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

You have a great chance here...

...but bear in mind: you can loose

it all if you're not careful.

Out of all men that beg

for a chance to drill your lots...

...maybe one in twenty will be oil men...

...the rest will be speculators

that's men trying to get

between you and the oil men... get some of the money

that ought by rights come to you.

Even if you find one that

has money, and means to drill...

...he'll maybe know

nothing about drilling...

...and he'll have to hire

out the job on contract...

...and then you're depending on a contractor... rush the job through - so he can get

another contract just as quick as he can.

-This is way that this works.

What is your offer?

We're wasting time.

I do my own drilling...

...and the men that work for me, work for me...

...and they are men I know.

I make it my business to be there

and to see to their work.

I don't lose my tools in the hole

and spend months fishing for them...

I don't botch the cementing off and

let water in the hole and ruin the whole lease.

I am a family man,

I run the family business...

This is my son and

my partner H.W. Plainview.

We offer you the band, a family...

...that very view oil men can understand.

I'm fixed like no other company in this field...

and that's because my

Coyote Hills well has just come in.

I have a string of tools

all ready to put to work.

I can load a rig onto trucks and

have them here in a week.

I have business connections...

so I can get the lumber for the derrick...

...such things go by friendship in a rush like this.

And this is why I can guarantee to start drilling...

...and put up the cash to back my word.

I assure you, ladies and gentlemen,

no matter what the others promise to do...

...when it comes to the showdown,

they won't be there...

Mr. Plainview.

Mr. Plainview where are you going?

I don't need the lease, thank you.

-No, we need you

-Too much confusion.

-Thank you for your time.

-No, no, no, there's no confusion.

I wouldn't take the lease

if you gave it to me as a gift.

Mr. Bankside, I'm not going to waste your time

I certainly you appreciate it,

if you didn't waste mine.

If you wish to sign with me we can

have a well drilling within ten days.

Your lot is further North from

the discovery well up here... it means we will probably

have to dig deeper.

If there's as much oil up

here as I think there is... will be harder to reach...

...but once we find it

we can take it right out.

But we have to act quickly...

...because very soon these fields will be dry.

I need you to know what you want to do.

Because of the distance from the discovery well...

...I'll pay you a smaller royalty

than you'd get down there...

But I'm prepared to give you

a 1000 dollar bonus on your lot.

-What kinda royalty you're talking about?

-One sixth.

Plus a guarantee to start drilling within ten days...

That's somethin' you won't

find anywhere else.

What age are your children now?

Ten and twelve.

Mr.Plainview, a question sir.

Where's your wife?

She died in child birth, Mrs. Bankside.

It's just me and my son now.

-Mr. Plainview? -Yes?

Are you Daniel Plainview?


What can I do for you?

You look for oil?

That's right.

What do you pay for a place that has it?

-That depends.

-What does it depend on?

On a lot of things.

If I told you I knew a place that had oil...

...where land could be bought cheaply...

...what do you think that would be worth?

I think that you should let me

know what you know.

And we'll try to work something out.

-Can I sit down?

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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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