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Erin Brockovich (2000)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  17 March 2000 (USA)
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An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Rocky Sullivan ...
Los Angeles Judge
Defending Lawyer
Irene Olga López ...
Mrs. Morales
Emily Marks ...
Beth Brockovich - 8 Months
Julie Marks ...
Beth Brockovich - 8 Months
Matthew Brockovich
Gemmenne de la Peña ...
Katie Brockovich (as Gemmenne De la Peña)
Julia, the Waitress


Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erin Brockovich - Forte come la verità  »

Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,138,465 (USA) (17 March 2000)


$125,548,685 (USA) (4 August 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Steven Soderbergh's original cut of the film ran over 3 hours. See more »


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Theresa Dallavale: Okay, look, I think we got off on the wrong foot here...
Erin Brockovich: That's all you got, lady. Two wrong feet in fucking ugly shoes.
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a definite winner, uplift, social conscience, and knockout acting
5 May 2002 | by (west coast of AZ) – See all my reviews

Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich is exactly the uplift picture you've always hoped for. strong acting, moving script, important issues, legitimate procedurals and best of all it is scrupulously faithful to its true story. Struggling outspoken single mom, Erin (the Oscar winning performance by Julie Roberts proving irrevocably that she is more than just tits and teeth), gets on with a law firm run by Ed Masry (Albert Finney in a justifiably nominated supporting role)just in time to break open the biggest direct action corporate lawsuit in american history. it is not a simple magic act either. Erin's got her character flaws (many of which are visited on supportive biker boyfriend George, played by Aaron Eckhart) and the lawsuit is immensely complicated, though Screenwriter Susannah Grant's nominated script keeps it all in focus and understandable. It's the kind of story we can all learn a lot from. Erin works her tail off, polishes her own too harsh rough edges and ultimately wins a richly deserved reward (just the film itself was so amply rewarded.)It's a story that inspires americans to believe in the system and fight against corporate injustice on their own personal level. It's the kind of thing that shows each and every person can make a big difference. everybody should be proud of soderbergh for realizing what a huge hero Erin Brockovich is and for bringing her struggles and triumphs to the screen.

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