The Master Poster

Release Date: September 14th, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 26th, 2013

R|2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary
Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a troubled, boozy drifter struggling with the trauma of World War II and whatever inner demons ruled his life before that. On a fateful night in 1950, Freddie boards a passing boat and meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the charismatic leader of a religious movement called the Cause. Freddie tries hard to adhere to Dodd's weird teachings and forms a close bond with his mentor, even as other members of Dodd's inner circle see him as a threat.

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, Amy Ferguson, Frank Bettag, Leonida A. Bautista

Director: Paul Anderson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Ghoulardi Film Company, Joanne Sellar, Annapurna Pictures

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: 1950s, Wife, Temptation, Tense, Rise, Daughter, Friendship, Fascinating

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  • Two things stand out: the extraordinary command of cinematic technique, which alone is nearly enough to keep a connoisseur on the edge of his seat the entire time, and the tremendous portrayals by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman of two entirely antithetical men show more

  • Paul Thomas Anderson's remarkable sixth feature addresses, by extension, the all-too-human process of eager seekers falling under the spell of charismatic authority figures, be they gurus, dictators or cult leaders. Or, in the case of this masterly production, a couple of spellbinding actors. show more

  • Phoenix's performance is one of such wild, intense abandon that it is not to be believed, and this, in fact, was my problem as The Master sailed into its momentum-less second hour. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role