Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Price Carson
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
The plot: Cult leader Lancaster Dodd welcomes sailor Freddie Quell into the fold as his "guinea pig and protege" despite the warnings of his wife Peggy. She recognises Freddie as a damaged and emotionally volatile soul, with a propensity for violence, who could attract the wrong sort of publicity to Lancaster's cause. However, her husband is determined to demonstrate his cerebral might and bend Freddie to his will.
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