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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.


Todd Haynes


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 »
510 ( 70)
7 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on The New York Times Exposé. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some disturbing images and strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The first film from this independent director that was developed by a Hollywood studio. See more »


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


Sarah's Mother: Rob's missing such a lovely day.
Sarah Barlage Bilott: Law's a jealous mistress, Mom. Means it comes with the territory.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits : some of the main real characters are shown, and it is revealed that some of the background characters were played by people involved with the real case. See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »


Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
Performed by Philadelphia Brass Ensemble (as The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble)
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Wow, who knew? This biopic story NEEDED to be told.
21 January 2020 | by TopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

Dupont's stock dropped when this film was released. I never knew about this deception until I saw this biopic. Casting was excellent with stellar and convincing performances. Directing was good but the editing was terrible in some parts. I also felt the 126 min runtime was too long, and felt even longer with the slow pacing and some dragged out/unnecessary scenes. Had the pacing been faster and 20-25 mins shaved off the runtime, I would've rated this gem higher. Still, a great biopic about a story that needed to be told, and a well deserved 8/10 from me. Now off to go throw away my teflon non-stick pans...

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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,606, 24 November 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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