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Erin Brockovich (2000)

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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Los Angeles Judge
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Mrs. Morales
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Beth (8 months)
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Katie (as Gemmenne De la Peña)
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Storyline

Erin Brockovich-Ellis 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 law firm 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.

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Biography | Drama

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,138,465, 19 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$125,595,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,271,286
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The burgundy t-shirt with gold lettering she wears that is cut off says "Oakton Cougars". The costumers found this t-shirt in a thrift store and bought it, then researched online where this school may be. Once they learned that it is a high school in Vienna, Virginia, they contacted the school to ask if they could use the t-shirt in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the accident, Erin's car is seen being hit broadside by the doctors car obviously running though a red light while she was driving straight across the intersection, but in the telling of the accident in court Erin says that he came around the corner, out of control, as she was "slowly pulling out" of her parking space. In the visual, the doctor is clearly the guilty party but in Erin's courtroom testimony it appears that Erin pulled out of her parking space unsafely into the path of an oncoming cornering car. See more »

Quotes

Erin Brockovich: [testifying in court about her accident] I was pulling out real slow, and out of nowhere his Jaguar comes racing around the corner like a bat outta hell...
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Erin Brockovich: They took some bone from my hip and put it in my neck; I didn't have insurance so I'm about $17,00 in debt right now.
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Erin Brockovich: I couldn't take painkillers 'cause they made me too groggy to take care of my kids...
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Erin Brockovich: Matthew's six, Katie's four and Beth's just nine months...
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Erin Brockovich: I just wanna be a good mom, a nice person, a decent ...
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Crazy Credits

The Young and the Restless (1973) and Wheel of Fortune (1975): Courtesy of Columbia TriStar Television. See more »

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Referenced in Cleavage (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Bluegrass Hoedown
Written & Performed by Chris Horvath
Courtesy of Del Rey Music, Inc. / Who Did That Music? Library
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a definite winner, uplift, social conscience, and knockout acting
5 May 2002 | by 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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