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Rated R · 158 minutes · 2008

Drama
Would-be deep-dish filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson evidently intended this saga of a devouring early-20th-century Southern California oil baron (played to the hilt by Daniel Day-Lewis) to be some sort of allegory about capitalism run amok –- but what we see is a carefully composed, less than compelling art film, a stretched-out actors’ duel between Day-Lewis’ Daniel Plainview and a young fire-and-brimstone country preacher named Eli Sunday (Paul Dano from Little Miss Sunshine). Day-Lewis inexplicably portrays the intimidating prospector with a distracting John Huston accent, so Dano wins the trophy by default. Back to the drawing board for director Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), who loosely adapted the screenplay from Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil. Costarring Dillon Freasier and Ciarán Hinds (158 min.).
Official Site: www.therewillbeblood.com
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson and Upton Sinclair
Producer: Scott Rudin
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciarán Hinds, Russell Harvard, Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Meskimen, John Kerry, January Welsh and Colleen Foy

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