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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
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

Julia Roberts is one of two Best Actress winners to portray a right handed character (Erin Brockovich-Ellis) although the actress is naturally left handed. Two years later, left-hand Nicole Kidman won her Oscar for playing right-handed Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ed Masry: [after a meeting with a PG&E representative] Didn't you hear? They have $28 billion at their disposal!
Erin Brockovich: So?
Ed Masry: You think I'm MADE of money?
Erin Brockovich: What are you yelling at me for?
Ed Masry: Because I'm pissed off!
Erin Brockovich: Good!
Ed Masry: [throws down tie] Fuck you!
Erin Brockovich: Fuck you back!
Ed Masry: [starts laughing] I really hate you sometimes, I really do.
Erin Brockovich: Aww, you love me.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Popular: I Know What You Did Last Spring Break (2001) 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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Bland.
6 September 2013 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

This is the type of movie that puts me off Steven Soderbergh. I started to find interest in the guy earlier this year when Side Effects surprised me but it's half-assed efforts like this that just make me feel like his hearts not in it. Which is a real travesty on my part because the guy does his cinematography and editing as well as directing. Erin Brockovich is a bland slow film. It works on a simple and boring juxtaposition of a sexy young Mom doing legal work she's not trained to do. It's satisfying as she's driven by a need for justice but it's not as interesting as it thinks it is. Roberts is okay, good for her but not awards worthy. It feels like Oscar bait really, hitting all the checklist, but in mild quantities. There's just not enough meat on this film. Soderbergh keeps giving a little and thinks its enough. Perhaps I should rewatch Traffic, I know that's a complex film.

6/10


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