dillon's mother to allow Dillon to be in the movie, his mother wanted to figure out who Day-Lewis was, so she rented a copy of Gangs of New York (2002) (in which Day-Lewis plays a murderous gang leader nicknamed "The Butcher"). She panicked at the idea of her son spending time with the man she saw in that movie, so the 'There Will Be Blood' casting department rushed to her a copy of The Age of Innocence (1993), in which Day-Lewis plays a civilized and gentle man. See more »

Goofs

After H.W. starts the ceremonial first drilling of the new well, the "walking arm" of this cable-tool rig begins to plunge the bit up and down. The walking arm of a cable-tool rig cannot be used to start a well, as the rigid "tool string" can be forty feet long or more and the derrick tower must be used to drive the bit for about the first sixty feet. Only then can the walking arm be mated to the tool string's cable to continue the bore. See more »

Quotes

Eli Sunday: We have a sinner with us here who wishes for salvation. Daniel, are you a sinner?
Plainview: Yes.
Eli Sunday: Oh, the Lord can't hear you, Daniel. Say it to him. Go ahead and speak to him. It's all right.
Plainview: Yes.
Eli Sunday: Down on your knees and to him. Look up to the sky and say it.
Plainview: What do you want me to say?
Eli Sunday: Oh, Daniel, you've come here and you've brought good and wealth, but you have also brought your bad habits as a backslider. You've lusted after women, and you have abandoned your child - your child that you raised. You ...
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Actor Oscar Winners (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77:3. Vivace Non Troppo
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Solos by Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) & Antonio Meneses (as António Meneses) (cello)
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A film that will leave film-goers pondering for a long time
6 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

PT Anderson delivers perhaps his best work with "There Will Be Blood". Unlike "Magnolia", the film's daunting runtime is not very daunting whilst watching it. All acting in the film was solid, even the work of the child actors. Daniel Day-Lewis in particular delivered a truly phenomenal performance, capturing the power of greed, fear, insanity, and comedy simultaneously, at many points throughout the film. At no point does the time period distract from the power of the film. Sometimes period pieces cannot be appreciated because they delve too deep into historical details -- turning the experience into more of a documentary than a narrative set in the past. This is not the case for "There Will Be Blood", as human interactions are the focus of the film. Johnny Greenwood's chilling score is very strong, benefiting from the elegant minimalism that he show's in the band Radiohead. The cinematography is also spectacular. Robert Elswit beautifully captures the essence of the environment and the tension amongst the characters. All in all, this is truly a perfectly crafted film.


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