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on April 21, 2013
Oh my goodness what a performance by Daniel Day-Lewis my god this guy is good
with his acting skills hands bloody down.Wow you got to see this movie which is
a true story by the way.i just can't believe there is only seventeen reviews
of this movie man what ashamed..
"This is one epic American classic that should not be missed" Daniel Day-Lewis, gives the
Academy Award Winning performance of his life, Daniel Plainview [Day-Lewis] and his son
are independent oil men, prospecting through California at the turn of the 20th century,
who was challenged by a young preacher, Eli Sunday played by [Paul Dano] which both men
lives turn into an abyss, and a darkly-journey of madness,
I have watched this movie So many Times, that the first time he meet the people to pitch his
prospecting ideas, I think I can recite every word that was said, here's what was said,word for word,
"Ladies and gentlemen, I traveled over Jist about half our state to get here this evenin'.
I couldn't get away sooner, because my new well was a-comin' in at Lobos River, and I had
to see about it.That well is now flowin' four thousand barrel, and payin' me an income of
five thousand dollars a day, I got two others drilling', and I got sixteen producin'
at Antelope. So, ladies and gentlemen if I say I'm an oil man, you got to agree,
"You got a great chanct here, ladies and gentlemen; but bear in mind, you can lose it all if you ain't
carful, out of all the fellers that beg you for a chanct to drill your land, maybe one in twenty will be oil men;
the rest will be speculators, fellers tryin' to get between you and the oil men. to get some of the money
that ought by rights come to you, Even if you find one that has money, and the means to drill, he'll maybe
know nothin' about drillin', and have to hire out the job on contract- and then you're trying to rush the
job through, so as to get to another contract jist as quick as he can. But, ladies and gentlemen, I do my
own drillin', and the fellers that work for me are fellers I know, I make it my business to be there and to see to their work.
I don't lose my tools in the hole, and spend months a-fishin'; I don't botch the cementin' off, and let water into the hole,
and ruin the whole lease, And let me tell you, I'm fixed right now like no other man or company in this field,
Because my Lobos River well has jist come in, I got a string of tools all ready to put to work, I can load a rig onto trucks,
and have them here in a week, I've got business connections, so I can get the lumber for the derrick--
such things go by friendship,in a rush like this, That's why I can guarantee to start drillin'; and put up the cash
to back my work, I assure you whatever the others promise to do,
when it comes to the showdown, they won't be there.
Runtime 158 Minutes.
5.1 Surround Master Audio.
on January 30, 2013
Here's the thing: The movie "There Will Be Blood" and Sinclair's novel on which it is 'based' ("Oil !") should be considered as separate entities.
The film is very well done, to be sure. However, it only covers roughly 100 or so pages of the novel. In fact, there is SO much more to the book that it is probably more accurate to say that the film was "inspired by" - rather than based upon - Sinclair's work. This may explain why the film was not given the same title.
To begin with, the film focuses - it is seen/told, if you will - from the father's perspective; the novel is from the son's. There are portions in the novel which caused it to be banned and/or censured in some parts of the USA after publication. These passages, as well as other story details, do not appear in the film.
Both the film and the novel stand on their own merits and it is better to view each from this perspective. If one is expecting the film to 'be' the novel, then disappointment will likely follow. :0)