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The Master (2012)

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Movies Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Phantom Thread marks the eighth feature film that the director has also written. Discover other films he has both written and directed.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Freddie Quell
Price Carson ... V.A. Doctor
Mike Howard Mike Howard ... Rorschach Doctor
Sarah Shoshana David Sarah Shoshana David ... V.A. Nurse
Bruce Goodchild ... V.A. Doctor / Interview
Matt Hering Matt Hering ... V.A. Patient
Dan Anderson Dan Anderson ... V.A. Patient
Andrew Koponen ... V.A. Patient
Jeffrey W. Jenkins ... V.A. Patient
Patrick Wilder Patrick Wilder ... V.A. Patient (as Patrick Biggs)
Ryan Curtis Ryan Curtis ... V.A. Patient
Jay Laurence Jay Laurence ... V.A. Patient
Abraxas Adams Abraxas Adams ... V.A. Patient
Tina Bruna Tina Bruna ... Portrait Customer
Kevin Hudnell ... Portrait Customer
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Storyline

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. Written by Alan Young, edit Hal Issen

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Master See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$736,311, 16 September 2012

Gross USA:

$16,377,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,258,060
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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When Lancaster Dodd is challenged by a skeptic, the shadow of a boom microphone is visible on the wall behind Dodd. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Quell: Do you know how to get rid of crabs?
Seaman: No.
Freddie Quell: You got to shave one testicle, then all the crabs go over to the other testicle. You got to light the hair on fire on that one, and when they all go scurrying out, you take an icepick and you fucking stab every single last one of them.
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Soundtracks

Baton Sparks
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Phoenix from the ashes
22 February 2013 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Calling the performances great would be an understatement and wouldn't do the movie justice. Also if you have a chance, try to watch this movie like it was intended to be seen! On a 70mm screen! If you don't know what that is, the closest comparison would be an IMAX screen. I'm pretty sure there will be some screenings of this if you have a cinema that can play those kind of movies. Anderson really went out there shooting it like this, because it has been some time since it was last used.

Joaquin Phoenix might just get an Oscar for his role and Anderson might not have targeted Scientology specifically (I do believe him, when he says it's a look on all things related to sects), but his movie does hit its targets nevertheless! A great slow moving drama, that will either have you enticed or bored, depending on your viewing habits!


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