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.
Paul F. Tompkins, who plays Prescott, is the only member of the cast to have appeared in a previous film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. He had a small role in Magnolia (1999) that was cut from the finished film. The rest of the cast had never worked with Anderson before.
Mr. Plainview! No! Where are you going?
Plainview: I don't need the lease, thank you.
Prescott: We need you, we need you to...
Plainview: Too much confusion! Thank you for your time.
Prescott: No, no, no! There's no confusion! If you just...
Plainview: I wouldn't take the lease if you gave it to me as...
After H.W. starts the ceremonial first drilling of the new well, the "walking arm" of this cable-tool rig begins to plunge the bit up and down. The walking arm of a cable-tool rig cannot be used to start a well, as the rigid "tool string" can be forty feet long or more and the derrick tower must be used to drive the bit for about the first sixty feet. Only then can the walking arm be mated to the tool string's cable to continue the bore.
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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