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Genre Drama
Running Time 150 min
Release Date Sep 14, 2012
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The Master (2012)

After returning from the Second World War, a psychologically troubled drifter returns from the war and meets the charismatic leader of a new religion. The Master befriends the drifter to help him sort out his life and provide meaning. The drifter becomes his right-hand man and, after a while begins to question both his belief in the leader and his teachings as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.

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September 20, 2012 - Boston.com - By Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

The Cause is a funny name for a spiritual movement. It sounds like a nice way of putting a disease. “Honey, we have to talk. I’ve got . . . the Cause.” Which is to say it sounds like a nice way of putting a disease in 1950. That’s the year in which Paul Thomas Anderson has set most of “The Master,” a title that could now refer to the scope and grandeur of his filmmaking. More immediately, it’s how some followers of the Cause address Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the charismatic fellow who created it and doesn’t appear to be done determining its particulars, like, namely, what it is. To that end, he turns a feral young naval officer into his test subject.

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