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Dark Waters (2019)

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A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

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Todd Haynes

Writers:

Nathaniel Rich (based on The New York Times magazine article "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare" by), Mario Correa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Rob Bilott
Anne Hathaway ... Sarah Barlage Bilott
Tim Robbins ... Tom Terp
Bill Pullman ... Harry Dietzler
Bill Camp ... Wilbur Tennant
Victor Garber ... Phil Donnelly
Mare Winningham ... Darlene Kiger
William Jackson Harper ... James Ross
Louisa Krause ... Carla Pfeiffer
Kevin Crowley ... Larry Winter
Bruce Cromer ... Kim Burke
Denise Dal Vera ... Sandra Tennant
Richard Hagerman Richard Hagerman ... Joe Kiger
Abi Van Andel ... Kathleen Welch
John Newberg ... Dr. Gillespie
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A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

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The Truth Has a Man on the Inside


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thematic content, some disturbing images, and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,606, 24 November 2019

Gross USA:

$11,136,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,601,384
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins were also co-stars in Thanks for Sharing (2012). See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Rob is driving across a bridge, entering into West Virginia. The bridge he is on is actually the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (also known as the "Big Mac Bridge" for it's distinctive yellow arches) which crosses the Ohio River between Newport, Kentucky and Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. See more »

Quotes

Robert Bilott: The system is rigged. The want us to believe that it'll protect us, but that's a lie. We protect us. We do. Nobody else. Not the companies, not the scientists, not the government. Us.
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References A Civil Action (1998) See more »

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Written by Ed Hill (as Edward Monroe Hill), Mark D. Sanders (as Mark Daniel Saunders) and Kim Williams
Performed by Reba McEntire
Published by Universal Music - Careers, Universal Music Corp, WC Music Corp, Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing
Courtesy of MCA Nashville under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Corporation Does Not Factor Humanity
7 December 2019 | by statuskuoSee all my reviews

There's nothing here that you have not seen. Go ahead and call it "Aaron Brockovich." But director Todd Haynes still makes it entirely engaging and painfully true that death is a number compared to liability and that is how you can sustain cold hearted industry. Made more gut wrenching is how they believed the ends justified the means. Mark Ruffalo tackles the lawyer with the conscience wonderfully. Suffering under the weight of what he must do and what then envelops his small world. It's heroic in how much he does sacrifice and let's face it, these stories don't end well. What director Haynes does is put a face to the not-on-the-books crime. And though, it only is a civil case somehow you sense the frustration of the town. Not played as rubes but believing that a massive corporation who funded and gave perks to sustain the village wouldn't willingly destroy it. As we know now versus 1998, they knew...if not for simple morbid curiosity. Then sat on the information as it fed the machine decades later, we are now more informed and much more paranoid. Everything we eat or touch or...breathe we are closer to death. I was in that area in 1998...and the news then spent less time on it then I recall. As a college bound student, I heard murmurs of DuPont and jokes were made of this. Now...it seems bitterly grim. How many lives were destroyed because of shady dealings. When you peel the onion, you do weep. I love this flick. The flavor of that era is pitch perfect. The backroads of an industrial town, built under poor chemistry just sweats disease. And you walk out angered by it. The fight continues to this day.


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