The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California is presented. Miner turn oilman Daniel Plainview is a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but he also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner is his son H.W., who in reality he "acquired" when H.W.'s biological single father, who worked on one of Daniel's rigs, got killed 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, the 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 ...Written by
Philip Seymour Hoffman was the original actor in mind when Paul Thomas Anderson wrote the role of HM Tillford, but Anderson decided to cast someone else as a means of distancing himself from his past works & have a sort of rebirth in his career without any loose ends connecting him to other, more lighthearted films such as Boogie Nights (1997) or Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Hoffman was also busy filming Synecdoche, New York (2008) at the time Tillford's scenes were being shot anyway. See more »
In the ending scene with Daniel
and Eli, Daniel starts yelling at Eli as Eli is running down
the bowling alley. As Daniel is throwing bowling balls at
Eli, the first ball is thrown down the left lane, hits Eli in
the foot and ends up in the right lane - no pins have
fallen. The second ball is thrown down the left lane and
is a gutter ball - again no pins have fallen. The third ball
is thrown into the right lane, hits a bucket and
presumably hits no pins. However, as Daniel is chasing
Eli behind the bowling alley you can see that the left
lane now shows only 2 pins still standing. See more »
[Paul Sunday has offered to sell Plainview information]
Why'd you come to me?
You just brought this well in?
Yes, so just give me five hundred dollars in cash, right now, and I'll tell you where it is.
I'll tell you what I'll do, son. I'll give you a hundred dollars now and, if it proves to be a promising lease, then give a thousand dollar bonus...
Six hundred dollars.
Just tell me one thing to help me decide. What else have you got up there. What do you grow?
We have a big ranch, but ...
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There are no opening credits, except for the title. See more »
What is evil? What is hate? How low can an individual go with one's actions and still be considered human....? These, quite possibly, are the biggest questions raised in There Will Be Blood.
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, the tycoons at the helm of this dig for moral oil, tell a story that takes the archetypal anti-heroes of 'Citizen Kane' and Travis Bickle of 'Taxi Driver' to a whole new, 21st-century level. The film, using Lewis's character Daniel Plainview, walks through incredibly dangerous cinematic territory that questions religion, plays with the nature of greed and hate and evil, and with it all, draws terrifying parallels to the world we live in today. The film and its main character claw so deep through the limits of humanity and the landscape of hell, that you'll be thanking the Good Lord for the silver screen that divides you from this horrible world Paul Thomas Anderson has portrayed. But despite how safe you may seem in your cushy seat, you will undoubtedly walk out of the theater with all kinds of new demons and ghosts buzzing in your head and ripping away at your subconscious. In this way, Anderson has abandoned his primary previous influence of Robert Altman to take more of a Stanley Kubrick direction, creating moral allegories that creep into your psyche and don't ever leave. You should be scared. Very Scared.
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