There Will Be Blood

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There Will Be Blood (2007) is a critically acclaimed, Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning film, inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! (1927).

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance. Taglines


Daniel Plainview[edit]

  • Listen, Paul. If I travel all the way out there and I find that you've been lying to me, I'm going to find you and I'm going to take more than my money back. Is that all right with you?
  • I'm an oil man, ladies and gentlemen. I have numerous concerns spread across this state. I have many wells flowing at many thousand barrels per day. I like to think of myself as an oil man. As an oil man, I hope that you'll forgive just good old-fashioned plain speaking. Now, this work that we do is very much a family enterprise. I work side by side with my wonderful son, H. W.—I think one or two of you might have met him already—and I encourage my men to bring their families as well. Of course, it makes for an ever so much more rewarding life. Family means children, and children means education, so wherever we set up camp, education is a necessity, and we're just so happy to take care of that. We'll have to build a wonderful school in Little Boston. These children are the future that we strive for, and so they should have the very best of things. Now, there's something else, and please don't be insulted if I speak about this: bread. Let's talk about bread. Now to my mind, it's an abomination to consider that any man, woman or child in this magnificent country of ours should have to look upon a loaf of bread as a luxury. We're going to dig water wells here, and water wells means irrigation. Irrigations means cultivation. We're going to raise crops here where before it simply wasn't possible. You're going to have more grain than you know what to do with! Bread'll be coming right out of your ears, ma'am. New roads, agriculture, employment, education: these are just a few of the things that we can offer you, and I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that if we do find oil here—and I think there's a very great chance that we will—this community of yours will not only survive. It will flourish!
  • There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!
  • I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.
  • [to H. W.] You're not my son. You never have been. You're an orphan. Did you ever hear that word? [to George, H.W.'s interpreter] Tell him what I said. You operated here today like one. I should have seen this coming. I should have known that under this, all these past years you've been building your hate for me piece by piece. I don't even know who you are because you have none of me in you. You're someone else's. This anger, your maliciousness, backwards dealings with me. You're an orphan from a basket in the middle of the desert, and I took you for no other reason than I needed a sweet face to buy land. Did you get that? Now you know.

H. W. Plainview[edit]

  • [to Daniel, via his interpreter George] I thank God I have none of you in me.

Eli Sunday[edit]

  • Oh, Daniel, you've come here and you’ve brought good and wealth, but you have also brought your bad habits as a backslider. You've lusted after women and you have abandoned your child. Your child that you raised, you have abandoned, all because he was sick and you have sinned, so say it now: "I am a sinner."


H. M. Tilford: Build a pipeline. Make a deal with Union Oil. Be my guest, but if you can't pull it off, you've got an ocean of oil under your feet with nowhere to go. Why not turn it over to us? We'll make you rich. You spend time with your boy. It's a great discovery. Now let us help you.
Daniel Plainview: [after long pause] Did you just tell me how to run my family?
Tilford: It might be more important now that you've proven the field and we're offering to buy you out.
Daniel: One night, I'm gonna come to you, inside of your house, wherever you're sleeping, and I'm going to cut your throat.

