Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Produced by: JoAnne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison
Other cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Release date: September 14, 2012
Running time: 2h 24min
Freddie Quell 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, 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.