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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 <>

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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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Did You Know?


Steven Soderbergh was attracted to Susannah Grant's script because of its linear approach, something that he had largely stayed away from in his own directorial choices. See more »


Immediately after their first meeting with a PG&E attorney, Masry and Brockovich return to his office where we see him loosen his tie. After we cut to Erin, we return to Masry, whose tie is back in place. Next time it's loose again. See more »


Ed Masry: I'd love to help, Erin, but I'm sorry, I have a full staff right now, so...
Erin Brockovich: Bullshit. If you had a full staff, this office would return a client's damn phone calls.
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Crazy Credits

Erin and Ed have seven other cases pending, including one against PG&E regarding a plant in Kettleman Hills, CA. See more »


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How the common person can take on the mighty and win.
7 May 2001 | by (Tonbridge, Kent) – See all my reviews

After all of the hype surrounding this film I was prepared to be disappointed. I was not! This film deserved to win Roberts the Oscar, her performance was superb. She plays the seemingly white trash Erin who may not have the qualifications but does not lack the intelligence. Through a simple research job she discovers that a large corporation has been poisoning the water supply of a town. She fights their corner for them and eventually secures them a huge court settlement. It is not plain sailing for Erin as she has to overcome stereotypes and prejudice but she wins through in the end through her hard work and determination. Finney provides sterling support and his exchanges with Roberts provide some classic moments. I cannot recommend this film highly enough!

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