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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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George Rocky Sullivan ...
Los Angeles Judge
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Defending Lawyer
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Defendant
Irene Olga López ...
Mrs. Morales
Emily Marks ...
Beth (8 months)
Julie Marks ...
Beth (8 months)
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Matthew
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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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17 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erin Brockovich - Forte come la verità  »

Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Studio executives were worried that audiences would not forgive the title character's language. Most audience members at the test screenings for the film enjoyed themselves anyway. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Erin claims to have been Miss Wichita as a younger woman. The real Erin Brockovich-Ellis was in fact Miss Pacific Coast. See more »

Quotes

George: What's the matter? You got so many friends, you don't need one more?
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Crazy Credits

This movie was Re-Recorded in a Swelltone Theatre. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Reel Love (2011) 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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One of the best films of Julia Roberts
21 November 2016 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This film is very slightly based on a real case of environmental pollution, where a small community processed a factory because of the pollution and the diseases that it caused. Erin Brockovich (whom Julia Roberts brought to life) is a single, unemployed mother who comes across this process by chance, while working (almost by favor) in a law firm. Julia Roberts has had, in this film, one of the most remarkable works of her career to date, along with "Notting Hill". She is a talented actress, who filled with spirit and personality a character who needed a point of irreverence and temper. At her side was Albert Finney in the role of Ed Masry, the law firm's chief partner, who accepts (reluctantly and suspiciously) Erin's help in resolving what promises to be the most important legal case of his career. The film does not hesitate to portray the polluting firm in the worst possible way, in a not inconsiderate and certainly premeditated criticism of the large US corporations, that rarely put environmental and health concerns at the top of their priorities. In this sense, the film, which never abandons the comic and entertainment side, takes a strongly interventionist stance, seeking to alert consciences and draw the attention to the situation portrayed, and some analogous situations that still continue to persist. The film also gives some importance to the so-called "anonymous heroes", which Erin symbolizes in a way, and that often make the difference when all other people choose to ignore the problem or let the authorities figure it all out. The cinematography emphasizes the warm and vibrant tones, which reinforces the sensation of heat passed by the filming locations and the garish prints of Erin's clothes, clothes that help the character to clearly assumes her popular and very humble condition.

This movie is far from a thriller or a police movie. It's an entertainment film that has been made for the families, but with a huge desire to alert consciences to environmental and health concerns, which it always approaches in a light but determined way.


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