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.
The $500 given to Paul Sunday by Daniel Plainview are 1882 series $100 gold certificates, which is appropriate because they contain a picture of Thomas Heart Benton. Benton was a senator from Missouri from 1821 to 1851 who was a staunch advocate of westward expansion.
Why'd you come to me?
Paul Sunday: You just brought this well in?
Plainview: That's right.
Paul Sunday: Yes, so just give me five hundred dollars in cash, right now, and I'll tell you where it is.
Plainview: I'll tell you what I'll do, son. I'll give you a hundred dollars now and, if it proves to...
In the final scene, in the bowling room, Eli Sunday downs one of three drinks and sips on the second. He gets up, but in the next shot there are two empty glasses instead of one.
There are no opening credits, except for the title
English, American Sign Language
$302,845 (USA) (30 December 2007)