ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000)
This show re-lives a true story about a woman, Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts and directed by Steven Soderbergh, of how a woman can achieve personal and professional victory by overcoming obstacles external to her and those within her. With limited skills she took on corporate world and caused compensation of US$33M to be paid out to residents of a small town in California, Hickley, as compensation for contaminated water supply.
Erin, is an uneducated jobless mother of three children. She was married and divorced twice and at the start of the show she was without a job though feverishly seeking one. To her a glimmer of hope came when a wealthy doctor who ran a red light slams into her car. She felt she had won the litigation jackpot. Her lawyer, Ed Masry (Albert Finney) tries to tame her loose tongue in court, but she blew it on the stand and ended up getting nothing. Her nightmare continued until she played on her lawyer’s guilt about losing the case to influence him to hire her as a gofer in his office. Erin, though, could not contain her badgering of scorching insults to staffs and her boss, Ed. She was never appropriately dressed for work in that she wore garish outfits. Though in her jibes there may have been truths, her hostile demeanor made her more a liability than an asset. On the job Erin was given a routine task from which there was expected to be no income. It was the purchase of a property by a large utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). It was a family owned and occupied property adjacent to one of PG&E’s desert plants. Erin became curious and started to investigate. Erin tapped into her strengths to bring PG&E to their knees. Among her strengths was a tremendous underutilized talent for gaining empathy, especially from the genuinely downtrodden or “unvoiced” member of society. She also has a superb memory for detail and a powerful instinct for visceral confrontation with those in...
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