AFI Movie Club: ERIN BROCKOVICH – American Film Institute
Erin Brockovich Film Still - Julia Roberts and Albert Finney



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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Movie Trivia about TODAY’S FILM

-DID YOU KNOW that the real Erin Brockovich initially hoped someone funny like Goldie Hawn would play her in a biopic of her life?

-DID YOU KNOW that the first cut of the film ran for three hours and fifteen minutes, over an hour longer than the final release version?

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

-DID YOU KNOW that some residents of Hinkley who were involved in the actual case appeared in the movie in secondary roles and as extras?

-DID YOU KNOW that 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.

-DID YOU KNOW that 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.

-DID YOU KNOW that ERIN BROCKOVICH is the last of Steven Soderbergh’s films to be shot by a cinematographer other than himself, in this case, Edward Lachman? Soderbergh shot all his subsequent films and TV productions himself, using the pseudonym Peter Andrews.

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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-What struggles did the character of Erin Brockovich have with balancing her family and career? How is she treated as a single mother by society?

-What is it about the case of Hinkley vs. PG&E that made Erin connect with it so strongly?

-How do preconceived notions about the protagonist’s appearance and attitude affect the way in which she is treated over the course of the film?

-What does the film have to say about corporate responsibility and about the influence of an unconventional outsider like Erin Brockovich to bring them to justice?

-What do you think of the biopic genre, and why is cinema such a powerful medium to tell real-life stories? Which biopic resonates with you the most?

-What are your favorite movies directed by Steven Soderbergh? And your favorite films starring Julia Roberts?

-How would you rate ERIN BROCKOVICH?


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

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