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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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Movies Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Phantom Thread marks the eighth feature film that the director has also written. Discover other films he has both written and directed.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Freddie Quell
... V.A. Doctor
Mike Howard ... Rorschach Doctor
Sarah Shoshana David ... V.A. Nurse
... V.A. Doctor / Interview
Matt Hering ... V.A. Patient
Dan Anderson ... V.A. Patient
... V.A. Patient
... V.A. Patient
Patrick Wilder ... V.A. Patient (as Patrick Biggs)
Ryan Curtis ... V.A. Patient
Jay Laurence ... V.A. Patient
Abraxas Adams ... V.A. Patient
Tina Bruna ... Portrait Customer
... Portrait Customer
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Storyline

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

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21 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Master  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$736,311, 16 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,377,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,258,060
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James Franco was rumoured to be linked for the role of Freddie Quell. See more »

Goofs

When Freddie is first seen visiting Doris' house, aluminum stick-on numbers are visible in the establishing shot, giving a street number. These numbers didn't' come onto the market until the 1960s. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Freddie Quell: [to Win] You're the bravest girl I've ever met. Now stick it back in, it fell out.
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The DVD special-features menu has a reversed image of Joaquin Phoenix's face. You can tell by the scar above his lip. See more »


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A-Tisket A-Tasket
Written by Ella Fitzgerald and Van Alexander
Performed by Melora Walters
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A Film Among Films
15 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Superb should be the opening word. And as it is usually the case, not everyone is bound to agree. The confidence of Paul Thomas Anderson is out of this world. In "Boogie Nights" he gave us an unrepeatable Mark Whalberg, here is Joaquin Phoenix's turn. Amazing performance that will go next to three other performances that revolutionized the art of acting and create characters that were unique in every way. James Mason in "Lolita", Anthony Perkins in "Psycho" and even Colin Firth in "Apartment Zero" Coincidentally or not none of those three landmarks were nominated for Oscars, let's hope Joaquin Phoenix this time breaks that tradition. Everything about this film will make your jaw drop and I don't want to tell you anything about the film itself because part of my delight consisted on the fact I didn't know anything about the story. Don't miss it. See it in the biggest screen you can find.


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