Bob Marshak
EW Staff
February 11, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Erin Brockovich

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
126 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/17/00
performer
Albert Finney, Julia Roberts, Peter Coyote, Aaron Eckhart, Conchata Ferrell, Scotty Leavenworth, Irene Olga Lopez, Emily Marks, Julie Marks
director
Steven Soderbergh
Producers
Jersey Films
distributor
Jersey Films, Universal
author
Susannah Grant
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Norma Rae’s got some serious competition in the heroine category, thanks to Roberts’ portrayal of Erin Brockovich. In the mid-’90s, according to the movie, Brockovich, a struggling single mother turned legal detective, helped California plaintiffs win a $333 million settlement of water-contamination claims against Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

While Soderbergh (”sex, lies, and videotape”) instructed Roberts not to meet the woman she was playing — ”Julia was on the right track, and I didn’t want her to be pulled in another direction” — the director spent hours interviewing Brockovich and attorney Edward Masry (played by Finney). Roberts, meanwhile, got into the role by stepping into her most revealing wardrobe since ”Pretty Woman.” ”The day I got there,” says Roberts, ”I was like, ‘That’s a shirt?!’ You just have to get over it. And then everyone else has to.”

Written by Susannah Grant (”28 Days”), then buffed up by Richard LaGravenese (”The Bridges of Madison County”), ”Brockovich” sailed through production (even completing principal photography a day early) but hit a small snag when it came to its title. ”The studio wanted a different one,” admits Soderbergh, ”but the bottom line is, it’s Julia Roberts in ”Erin Brockovich,” and people will go.” BUZZ FACTOR: 9

Go to the official website.

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST