Movie Club – American Film Institute

May 29, 2020

ERIN BROCKOVICH

(2000)
ERIN BROCKOVICH, written by AFI alum Susannah Grant (AFI Class of 1991), was named one of the Top 10 films of 2000 by the American Film Institute. The film’s crusading protagonist ranks #31 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains list, and the film also appears at #73 on AFI’s list of the most inspiring films.

   
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Watch an exclusive clip from the AFI Archive in which the real-life Erin Brockovich discusses the film.

DID YOU KNOW?

The real Erin Brockovich hoped someone funny like Goldie Hawn would play her in a biopic of her life.

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Julia Roberts was paid $20 million for the role of Erin Brockovich, becoming the first actress in film history to receive that amount.

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Some residents of Hinkley who were involved in the actual case appeared in the movie in secondary roles and as extras.

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The real Erin Brockovich and Ed Masry appear very briefly in the film in a restaurant scene. She plays a waitress and he is a customer in a booth adjacent to Julia Roberts.

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The film earned five Academy Award® nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Julia Roberts won the Academy Award® for her performance in the film.

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ERIN BROCKOVICH was the last of Steven Soderbergh’s films to be shot by a cinematographer other than himself. Soderbergh now shoots all his films and TV productions under the pseudonym Peter Andrews.

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"You really think that I thought "Gosh, they're going to make a movie about it'...What we did hope for was that these people became a very strong voice & one that was heard."⁣

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