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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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Defending Lawyer
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Defendant
Irene Olga López ...
Mrs. Morales
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Beth (8 months)
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Beth (8 months)
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Storyline

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.

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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  »

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$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

As of 2003, Erin Brockovich-Ellis was still with Ed Masry's law firm and had been given the title Director of Research. See more »

Goofs

The bowl of chips in front of Beth in the "Finding the kids at George's house" scene changes position several times. See more »

Quotes

Erin Brockovich: [to Ed, trying to persuade him to hire her] Now, I'm smart, I'm hard-working and I'll do anything... and I'm not leaving here without a job.
[pause]
Erin Brockovich: Don't make me beg. If it doesn't work out, fire me... But don't make me beg!
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Crazy Credits

The settlement awarded to the plaintiffs in the case of Hinkley vs. PG&E was the largest in a direct-action lawsuit in United States history. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding (2011) See more »

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Julia Roberts' best movie
19 February 2001 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This movie may have changed my opinion of Julia Roberts. I have never like her acting, and the media's portrayal of her as some sort of beauty queen in the 80's (and she has never been a very attractive woman) only made it worse. But she did an excellent job in this story, seemingly portraying the real Erin Brockovich with perfection.

Great story, maybe a little hard to believe though if you didn't know it was true. But everything was very well done. All the characters were good. One bad thing is that they seem to have cut some scenes out to speed it up? Some of the scene transitions were downright bizarre and there was no logic behind. But other than that, no real complaints.

One thing I'd like to point out to people before they watch this is that Erin Brockovich is not a very likable person. She's profane, crude, obnoxious, rude, and treats everyone around her, especially those who are better educated, like garbage. She always had trouble finding and keeping a job and she always blamed it on her lack of education and experience. That wasn't it. It was her attitude.


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