A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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
Paul Thomas Anderson originally wanted to shoot the film utilizing VistaVision, the same widescreen format that Alfred Hitchcock used on some of his most important films during the late 1950's. Anderson later abandoned this idea in favor of the Super 65 cameras he would end up using. However, in 2019 Anderson would finally use VistaVision for his short film Anima, which served as a promotional video for the album of the same name by Thom Yorke, the longtime Radiohead bandmate of Jonny Greenwood, who composed the score for this film. See more »
The catch wiring on the side of the ship when the men were relaxing they didn't match 1950 ships. They were made of some kind of synthetic wiring. That technology wasn't available at that time frame. Even today they still use metal wiring on those things. See more »
This is something you do for a billion years or not at all. This isn't fashion.
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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 »
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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