A story about family, greed, religion, and oil, centered around a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
2.35 : 1
Rated R for some violence.
English, American Sign Language
Oil, Land, Prospector, California, Money
SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Family Drama, Period Film
Prospectors and Land Rights, Fathers and Sons
Harsh, Moody, Sweeping, Tense, Atmospheric
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There Will Be Blood is a 2007 drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The film is based on Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil!. It tells the story of a silver miner-turned-oilman on a ruthless quest for wealth during Southern California's oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano.
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In 1902, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a mineral prospector, discovers oil and establishes a small drilling company. Following the death of one of his workers in an accident, Plainview adopts the man's orphaned son (his mother nowhere to be seen). The boy, called H. W. (Dillon Freasier), is thereafter introduced as his business "partner".
Nine years later, Plainview is approached by Paul Sunday (Paul Dano), who tells him there is oil under his family's property in Little Boston, California. Plainview visits ostensibly to camp, and attempts to buy the farm at a bargain price. Another brother, Eli (also Dano), aware of the oil seeping out of the ground, holds out for more, wanting the money to fund the local church, of which he is the pastor. Plainview talks Eli's father to agree to the lesser amount being paid upfront, promising more for the church after the well comes in. Plainview goes on to snatch up all the available land in the Little Boston area, save for one holdout -- William Bandy (Hans Howes).
Eli's religious fervor, along with his relative self-importance, is seen as a threat by the similarly egotistical Plainview. When Eli requests permission to bless the well before drilling starts, and be acknowledged for it, Plainview ostensibly agrees but then upstages Eli by making a speech instead. Soon after oil production begins, an on-site accident kills a worker. Thereafter, a burst of pressured air knocks H.W. off the derrick and robs him of his hearing. The oil gushing from the well catches fire and burns for several days. Eli states the accidents would not have occurred had he been allowed to give his blessing. The animosity between the two men soon becomes a deep-set hatred.
One day, a visitor (Kevin J. O'Connor) arrives on Plainview's doorstep claiming to be his half-brother, Henry, and seeking work. Plainview asks a number of questions about the family and eventually takes him in. H.W. goes through the stranger's papers, and soon thereafter sets the bed linens on fire. Plainview decides to send the boy away to a school. A representative from Standard Oil offers to buy out Plainview's interests for a million dollars, enraging Plainview, who elects to strike a deal with Union Oil instead for construction of a pipeline to the Californian coast. However, the held-out Bandy ranch remains an impediment, such that Plainview's project cannot come to fruition without purchase of the land. While spending a few days surveying the property with Henry, Plainview expresses his contempt for most people and the desire to have no one but himself succeed. Soon, however, he becomes suspicious of Henry and confronts him at gunpoint. He confesses that he had befriended Plainview's real half-brother before he died from tuberculosis, and decided to assume his identity. The impostor begs to be let go, but Plainview shoots him and buries his body.
The next morning, Plainview is awakened by Mr. Bandy. Bandy says he is willing to lease Plainview land for a pipeline -- on the provision that the latter repent his sin of the night before, which Bandy reveals he somehow knows about, and join the Church of the Third Revelation. At the church, Eli repeatedly slaps and humiliates Plainview as part of his initiation, forcing him to call himself a sinner and confess "I have abandoned my child!" Plainview seems genuinely affected at having to say this, but knows as well as Eli that it is all an act meant to demean him. Soon after, Plainview decides to bring H.W. back while Eli leaves town to perform missionary work.
In 1927, a grown up H.W. (Russell Harvard) marries his childhood sweetheart, Mary Sunday (Colleen Foy), whom the first well was named after. By this time Plainview, now an alcoholic but extremely wealthy, is living in an enormous mansion with only a servant for company. H.W. asks his father (through an interpreter) to dissolve their partnership so he can establish his own business in Mexico. Feeling betrayed, Plainview mocks his son's deafness and tells him of his true origins. H.W. states he is glad to learn that they are not related, and leaves.<
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