The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California is presented. Miner turn oilman Daniel Plainview is a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but he also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner is his son H.W., who in reality he "acquired" when H.W.'s biological single father, who worked on one of Daniel's rigs, got killed in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins, whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, the local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a ...Written by
The first line of dialogue ("NO!") doesn't occur until around 5 mins into the film. However, this is not part of the script so, assuming "NO!" doesn't count as the first line of dialogue, the actual first line is when Daniel is giving his speech to the small town. This occurs at about 14 and a half minutes into the film. See more »
A bright modern warning light is visible under the dash of one of the cars when a door is opened early in the movie. Several vehicles also display number-plates incorrect for the period. See more »
The first time I saw "there will be blood" I was younger and I didn't pay attention to it. Over time I started to see Paul Thomas Anderson movies and I really liked them, he has a unique and very marked style. but I needed to see this movie carefully and it was just excellent. Daniel day Lewis's great performance is everything like an oil magnate from the early 20th century who as he gets more powerful morally weakens a great character x-ray.
I like to analyze the movies for their emotionality and this one succeeds in spades! Paul Thomas's direction is sober, presenting the story, its context and its characters, the music, the remarkable photography. I am not going to say more it is a very complex but essential film of forced vision.
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