R | | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Although the script is based on the Upton Sinclair novel, Paul Thomas Anderson used only the first hundred and fifty pages for a big portion of the material. The rest was contrived. The novel's setting was in 1920s but it was moved to the beginning of the oil boom in California.
So Standard offered us a million dollars for the Little Boston leases, and I told H. M. Tilford where he could shove that, and we made a deal with Union! On the pipeline! And that whole ocean of oil underneath our fields!
H.M. Tilford: ... 150,000 dollars...
Man: We ...
When Eli Sunday lists the towns he will be visiting on his mission, he includes Taft, which would have been named Moron until the 1920s.
There are no opening credits, except for the title
Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77:3. Vivace Non Troppo
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Solos by Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) & Antonio Meneses (as António Meneses) (cello)
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
English, American Sign Language
$302,845 (USA) (30 December 2007)
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