There Will Be Blood

Drama | English | 158 minutes


In 1902, Daniel Plainview, a prospector, discovers oil in California and establishes an oil drilling company. During the drilling there is an accident and a worker,  the father of an infant, dies. Daniel adopts the infant, calling him H.W. A few years later, Paul Sunday visits Daniel informing him of a rich oil deposit on his family’s property. Daniel visits the property and negotiates  with Eli, Paul’s twin brother, who is  the local preacher. A deal is made. Daniel is given a lease to drill on the property and Eli will receive a $10,000 donation for his church. An oil derrick explosion injures H.W. and he loses his hearing. Daniel sends H.W. to a school for the deaf in San Francisco. Daniel becomes wealthy but he also becomes an alcoholic. His relationships with H.W. and Eli deteriorate. Daniel is a rich man  but he has also lost his soul.  

Daniel Day-Lewis (Daniel Plainview) / Paul Dano (PaulEli Sunday)  / Dillon Freasier (H.W. Plainview)
Why Stream This Film?
 In listing the film as one of the Top Ten of the Year, the American Film Institute jury stated, “There Will Be Blood is bravura filmmaking by one of film’s modern masters. Daniel Day-Lewis creates a character that will haunt the history of film for generations to come.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 91%
  • Metacritic Score: 93
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Best Cinematography (Robert Elswit);  Nominated, Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (Daniel Day-Lewis)
  • Directors Guild of America: Nominated, Outstanding Directing- Feature Film (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Winner, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Day-Lewis)
THERE WILL BE BLOOD has scenes of terror and poignancy, scenes of ruthless chicanery, scenes awesome for their scope, moments echoing with whispers and an ending that in some peculiar way this material demands.
Roger Ebert

THERE WILL BE BLOOD, Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic American nightmare, arrives belching brimstone and damnation to Hell. Set against the backdrop of the Southern California oil boom of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, it tells a story of greed and envy of biblical proportions reverberating with Old Testament sound and fury and New Testament evangelicalism.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

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