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on April 19, 2011
This is a very good movie based on the actual hisotic events surrounding the oil boom, its not a flashy movie, it's one that makes you think and reflect. This movie is not for everyone espesically if your looking for action and gore as the title may be a bit misleading for some... The only thing I was dissapointed in was the packaging, the flimsy carboard case with the DVD loosley placed in a cardboard sleeve which when I took it out was already scratched up a bit..
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on April 14, 2015
Great movie, a Brutal look into the beginning of the oil industry.
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HALL OF FAMEon March 23, 2008
Powerful performances by Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano make this film worth watching. As for the story itself, well, it's not a pretty one. The love of money (and oil) changes Daniel Plainview (Lewis) from an enterprising, industrious man and decent human being, into a whiskey soaked degenerate, who eventually alienates everyone close to him.

Preacher Eli Sunday (Dano, in a double role as both Paul and Eli Sunday) serves up fire and brimstone at the pulpit, but even his church is running on oil money, and not immune to corruption.

The movie provides a peek into the early days of the oil industry in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and doesn't hold back on the ugly and dirty side. Well acted, and with great cinematography, I have but two small personal dislikes.

1. The soundtrack, which I found to be discordant and out of sync at times
2. The length of the film

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

1. Silver miner strikes oil
2. Uses silver tongue to become best little oilman in California
3. Becomes a father by accident, though not in the fun way
4. Gets a tip from the man Sunday
5. Looks at the earth and sees there will be oil
6. Makes a deal with the Church of the Third Revelation
7. Breaks a deal with the Church of the Third Revelation
8. Pays the price, and there is blood
9. There is also whiskey
10. Communication efforts with son fall on deaf ears
11. His "milkshake" drains all the oil from the yard
12. Everything goes to heck

Amanda Richards
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