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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.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Susannah Grant
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Erin Brockovich
David Brisbin ... Dr. Jaffe
Dawn Didawick ... Rosalind
Albert Finney ... Ed Masry
Valente Rodriguez ... Donald
Conchata Ferrell ... Brenda
George Rocky Sullivan George Rocky Sullivan ... Los Angeles Judge
Pat Skipper ... Defending Lawyer
Jack Gill ... Defendant
Irene Olga López Irene Olga López ... Mrs. Morales
Emily Marks Emily Marks ... Beth (8 months)
Julie Marks Julie Marks ... Beth (8 months)
Scotty Leavenworth ... Matthew
Gemmenne de la Peña ... Katie (as Gemmenne De la Peña)
Erin Brockovich-Ellis ... Waitress
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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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Taglines:

She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erin Brockovich See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,138,465, 19 March 2000

Gross USA:

$125,595,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,271,286
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Julia Roberts won the Academy Award for best actress for her role as Erin Brockovich and famously forgot to thank the real Erin Brockovich-Ellis in her acceptance speech. Afterward she was quoted as saying, "It doesn't bring out the Albert Einstein moment that you hoped it would." See more »

Goofs

In the meeting with the young PG&E representative, the paper Ed puts on the table in front of the guy changes position several times. See more »

Quotes

Erin Brockovich: I don't need pity, I need a paycheck. And I've looked. But when you've spent the past six years raising babies it's real hard to find somebody who pays worth a damn, are ya getting every word of this down, honey, or am I talking too fast?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version aired on NBC, it mutes the several uses of the f-word [usually changing it from f*cking to freaking, or sometimes even cutting out the line[s] of dialogue]. It also, to supposedly make up for lost time during editing, adds a scene not shown on the theatrical or home video version of the film [although it was added as a deleted scene in the DVD]: Erin goes out to her car after storming into the office and shouting at Ed. She feels still feels very sick and then faints. It lands her in the hospital where George comes to visit [explaining why George would come and take care of Erin's kids while she went to get the signatures]. Ed also comes to visit and pleads her to not make stunts like she did again. Erin apologizes and says she's coming to the town meeting, sick or not. See more »

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Referenced in The Lonely Island Feat. Michael Bolton: Jack Sparrow (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Everyday Is a Winding Road
(end credits)
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Written by Sheryl Crow, Brian MacLeod and Jeff Trott (as Jeff Trott)
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Julia Roberts' best movie
19 February 2001 | by maitregSee 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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