Paul Sunday: [walks in Daniel's door] Mr. Plainview?
Daniel Plainview: Yes.
Paul: Are you Daniel Plainview?
Daniel: Yes. What can I do for you?
Paul: You look for oil.
Daniel: That's right.
Paul: What do you pay for a place that has it?
Daniel: That depends.
Paul: What does it depend on?
Daniel: On a lot of things.
Paul: If I told you I knew a place that had oil where land could be bought cheaply, what do you think that would be worth?
Daniel: Oh, I think that, uh, you should let me know what you know, and we'll try and work something out.
Paul: Can I sit down?
Daniel: Please.
Paul: [walks into the room and sits in front of Daniel] What church do you belong to?
Daniel: I, um... I enjoy all faiths. I don't belong to one church in particular, I like them all. I like everything. Where're you from?
Paul: That would be telling you. That's what I wanna sell you.
Daniel: What're you doing in Signal Hill?
Paul: We have oil, and it seeps through the ground. Do you wanna pay me to know where it is?
Daniel: Just because there's something on the ground doesn't mean there's anything beneath it.
Paul: Why did Standard Oil buy up land?
Daniel: Is it in California?
Paul: Maybe.
Daniel: How much land they buy?
Paul: I'd like it better if you didn't think I was stupid.
Daniel: Why'd you come to me?
Paul: You just brought this well in.
Daniel: That's right.
Paul: Yes. So, just give me $500 in cash right now, and I'll tell you where it is.
Daniel: I'll tell what I'll do, son. I'll give you $100 now, and if it proves to be a promising lease, then I'll give you a 1,000 dollar bonus.
Paul: Six hundred dollars.
Daniel: Just tell me one thing to help me decide: what else have you got up there? What do you grow?
Paul: We have a big ranch, but it's mostly rocks. You plant things, nothing'll grow but weeds. What makes you think it's up?
Fletcher Hamilton: Is there sulfur around or alkali deposits?
Paul: Alkali nearby, but I don't know sulfur. [looks at H.W.] Is that your son?
Daniel: Yes.
Paul: Hi.
H.W. Plainview: Hi.
Paul: [to Fletcher] Who're you?
Fletcher: I'm Fletcher Hamilton. Nice to meet you, son. What's your name?
Paul: What do you do?
Fletcher: I work for Mr. Plainview.
Daniel: Here's $500. You tell me something worth hearing, [holds up a stack of 5 $100 gold certificates] and this money's yours.
Paul: I come from a town called Little Boston in Isabella County.

Eli Sunday: Daniel, I'm asking if you'd like to have business with the Church of the Third Revelation in developing this lease on young Bandy's thousand acre tract. I'm offering you to drill on one of the great undeveloped fields of Little Boston!
Daniel Plainview: I'd be happy to work with you.
Eli: You would? Yes, yes, of course. That’s wonderful.
Daniel : But there is one condition for this work.
Eli: All right.
Daniel : I'd like you to tell me that you are a false prophet. I'd like you to tell me that you are, and have been, a false prophet, and that God is a superstition.

Daniel Plainview: You're not the chosen brother, Eli. 'Twas Paul who was chosen. See, he found me and told me about your land. You're just a fool!
Eli Sunday: Why are you talking about Paul? Don't say this to me.
Daniel: I did what your brother couldn't. I broke you and I beat you. It was Paul who told me about you. He's the prophet. He's the smart one. He knew what was there. He found me to take it out of the ground. You know what the funny thing is? Listen, listen, listen! I paid him $10,000 cash in hand, just like that. He has his own company now — prosperous little business — three wells producing $5000 a week. Stop crying, you sniveling ass! Stop your nonsense! You're just the afterbirth, Eli —
Eli: No...
Daniel: — that slithered out in your mother's filth. They should have put you in a glass jar on a mantelpiece. Where were you when Paul was suckling at his mother's teat, eh? Where were you? Who was nursing you, poor Eli? One of Bandy's sows? That land has been had. There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s gone, had.
Eli: If you would just —
Daniel: You lose.
Eli: — take this lease, Daniel!
Daniel: [yells] Drainage! Drainage, Eli, you boy! Drained dry. I’m so sorry. Here: if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw — There it is. That's a straw, see? Watch it. Now my straw reaches across the room, [walks a few steps away with his arm over his head, indicating the length of the straw] and [he walks back to Eli and puts his hand, with his index finger pointing downward still representing the straw, right in his face] starts to drink your milkshake. I. Drink. Your! Milkshake! [makes a loud slurping noise] I DRINK IT UP!
Eli: Don't bully me, Daniel!
Daniel: [angrily grabs Eli and throws him to the floor] Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you, Eli?! I am the Third Revelation. I am whom the Lord has chosen. [throws bowling balls at Eli]
Eli: [dodging the bowling balls] Daniel!
Daniel: Because I'm smarter than you! I'm older!
Eli: I'm your old friend, Daniel! Help me! Help me, please!
Daniel: I'm not a false prophet, you sniveling boy! I am the Third Revelation! I am the Third Revelation! I told you I would eat you!
Eli: We're family!
Daniel: I told you I would eat you up!


  • There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance.
  • When Ambition Meets Faith


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