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The Master (2012)

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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader.
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 76 wins & 182 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Freddie Quell
Price Carson ... V.A. Doctor
Mike Howard Mike Howard ... Rorschach Doctor
Sarah Shoshana David Sarah Shoshana David ... V.A. Nurse
Bruce Goodchild ... V.A. Doctor / Interview
Matt Hering Matt Hering ... V.A. Patient
Dan Anderson Dan Anderson ... V.A. Patient
Andrew Koponen ... V.A. Patient
Jeffrey W. Jenkins ... V.A. Patient
Patrick Wilder Patrick Wilder ... V.A. Patient (as Patrick Biggs)
Ryan Curtis Ryan Curtis ... V.A. Patient
Jay Laurence Jay Laurence ... V.A. Patient
Abraxas Adams Abraxas Adams ... V.A. Patient
Tina Bruna Tina Bruna ... Portrait Customer
Kevin Hudnell ... Portrait Customer

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Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. Written by Alan Young, edit Hal Issen

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The outtakes reveal that while filming the scene of Master and Quell smoking cigarettes after their first "processing scene," Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix kept cracking up after Hoffman's line, "I like Kools... minty flavor," including in the take that made it into the film. In the film, it cuts away just before Hoffman started laughing. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the first "processing" scene between Master and Freddie, the ashtray switches from empty to suddenly full of cigarette butts. See more »

Quotes

Lancaster Dodd: Man is not an animal. We are not a part of the animal kingdom. We sit far above that crown, perched as spirits, not beasts. I have unlocked and discovered a secret to living in these bodies that we hold.
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Crazy Credits

After its title, this film has no further opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Awards Special 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Go No More A-Rovin'
Traditional, arranged by Justin Goldman and Hal Willner
Performed by Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Joaquin Phoenix deserved the Oscar
15 July 2019 | by Hazu29See all my reviews

I will never understand how Phoenix and Hoffman didn't win the Oscars. Specially Joaquin, I truly think it is the best actor performance I ever watched in my life. The movie is great, although is not for everyone, you must watch it with the right mindset and pay attention to every detail. Most new actors should watch this movie to take notes on how to be a better actor. Cheers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

Filipino | English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Master See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$736,311, 16 September 2012

Gross USA:

$16,377,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,258,060
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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