About

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview, moves to oil-rich California. Using his 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 Plainview's 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 oil money killer alcoholic bowling alley sign languages misanthrophy narcissism

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 Directing Paul Thomas Anderson

Oscar nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year Paul Thomas Anderson JoAnne Sellar Daniel Lupi