There Will Be Blood

Synopsis: The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died 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, a 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 pipeline to the coast
Genre: Drama
Production: Paramount Vantage
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 106 wins & 136 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
158 min


What church do you belong to?


...I enjoy all faiths...

I don't belong to one church in particular.

I like them all - I like everything.

Where are you from?

That would be telling you.

That's what I want to sell you.

What are you doing in Signal Hill?

We have oil and it seeps through the ground...

Do you want to pay me to know where it is?

Just because there's something on the ground

doesn't mean there's anything beneath it.

Why did Standard Oil buy up land?

-Is it in California? -Maybe.

How much land did they buy?

I'd like it better if you didn't think I was stupid.

Why did you come to me?

You just brought this well in.

That's right.

Yes, so:
just give me 500 dollars in cash

right now and I'll tell you where it is.

I'll tell you what I'll do son,

I'll give you 100 dollars now...

...and if it proves to be a promising lease...

...I'll give you a 1000 dollar bonus.

Six hundred dollars.

Just tell me one thing to help me decide:

What else have you got up there?

What do you grow?

We have a big ranch,

but it's mostly rocks.

You plant things,

nothing will grow but weeds.

What makes you think it's up?

Is there sulphur around or alkali deposits?

Alkali nearby. I don't know sulphur.

-Is that your son?




-Who are you?

-I'm Fletcher Hamilton.

Nice to meet you, son.

What's your name?

What do you do?

I work with Mr. Plainview.

Here's 500 dollars, you tell me something worth hearing.

This money is yours.

I come from a town called Little Boston in Isabella County.

This is us here.

Spur station here at Little Boston.

The Sunday ranch is what you're looking for.

There's a sheep trail that takes you there

- it's a mile out of town...

...headed west - not far.

Just through a small pass here

- near the base of the hills.

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Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970) also known as P.T. Anderson, is an American filmmaker. Interested in film-making since a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father to become a filmmaker. more…

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