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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Rocky Sullivan ...
Los Angeles Judge
Defending Lawyer
Irene Olga López ...
Mrs. Morales
Emily Marks ...
Beth (8 months)
Julie Marks ...
Beth (8 months)
Gemmenne de la Peña ...
Katie (as Gemmenne De la Peña)


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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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Julia Roberts sent her then-boyfriend, Benjamin Bratt, pictures of her new décolletage, he responded, "You can't go out like that!" See more »


When Erin and Ed are driving along the highway in his Mercedes, a current generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class flies by them; this model didn't come out until 1996. See more »


Erin Brockovich: [Mr. Masry just fired Erin because she was gone for a week] I've been working, that is all I have been doing, what am I supposed to do check in with you every two seconds?
Brenda: Yes, it's called accountability and...
Erin Brockovich: I'm not talking to you, bitch!
Brenda: Excuse me?
Erin Brockovich: Get out of my face!
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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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User Reviews

Great story, with great casting too. Great directing, acting, production.
30 May 2016 | by (whakamaru) – See all my reviews

It doesn't take long to realise that this is a great movie. Everything looks so real, and so it should seeing that it is a true(ish) story, but all the minor roles have great actors too. There are lots of instances where little mannerisms make it real. My guess is that Erin wrote most of the dialogue?

Besides the real Brockavich, the real Ed Masry comes on the DVD bonus, and shows how good the casting of Albert Finney, and his acting, are and how much he contributed to the successful outcome of EB's efforts. Ed is so tolerant of Erin's apparent disregard for the norms of a legal practice, it is a bit hard to accept that he is for real! But he must have been. Also on the DVD is Erin (the real one) saying how surreal is the 30-second scene where she is the waitress, and then Julia saying that it is about "inhabiting the concept, not imitating". So true, and that is what makes really great actors, ie, JR.

The story of corporate carelessness and a small-town lady who found out that the water was contaminated and decided to do something about it in spite of heavy lawyers who do whatever the client says, might give others the incentive to do their own action? 'hope so.

Although this is a huge legal battle, there is very little of that shown - good idea, courtroom stuff can be so boring and irrelevant. We do see the judge deliver a judgement on a procedural matter, that is all that matters, and the no doubt long legal arguments are ignored all together. Good.

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