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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 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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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 »

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Trivia

The Office and House sets are in use at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, CA. See more »

Goofs

The first time that Erin visits the Water Board archive, the photocopier has a blue start button. When she returns later, the start button changes to green. See more »

Quotes

Ed Masry: I'd love to help, Erin, but I'm sorry, I have a full staff right now, so...
Erin Brockovich: Bullshit. If you had a full staff, this office would return a client's damn phone calls.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Bluegrass Hoedown
Written & Performed by Chris Horvath
Courtesy of Del Rey Music, Inc. / Who Did That Music? Library
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Two great characters, one fine film
24 March 2000 | by PryderiSee all my reviews

Erin Brokovich is all about two characters: the title character, played by Julia Roberts, and Ed Masry, played by Albert Finney. Brokovich is a bold and flashy woman; given all the buzz, everyone reading this has surely already heard about her wardrobe. Masry is a talented but world-weary lawyer in a small law firm.

Roberts and Finney are both in fine form here, making the characters sympathetic and believable. The supporting cast is not as strong - none of the other characters in the film seem entirely filled-out - but that's a minor quibble.

There is a bit of a tone of moral righteousness here. After all, it is the story of a nobody going up against Big Business, not to mention the obstacles facing a single mother in the working world. But it's not overdone, and the film succeeds in getting you to root for the underdog, an always popular pastime.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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