Erin Brockovich

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Universal Released 2000

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Director:
Steven Soderbergh
Released:
2000
Rating:
R

Erin Brockovich is the inspiring 2000 true life drama directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh(Traffic, Sex, Lies and Videotape). (Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman) has a car accident, and after failing to sue a doctor, she bullies her lawyer, Ed Masry (Albert Finney, Wolfen), to give her a job in compensation. No-one takes her seriously for a while, mainly because of her trashy clothes and language use, but that changes when she investigates a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. She discovers they are quietly trying to buy land contaminated by Hexavalent Chromium, a deadly toxic waste that is illegally being dumped and going into the town's water mains. This is a true story about one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-million dollar corporation, pretty much taken down by one woman. Eventually they are found guilty for their crime, and have to pay over $300 million for damages, almost $5 million of that going to all families who have been affected by this cover-up.

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Thrillers, Biography, single parent, illegal activities, social issues