About

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local preacher Eli Sunday suspects Plainviews motives and intentions, starting a slow-burning feud that threatens both their lives.

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Directed by

Paul Thomas Anderson

Written by

Paul Thomas Anderson (Screenplay)
Upton Sinclair (Novel)

Runtime

158 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance.

Cast

Keywords

father sibling relationship adopted son pastor california deaf-mute american dream fanatic pipeline petrol step father oil money los angeles twins killer alcoholic bowling alley

Photos

Lists

#158 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#174 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#4 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#144 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography Robert Elswit

Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Daniel Day-Lewis

Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Art Direction Jack Fisk Jim Erickson

Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Film Editing Dylan Tichenor