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There Will Be Blood (2007)

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There Will Be Blood is a American epic period drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, loosely based on the 1927 novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as 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. Paul Dano, Kevin J. O’Connor, Ciarán Hinds, and Dillon Freasier also feature in the film.

The film was produced by Ghoulardi Film Company and distributed by Paramount Vantage and Miramax Films. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Award for Best Director and a Special Artistic Contribution Award for Jonny Greenwood’s score. The film grossed $76.2 million worldwide against its $25 million budget.

In 1898, Daniel Plainview is a silver prospector mining a potentially precious ore vein from a pit mine hole in New Mexico. In the process of dynamiting the lode, he falls and breaks his leg. He saves a silver sample, climbs out of the mine and drags himself to an assay office, where he receives a silver and gold certificate claim. In 1902, he discovers oil near Los Angeles and establishes a drilling company. Following the death of a worker in an accident, Daniel adopts the man’s orphaned son. The boy, H. W., becomes his nominal business partner, allowing Daniel to present himself to potential investors as a family man.

In 1911, Daniel is approached by Paul Sunday, a young man who tells him of an oil deposit under his family’s property in Little Boston, California. Daniel attempts to purchase the farm from the Sundays at a bargain price, but he is blocked by Eli, Paul’s twin brother and a local evangelical preacher.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writers: Paul Thomas Anderson (written for the screen by), Upton Sinclair (novel)

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Dillon Freasier, Ciarán Hinds, Kevin J. O’Connor, Russell Harvard

Cast:

Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Plainview
Martin StringerSilver Assay Worker
Matthew Braden StringerSilver Assay Worker
Jacob StringerSilver Assay Worker
Joseph MusseySilver Assay Worker
Barry Del ShermanH.B. Ailman
Harrison TaylorBaby HW
Stockton TaylorBaby HW
Paul F. TompkinsPrescott
Dillon FreasierHW
Kevin BreznahanSignal Hill Man
Jim MeskimenSignal Hill Married Man
Erica SullivanSignal Hill Woman
Randall CarverMr. Bankside
Coco LeighMrs. Bankside
Paul DanoPaul Sunday / Eli Sunday
Ciarán HindsFletcher
Sydney McCallisterMary Sunday
David WillisAbel Sunday
Christine OlejniczakMother Sunday
Kellie HillRuth Sunday
James DowneyAl Rose
Dan SwallowGene Blaize
Robert ArberCharlie Wrightsman
Bob BellGeologist
David WilliamsBen Blaut
Joy RawlsEli Follower
Louise GreggEli Follower
Amber RobertsEli Follower
John W. WattsOil Worker
Robert CarolineOil Worker
Barry BruceOil Worker
Irene G. HunterMrs. Hunter
Hope Elizabeth ReevesElizabeth
John ChitwoodLittle Boston Doctor
Kevin J. O’ConnorHenry
David WarshofskyH.M. Tilford
Charles Thomas DoyleJ.J. Carter (as Tom Doyle)
Colton WoodwardWilliam Bandy
John BurtonL.P. Clair
Hans HowesBandy
Robert BargeBartender
Ronald KrutStandard Oil Man
Huey RhudyStandard Oil Man
Steven BarrStandard Oil Man
Robert HillsHW’s Interpreter
Colleen FoyAdult Mary Sunday
Russell HarvardAdult HW
Bob BockPriest (as Reverend Bob Bock)
Vince FroioPlainview Servant
Phil ShellyPlainview Servant
Mary Elizabeth BarrettFanny Clark (uncredited)
Brad CarrSignal Hill Man (uncredited)
Kathryn A DavisVillage girl (uncredited)
Arnold MonteyBlacksmith (uncredited)
Rhonda ReevesElizabeth’s Mother (uncredited)
Beau SmithBlacksmith (uncredited)
Arne StarrSignal Hill Resident (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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