Erin Brockovich

Roberts, Julia

SKU: 025192010620

UPC 025192010620
Release Date 2014-05-06
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Length 132
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Julia Roberts reaffirms her superstar status with ERIN BROCKOVICH, an inspirational drama that is based on a true story. Roberts plays Erin Brockovich, a twice-divorced mother of three who is struggling to remain afloat. After she is involved in a car accident, she loses what should have been a lucrative settlement. Jobless and pressured, Erin convinces the attorney from her case, Ed Masry (Albert Finney), to hire her as a lawyer's assistant. She also befriends her neighbor George (Aaron Eckhart), a sexy biker whose dedication to her children appears too good to be true. As Erin settles into her job, she convinces Ed to let her pursue a case that involves the residents of a local community. Apparently, several of the townspeople have become sick with cancer and other diseases. The more that Erin investigates, the more sure she becomes of the guilt of Pacific Gas & Electric Company, an incredibly powerful corporation. Steven Soderbergh shoots BROCKOVICH with a flashy realism that allows Roberts to shine every second she appears onscreen.Theatrical release: March 17, 2000. Shot on location in various California cities (Barstow, Boron, Hinkley, Oxnard, Ventura, and the campus of UCLA). The film grossed more than $125 million at the box office. Both the real-life Erin Brockovich-Ellis and Ed Masry have cameos in the film. Julia Roberts and Erin Brockovich-Ellis did not meet each other until the middle of filming so as not to cause any distractions or forced imitations. However, Erin did spend time on the set; she found the experience of watching her life unfold in front of her surreal and agonizing. The first cut of the film ran 3:15; more than an hour was cut out in the final print. The DVD release includes many of these deleted scenes, with the director talking about why they were cut. Among the scenes cut were shots of Erin taking a picture of the plant; however, that scene still ran in the trailer. Even Soderbergh fave Mike Malone (OUT OF SIGHT, SCHIZOPOLIS) ended up on the cutting-room floor. An entire subplot involving Erin becoming sick was cut from the film. Some of the extras in the crowd during the firehouse speech scene were actual plaintiffs in the case. Also, Judge Leroy A. Simmons plays himself in the film. Beware: Spoiler! Erin's indomitable spirit helped get the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit in U.S. history ($333 million). Paul Tatara and Paul Clinton of and Jeff Strickler of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named ERIN BROCKOVICH one of the 10 best films of 2000; the Las Vegas Film Critics Society named ERIN BROCKOVICH the best film of 2000. Julia Roberts won a People's Choice Award in January 2001 for Favorite Motion Picture Actress. The San Diego Film Critics Society named Julia Roberts Best Actress for ERIN BROCKOVICH, in a tie with Laura Linney for YOU CAN COUNT ON ME; the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association also named Roberts Best Actress. The National Society of Film Critics, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review, and the New York Film Critics Circle named Steven Soderbergh Best Director of 2000. Steven Soderbergh was nominated for two Golden Globes for Best Director, for ERIN BROCKOVICH and TRAFFIC. Susannah Grant and Richard LaGravenese won Best Original Screenplay for ERIN BROCKOVICH from the Las Vegas Film Critics Circle. ERIN BROCKOVICH received Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture--Drama, Best Director--Motion Picture (Steven Soderbergh), Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture--Drama (Julia Roberts), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Albert Finney). Julia Roberts won for her lead performance....Remarkably satisfying Hollywood entertainment....Superbly structured...An exhilarating tale....Well done....ERIN BROCKOVICH is everything that 'inspirational' true-life stories should be and rarely are......Relaxed and supremely engaging....Roberts' delightful performance, shaded with a depth and complexity unprecedented in her career, is the centrepiece of ERIN BROCKOVICH...I'm smart, I'm hardworking, and I'll do anything. And I'm not leaving here without a job.--Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) to Ed Masry (Albert Finney) Don't be too nice to me.--Erin Why?--George (Aaron Eckhart) Makes me nervous.--Erin What makes you think you can just walk in there and find, uh, what we need?--Ed They're called boobs, Ed.--Erin...ERIN BROCKOVICH will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you stand up and cheer. ERIN BROCKOVICH is the feel-good movie of the year......Roberts is stunningly convincing and appealing in the role of this highly individualist Everywoman....When activism is this sexy and fun it warms the heart... -- 4 out of 5 stars...This is the role Roberts has been looking for. It's a role that allows the actress, like her character, to use her allure for a good cause...The embodiment of brains and heart, this terrific comedy has a starring performance by Julia Roberts that's as funny, romantic and justifiably self-confident as any seen on the screen since Hollywood's golden age.
Cast Stacey Sher (Producer)
Philip Messina (Production Designer)
Thomas Newman (Composer)
Peter Coyote (Star)
Cherry Jones (Star)
Marg Helgenberger (Star)
Veanne Cox (Star)
Aaron Eckhart (Star)
Mimi Kennedy (Star)
Danny DeVito (Producer)
Michael Shamberg (Producer)
Anne V. Coates (Editor)
Richard LaGravenese (Screenplay Uncredited)
Susannah Grant (Screenwriter)
Tracey Walter (Star)
Conchata Ferrell (Star)
Edward Lachman (Director of Photography)
Jeffrey Kurland (Costume Designer)
Steven Soderbergh (Director)
Julia Roberts (Star)
Jamie Harrold (Star)
Albert Finney (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Deleted scenes with commentary by director Steven Soderbergh Spotlight on location: the making of Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich: a look at a real life experience 100 years of Universal: Academy Award winners 100 years of Universal: the lot Theatrical trailer Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish DTS - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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