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THERE WILL BE BLOOD
USA: Paramount Vantage
UK: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin J O'Connor, Dillon Freasier, Paul F Tompkins, Sydney McCallister, David Willis, Christine Olejniczak, Kellie Hill, James Downey, Dan Swallow, Robert Arber, Martin Stringer, Matthew Braden Stringer, Jacob Stringer, Joseph Mussey, Barry Del Sherman, Harrison Taylor, Stockton Taylor, Kevin Breznahan, Jim Meskimen, Erica Sullivan, Randall Carver, Coco Leigh, Bob Bell, David Williams, Joy Rawls, Louise Gregg, Amber Roberts, John W Watts, Robert Caroline, Barry Bruce, Irene G. Hunter, Hope Elizabeth Reeves, John Chitwood, David Warshofsky, Tom Doyle, Colton Woodward, John Burton, Hans Howes, Robert Barge, Ronald Krut, Huey Rhudy, Steven Barr, Robert Hills, Colleen Foy, Russell Harvard, Reverend Bob Bock, Vince Froio, Phil Shelly
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
USA & UK: 158 mins
USA Rated: R for some violence
UK Certificate: 12A contains strong violence
USA Release Date: 26 December 2007 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date:15 February 2008
UK Release Date: 8 February 2008 (Limited Release - London, West End)
A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is set on the incendiary frontier of California's turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon.
When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there's a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads with his son, H.W. (Dillon Freasier), to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centres around the holy roller church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value - love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and son - is imperilled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD is the fifth film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, MAGNOLIA, BOOGIE NIGHTS, HARD EIGHT.) Anderson's screenplay is loosely based upon the classic, 1920s muck raking novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair and the film also features a resonant score from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis heads a cast that includes Paul Dano (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Ciaran Hinds (ROME, MARGOT AT THE WEDDING), Kevin J O'Connor (VAN HELSING, THE MUMMY) and newcomer Dillon Freasier.