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 made a conscious decision to have the processing scene at approximately the 30 minute mark in order to give the film rhythm and engage the audience. See more »
Although some of the nurses in the hospital scenes could have been at a V.A., the doctors could not. The V.A. is not staffed by military, and the doctors do not wear military uniforms. See more »
Marriage, previous to The Cause, was *awful*. Awful. There's a cycle, like life. Birth, excitement, growth, decay. Death. Now... now. How about this? Here comes, a large dragon. Teeth! Blood dripping! Red eyes! What do I got? A lasso. And I whip it up, I wrap it around its neck, and I wrestle! Wrestle! Wrestle him to the ground. I snap up, I say "Sit, dragon!" Dragon sits. I say "Stay!", dragon stays. Now it's got a leash on. Take it for a walk. And that's what-where we're at with it now. It ...
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After its title, this film has no further opening credits. See more »
Calling the performances great would be an understatement and wouldn't do the movie justice. Also if you have a chance, try to watch this movie like it was intended to be seen! On a 70mm screen! If you don't know what that is, the closest comparison would be an IMAX screen. I'm pretty sure there will be some screenings of this if you have a cinema that can play those kind of movies. Anderson really went out there shooting it like this, because it has been some time since it was last used.
Joaquin Phoenix might just get an Oscar for his role and Anderson might not have targeted Scientology specifically (I do believe him, when he says it's a look on all things related to sects), but his movie does hit its targets nevertheless! A great slow moving drama, that will either have you enticed or bored, depending on your viewing habits!
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