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Year: 2012
USA: The Weinstein Company
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern, Kevin J. O'Connor, Rami Malek, Jillian Bell, W Earl Brown, Patty McCormack, Lena Endre, Darren Le Gallo, Fiona Dourif
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Country: USA
USA & UK: 137 mins
USA Rated: R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language
UK Certificate: tbc
USA Release Date: 14 September 2012 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 9 November 2012 (Limited Release)

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Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), THE MASTER stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, a man who forms his own religious movement during the 1950s. Along with his wife, Mary Ann Dodd (Amy Adams) and his young-but-troubled protege, Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix) who becomes his right hand man, the movie is set in the 1950s when the religious cult is founded.

THE MASTER is rumoured to be a thinly veiled look at the life of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.

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