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There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)

158min
15 Certificate
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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.

Summary

An oil prospector presents the public image of a caring family man while nurturing a murderous ambition to seize control of land and wealth at any cost. But his insatiable greed leads to a violent conflict with a young priest who is also intent on using the people and resources of an oil-rich town for his own ends. Paul Thomas Anderson's historical drama, starring an Oscar-winning Daniel Day-Lewis, with Paul Dano and Dillon Freasier.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UK Guidance: Contains violence and some swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 8 Feb 2008

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