|Age Range(s)||Adult (36-50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Persuasive, Speech|
|Description||Daniel Plainview's pitch to landowners|
|Details||14 minutes into the film|
The film follows the rise to power of Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) a hard working and charismatic oil prospector at the turn of the century. After hitting it big with a well, he moves down to southern California. In this monologue, he is pitching a group of landowners that he hopes will get in business with him. He argues he is a successful oilman who knows the business inside and out and can be trusted....
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|DANIEL 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 2000 barrelsand it's paying me an income of $5000 a week. I have two others drilling and I have 16 producing at Antelope, so, ladies and gentlemen, if I say I'm an oilman, 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. 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 that he can get another contract just as quick as he can. This is the way this works....I do my own drilling..."|