There Will Be Blood

2007 film by Paul Thomas Anderson

There Will Be Blood is a 2007 film that tells a story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! (1927).
There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance. Taglines

Daniel PlainviewEdit

  • 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!
  • 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?

Eli SundayEdit

  • 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: We'll make you a millionaire while you're sitting here from one minute to the next.
Daniel Plainview: What else would I do with myself?
H.M. Tilford: You asking me?
Daniel Plainview: What else would I do with myself?
H.M. Tilford: Take care of your son. I don't know what you would do.
Daniel Plainview: If you were me and Standard offered to buy what you had for a million dollars, why? So, why?
H.M. Tilford: You know why.
Daniel Plainview: Yeah, you fellows just scratch around in the dirt and find it like the rest of us instead of buying up someone else's hard work.
J.J. Carter: [defensively] I've scratched around the dirt, son.
Daniel Plainview: You gonna change your shipping costs?
H.M. Tilford: We don't dictate shipping costs. That's railroad business.
Daniel Plainview: O-oh! You don't own the railroads? Course you do. Of course you do.
H. M. Tilford: Where you gonna put it all? Where? 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?
H. M. Tilford: It might be more important now that you've proven the field and we're offering to buy you out.
Daniel Plainview: One night, I'm gonna come to you, inside of your house, wherever you're sleeping, and I'm going to cut your throat.
H.M. Tilford: What? What are you taking about? Have you gone crazy, Daniel?
Daniel Plainview: Did you hear what I said?
H.M. Tilford: I heard what you said. Why did you say it?
Daniel Plainview: You don't tell me about my son.
H.M. Tilford: Why are you acting insane and threatening to cut my throat?
Daniel Plainview: You don't tell me about my son.
H.M. Tilford: I'm not telling you anything! I'm asking you to be reasonable. If I've offended you, I apologize.
Daniel Plainview: [leans towards him] You'll see what I can do.

Daniel Plainview: Are you an angry man, Henry?
Henry Brands: About what?
Daniel Plainview: Are you envious? D'you get envious?
Henry Brands: I don't think so. No.
Daniel Plainview: I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.
Henry Brands: That part of me is gone. Working and not succeeding- all my, uh... failures has left me, uh... I just don't... care.
Daniel Plainview: Well, if it's in me, it's in you. There are times when I... I look at people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money I can get away from everyone.
Henry Brands: What will you do about your boy?
Daniel Plainview: I don't know. Uhhhh, maybe it'll change. Does your sound come back to you? I don't know. Maybe no one knows that. A doctor might not know that.
Henry Brands: Where's his mother?
Daniel Plainview: I don't want to talk about those things. I see the worst in people, Henry. I don't need to look past seeing them to get all I need. I've built up my hatreds over the years, little by little. Having you here gives me a second breath of life. I can't keep doing this on my own... with these, umm... people. [laughs]

Paul Sunday: [walks in Daniel's door] Mr. Plainview?
Daniel Plainview: Yes.
Paul Sunday: Are you Daniel Plainview?
Daniel Plainview: Yes. What can I do for you?
Paul Sunday: You look for oil.
Daniel Plainview: That's right.
Paul Sunday: What do you pay for a place that has it?
Daniel Plainview: That depends.
Paul Sunday: What does it depend on?
Daniel Plainview: On a lot of things.
Paul Sunday: 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 Plainview: Oh, I think that, uh, you should let me know what you know, and we'll try and work something out.
Paul Sunday: Can I sit down?
Daniel Plainview: Please.
Paul Sunday: [walks into the room and sits in front of Daniel] What church do you belong to?
Daniel Plainview: 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 Sunday: That would be telling you. That's what I wanna sell you.
Daniel Plainview: What're you doing in Signal Hill?
Paul Sunday: We have oil, and it seeps through the ground. Do you wanna pay me to know where it is?
Daniel Plainview: Just because there's something on the ground doesn't mean there's anything beneath it.
Paul Sunday: Why did Standard Oil buy up land?
Daniel Plainview: Is it in California?
Paul Sunday: Maybe.
Daniel Plainview: How much land they buy?
Paul Sunday: I'd like it better if you didn't think I was stupid.
Daniel Plainview: Why'd you come to me?
Paul Sunday: You just brought this well in.
Daniel Plainview: That's right.
Paul Sunday: Yes. So, just give me $500 in cash right now, and I'll tell you where it is.
Daniel Plainview: 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 Sunday: Six hundred dollars.
Daniel Plainview: Just tell me one thing to help me decide: what else have you got up there? What do you grow?
Paul Sunday: 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 Sunday: Alkali nearby, but I don't know sulfur. [looks at H.W.] Is that your son?
Daniel Plainview: Yes.
Paul Sunday: Hi.
H.W. Plainview: Hi.
Paul Sunday: [to Fletcher] Who're you?
Fletcher Hamilton: I'm Fletcher Hamilton. Nice to meet you, son. What's your name?
Paul Sunday: What do you do?
Fletcher Hamilton: I work for Mr. Plainview.
Daniel Plainview: Here's $500. You tell me something worth hearing, [holds up a stack of 5 $100 gold certificates] and this money's yours.

