R | | Drama, History
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Dillon Freasier (who plays H.W. Plainview, the son of the character played by Daniel Day-Lewis) was not an actor; he was an elementary student near the film's West Texas shooting location. On the radio program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," Paul Thomas Anderson told Gross that when the production was... ...
Plainview: Uh, yes. Yes. Um... William Bandy, huh? Yeah, I'd like to lease your land.
William Bandy: I had asked for you to come and talk to be me before. When you were leasing land.
Plainview: That's right, yes. My boy's been very sick, you know.
William Bandy: This was before your boy ...
During the final scene in the bowling alley, Eli pours drinks for himself and Daniel Plainview. Daniel refuses the drink so Eli sets Daniel's drink and an empty glass behind him. As they converse, Eli drinks from his glass until Daniel orders him to stand and say that he is a false prophet. As he stands, Eli takes one last sip of his drink without finishing it and sets it down about a quarter full besides the other two glasses. On the next shot when the glasses are visible over Eli's shoulder, we can see Daniel's untouched drink and two empty glasses whereas Eli's drink was still about a quarter full when he put it down.
There are no opening credits, except for the title
English, American Sign Language
$302,845 (USA) (28 December 2007)
$40,218,903 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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