There Will Be Blood quotes (2007)

Director
Paul Thomas Anderson.

Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis.
Paul Dano.
Ciarán Hinds.

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Why are you talking about Paul?
Eli Sunday
I did what your brother couldn’t.
Plainview
Don’t say this to me.
Eli Sunday
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 and he found me to take it out of the ground, and you know what the funny thing is? Listen… listen… listen… I paid him ten thousand dollars, cash in hand, just like that. He has his own company now. A prosperous little business. Three wells producing. Five thousand dollars a week.
Plainview
[Eli cries]
Stop crying, you sniveling ass! Stop your nonsense. You’re just the afterbirth, Eli.
Plainview
No…
Eli Sunday
You slithered out of your mother’s filth.
Plainview
No.
Eli Sunday
They should have put you in a glass jar on a mantlepiece. Where were you when Paul was suckling at his mother’s teat? Where were you? Who was nursing you, poor Eli? One of Bandy’s sows? That land has been had. Nothing you can do about it. It’s gone. It’s had.
Plainview
If you would just take…
Eli Sunday
You lose.
Plainview
…this lease, Daniel…
Eli Sunday
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, you see? Watch it. Now, my straw reaches acroooooooss the room and starts to drink your milkshake. I… drink… your… milkshake!
Plainview
[sucking sound]
I drink it up!
Plainview
Don’t bully me, Daniel!
Eli Sunday
[Daniel roars and throws Eli across the room]
Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you, Eli? I am the Third Revelation! I am who the Lord has chosen!
Plainview

[last lines]
I’m finished.
Plainview

Are you an angry man, Henry?
Plainview
About what?
Henry Brands
Are you envious? D’you get envious?
Plainview
I don’t think so. No.
Henry Brands
I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.
Plainview
That part of me is gone. Working and not succeeding- all my, uh… failures has left me, uh… I just don’t… care.
Henry Brands
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.
Plainview
What will you do about your boy?
Henry Brands
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.
Plainview
Where’s his mother?
Henry Brands
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.
Plainview

Ladies and gentlemen… I’ve traveled over half our state to be here tonight. I couldn’t get away sooner because my new well was coming in at Coyote Hills and I had to see about it. That well is now flowing at two thousand barrels and it’s paying me an income of five thousand dollars a week. I have two others drilling and I have sixteen producing at Antelope; so, ladies and gentlemen, if I say I’m an oil man, you will agree. Now, you have a great chance here, but bear in mind, you can lose it all if you’re not careful. Out of all men that beg for a chance to drill your lots, maybe one in twenty will be oilmen; the rest will be speculators – that’s men trying to get between you and the oilmen – to get some of the money that ought by rights come to you. Even if you find one that has money and means to drill, he’ll maybe know nothing about drilling and he’ll have to hire the job out on contract, and then you’re depending on a contractor who’ll rush the job through so he can get another contract just as quick as he can. This is… the way that this works.
Plainview
Man: Well, what is your offer? W-w-we’re wasting time.
[crowd responds: “Yes.” “Please.”]
I do my own drilling, and the men that work for me work for me. and they’re men I know. I make it my business to be there and to see their work. I don’t lose my tools in the hole and spend months fishing for them; I don’t botch the cementing off and let water in the hole and ruin the whole lease. I’m a family man. I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W. Plainview.
Plainview
[indicates H.W]
We offer you the bond of family that very few oilmen can understand. I’m fixed like no other company in this field and that’s because my Coyote Hills well has just come in. I have 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 have business connections so I can get the lumber for the derrick – such things go by friendship in a rush like this – and this is why I can guarantee to start drilling and to put up the cash to back my word. I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, no matter what the others promise to do, when it comes to the showdown, they won’t be there.
Plainview

I told you I would to eat you!
Plainview
[terrified] We’re family!
Eli Sunday
I told you I would eat you up!
Plainview

[mumbles] Abandoned my child.
Plainview
Say it louder… say it louder!
Eli Sunday
I’ve abandoned my child! I’ve abandoned my child! I’ve abandoned my boy!
Plainview
Now beg for the blood!
Eli Sunday
[sotto voce] Please, give me the blood, Eli. Let me get out of
Plainview

[pitching his company to the people of Little Boston] Ladies and gentlemen? Ladies and gentlemen. Thank you so much for visiting with us this evening. Now, I’ve traveled across half our state to be here and to see about this land. Now, I daresay some of you might have heard some of the more extravagant rumors about what my plans are; I just thought you’d like to hear it from me. This is the face. There’s no great mystery. I’m an oilman, 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 oilman. As an oilman, 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, uh, I encourage my men to bring their families, as well. Of course, it makes for an ever so much more rewarding life for them. Family means children; children means education; so, wherever we set up camp, education is a necessity, and we’re just so happy to take care of that. So let’s 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 something else, uh… and please don’t be insulted if I speak about this – bread. Let’s talk about bread. Now to my mind, uh, 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 gonna dig water wells here and, uh, water wells means irrigation. Irrigation means cultivation. We’re gonna raise crops here where before it just simply wasn’t impossible. You’re going to have more grain than you know what to do with. Bread will be coming right out of your ears, ma’am. New roads, agriculture, employment, education – these are just a few of the things 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 good chance that we will – this community of yours will not only survive, it will flourish.
– Plainview

There’s a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!
– Plainview

I’m gonna bury you underground, Eli.
– Plainview

I am a false prophet God is a superstition!
– Eli Sunday

What’s this? Why don’t I own this? Why don’t I own this?
Plainview
That’s the Bandy tract. He was the holdout, when we were doing the buying? He had hoped to speak with you. Can’t you just build the pipeline around this tract?
Al Rose
Can I build around fifty miles of Tehachapi Mountains? Don’t be thick in front of me, Al.
Plainview
I can go to him again…
Al Rose
No, I’ll go and talk to the man. I’ll talk to him, show you how it’s done.
Plainview

I’m your brother… from another mother.
– Henry Brands

When do we get our money, Daniel?
Eli Sunday
[Daniel slaps Eli across the face]
[continuing to slap Eli] Aren’t you a healer and a vessel for the holy spirit? When are you coming over and make my son hear again? Can’t you do that?
Plainview

What would you like, Eli?
Plainview
Ten thousand dollars.
Eli Sunday
For what?
Plainview
For my church.
Eli Sunday
That’s good. That’s a good one.
Plainview

H.W. okay?
Fletcher Hamilton
No, he isn’t.
Plainview

Things go up, things go down, but at least the Lord is always around.
– Eli Sunday