Jimmy Stewart’s an offshore driller whose pumps upset the local shrimp fishermen in this naive oil epic.
It could be titled There Won’t Be Blood, for while the usually dependable director Anthony Mann sketches out the culture clash with ease, the film’s wide-eyed belief in oil at all costs belongs to a completely different era.
“Without oil, this country of ours will stop and start to die,’” yells Stewart’s crusading oilman. “You can’t stop progress!” Go tell it to Paul Thomas Anderson, mate. No extras.