Erin Brockovich

March 17th, 2000


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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.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.2/10 (72,152 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin

Erin Brockovich 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 lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation.

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

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

Release Date: 17 March 2000

Filming Locations: Baker, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $52,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $28,138,465 (USA) (19 March 2000) (2848 Screens)

Gross: $256,271,286 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Coincidentally, four supporting players here went on to appear as regulars on highly successful TV series: Conchata Ferrell (legal secretary) played Berta in Two and a Half Men, Marg Helgenberger (plaintiff) played Catherine Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cherry Jones (plaintiff) played President Allison Taylor in 24 and Wade Williams (plaintiff) played Brad Bellick in Prison Break.

Anachronisms: At the picnic there is a can of Diet Coke that has the 1997 style, rather than the 1986 design used in the early 1990s.

Erin Brockovich: Are you going to be something else that I have to survive? Because... to tell you the truth... I'm not up to it.

User Review

Truth IS Stranger Than Fiction


If I didn't know it was based on a "true" story I might have dismissed this movie as "unrealistic", particularly in the first half hour or so when it started off like another Julia Roberts comedy. At the beginning the film appears to focus primarily on her wardrobe, her foul language, and the developing romance with the "boy next door", whom she initially dislikes. As it turns out, the actual story, according to the bonus features on the DVD was even more melodramatic than the film's. The real Erin actually got sick to the point of hospitalization from the chromium in Hinkley. The director wisely decided to cut out this part of the story, to avoid making her too much of a martyr. Another aspect while not totally ignored (she does mention at least once that she's a "slow reader") but underplayed is Erin's dyslexia. This makes her accomplishments all the more amazing! Personally, I think this fact could have been emphasized more, as no doubt it was a big factor behind her "attitude" problems - her combativeness toward people with more education than herself, her struggles in finding a job, perhaps even in her efforts to accentuate her physical attractiveness through her outrageous clothing. All in all I found it an enjoyable and enlightening story - the triumph of a unique individual whose determination, empathy, and sense of moral duty ultimately outweigh her abrasiveness and lack of social graces. And largely why she triumphs is her partnership with an intelligent and decent lawyer in Ed Masry. What a refreshing departure from the usual Hollywood stereotype! On many occasions, he effectively counters Erin's prejudices with rational explanations how and why the legal system works the way it does, and why lawyers behave the way they do. With her passion and his reason, they make a great team. Now if only the movie hadn't fallen into the old Hollywood trap of giving its leading lady more outfits than is realistic for someone of her economic status. The point that Erin dressed provocatively and this caused problems with her co-workers could have easily been made with just 3 or 4 costumes. Other than that, it was a good movie - great performances and a wonderful story.