There Will Be Blood

  • 15
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)
  • US
  • 158 min
There Will Be Blood
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Film Review
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5 out of 5

Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's magnificent oil-prospecting saga is - in marked contrast to his contemporary multi-character drama Magnolia - the story of one man, Daniel Plainview. An old-fashioned epic, forged self-consciously in the mould of Citizen Kane and Giant, it begins in 1898 with Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) perilously mining silver from the unyielding rock of Southern California. Four years later he strikes "black gold", and later, following a tip-off and a sly land grab, he expands his operation to become one of the 20th century's new industrial tycoons. The Oscar-winning Day-Lewis seems to have used the legendary John Huston as the model for his character. While not exactly a villain - he seems to care for his adopted son HW (Dillon Freasier) - he's certainly monstrous, his cold-hearted capitalism standing in opposition to the empire of his nemesis, the local fire-and-brimstone priest Eli Sunday (Paul Dano). Visually resplendent, thematically rich and by turns lyrical, hysterical and baffling, Anderson has made his finest film yet.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning period drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. In California in 1898, lone prospector Daniel Plainview strikes silver. But when that mine plays out and he discovers oil, Plainview puts his energy into becoming a powerful oilman. This leads the ruthless, self-made tycoon to travel the country buying up drilling rights at cut-rate prices. However, when he encounters the preacher Eli Sunday, the destinies of the two men will be linked for years to come.

Cast and crew


Daniel Plainview
Daniel Day-Lewis
Eli Sunday / Paul Sunday
Paul Dano
Kevin J O'Connor
Ciaran Hinds
Dillon Freasier
Mary Sunday
Sydney McCallister
HM Tilford
David Warshofsky
William Bandy
Colton Woodward
Adult Mary Sunday
Colleen Foy
Adult HW
Russell Harvard


Paul Thomas Anderson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista International UK
Contains violence and some swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Feb 2008
Certificate 15
Buena Vista Home Entertainment