HW's Interpreter, George: [speaking for deaf H.W] I'd prefer to speak to you in private.
Daniel Plainview: You can't speak. so why don't you flap your hands about and have what's-his-name tell me where you've been. Or do you think I don't know?
HW's Interpreter, George: This is hard for me to say. I'll tell you first: I love you very much. I've learned to love what I do because of you. I'm leaving here. I'm going to Mexico. I'm taking Mary, and I'm going to Mexico. I miss working outside. I miss the fields. It'll only be for a time, for me to do my own drilling and start my own company. It's time to make a change.
Daniel Plainview: This makes you my competitor.
HW's Interpreter, George: No. No, it's not like that.
Daniel Plainview: It is like that - boy. Your own company, huh?
HW's Interpreter, George: That's right.
Daniel Plainview: In Mexico.
HW's Interpreter, George: Yes.
Daniel Plainview: You're making such a misstep. So, what are you doing?
HW's Interpreter, George: I know you and I have disagreed over many things. I'd rather keep you as my father than my partner.
Daniel Plainview: Then say it! You got something to say to me then say it. I'd like to hear you speak instead of your little dog, woof woof woof woof woof woof woof!
H.W. Plainview: I'm going to Mexico with my wife. I'm going away from you.
Daniel Plainview: That wasn't so hard, was it? - killing us with what you're doing. You're killing my image of you as my son.
HW's Interpreter, George: You're stubborn. You won't listen.
Daniel Plainview: You're not my son.
HW's Interpreter, George: Please don't say that. I know you don't mean it.
Daniel Plainview: It's the truth. You're not my son. Never have been. You're an... you're an orphan. D'you ever hear that word? [to George] Tell 'em 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. D'you get that? So now you know. [whistles mockingly] Look at me. You're lower than a bastard. You have none of me in you. You're just a bastard from a basket.
HW's Interpreter, George: I thank God I have none of you in me.
Daniel Plainview: [H.W. and George get up and begin to leave the room] You're not my son. You're just a little piece of competition. Bastard from a basket. Bastard from a basket! You're a bastard from a basket!

Eli Sunday: You are a stupid man, Abel. You've let someone come in here and walk all over us. You let him in and do his work here, and you are a stupid man for what we could have had.
Abel Sunday: I followed His word, Eli. I tried.
Eli Sunday: You didn't do anything but sit down. You're lazy and you're stupid. Do you think God is going to save you for being stupid? He doesn't save stupid people, Abel.
[Eli clambers across the table and slams Abel to the ground]
Eli Sunday: I will tear you apart for what you've done, you stupid man! How did he come here? Do you even know? I know!
Abel Sunday: Son, don't do this, please!
Eli Sunday: Be quiet!
Abel Sunday: Please! Don't!
Eli Sunday: Shut your mouth, Abel! It was your stupid son! It was Paul who told him to come here. I know it. He went to him, and he said "My stupid, weak father will give away his lots. Go and take him." - and you let it happen. [lets go of Abel] From a stupid father to a stupid son.

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 Sunday: You would? Yes, yes, of course. That’s wonderful.
Daniel Plainview: But there is one condition for this work.
Eli Sunday: All right.
Daniel Plainview: 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 Plainview: 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 Sunday: No...
Daniel Plainview: — 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 Sunday: If you would just —
Daniel Plainview: You lose.
Eli Sunday: — take this lease, Daniel!
Daniel Plainview: [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 Sunday: Don't bully me, Daniel!
Daniel Plainview: [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 Sunday: [dodging the bowling balls] Daniel!
Daniel Plainview: Because I'm smarter than you! I'm older!
Eli Sunday: I'm your old friend, Daniel! Help me! Help me, please!
Daniel Plainview: 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 Sunday: We're family!
Daniel Plainview: I told you I would eat you up!


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


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