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The Master (2012)

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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
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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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Matt Hering ...
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Patrick Wilder ...
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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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Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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21 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Master  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$736,311, 16 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,377,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,258,060
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Trivia

The first of three films in the current decade to be shot in 65mm and screened theatrically in 70mm. The subsequent titles were The Hateful Eight (2015) (also distributed by The Weinstein Company) and Dunkirk (2017). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the first "processing" scene between Master and Freddie, the ashtray switches from empty to suddenly full of cigarette butts. See more »

Quotes

Lancaster Dodd: Free winds and no tyranny for you, Freddie, sailor of the seas. You pay no rent, free to go where you please. Then go, go to that landless latitude and good luck. If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first in the history of the world.
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After its title, this film has no further opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Hateful Eight/The Ridiculous 6 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)
Written by Lew Brown, Charles Tobias and Sam H. Stept (as Sam Stept)
Performed by Madisen Beaty
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A Film Among Films
15 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Superb should be the opening word. And as it is usually the case, not everyone is bound to agree. The confidence of Paul Thomas Anderson is out of this world. In "Boogie Nights" he gave us an unrepeatable Mark Whalberg, here is Joaquin Phoenix's turn. Amazing performance that will go next to three other performances that revolutionized the art of acting and create characters that were unique in every way. James Mason in "Lolita", Anthony Perkins in "Psycho" and even Colin Firth in "Apartment Zero" Coincidentally or not none of those three landmarks were nominated for Oscars, let's hope Joaquin Phoenix this time breaks that tradition. Everything about this film will make your jaw drop and I don't want to tell you anything about the film itself because part of my delight consisted on the fact I didn't know anything about the story. Don't miss it. See it in the biggest screen you can find.


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