Just before going on stage (00:51:23) Burt Ramsey/Narrator, played by Ricky Jaywho is wearing a masonic ringasks gameshow host Jimmy Gator, played by Philip Baker Hall, "You with me, Jimmy?" Jimmy replies, "The book says we may be through with the past but the past ain't through with us." to which Burt replies, "We met upon the level and we're parting on the square."
While studying in the public library, gameshow contestant Stanley Specter, played by Jeremy Blackman, has a stack of books, one of which is the 1996 Gramercy Books reprint of Mackeys History of Freemasonry.
Almost masonic is the stage backdrop which includes a number of symbols one of which is a compasses above a wreath.
Of no masonic significance, it is a curious piece of forshadowing when a stagehand briefly flashes a cuecard with "Exodus 8:12" written on it. The movie ends with a rain of frogs.
Jason Robards, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Melora Waters, John C. Reilly, Jeremy Blackman, William H. Macy. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, written by Paul Thomas Anderson. 188 min. USA, English. Color (DeLuxe), Dolby Digital. R. (Drama)