Erin Brockovich | My Story
Born Erin Pattee in Lawrence, Kansas, to an outspoken, her boss, Ed Masry, ( played by Albert Finney in the film) unless she came up with $, led to her decision during her second unhappy marriage to have breast. The release of the popular film Erin Brockovich. The woman who fearlessly convinced lawyer Ed Masry to challenge Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Erin Brockovich is a stirring, funny and unconventional drama based on true events, starring With nowhere else to turn, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry to hire her at his law firm. Confused, she begins to question the connection. with them on their level makes them comfortable, ultimately earning their trust.
While investigating these records, she discovers that there might be a connection between the health issues families have been having living in Hinkley and the water that they have been consuming. Erin Brockovich is still battling water related court cases against large corporations to this day. The actual story of Erin Brockovich and the Pacific Gas and Electric Litigation is a lot more of a mess than the movie explains. Flaws of the justice system and lawyers are not portrayed in the movie due to the controversies that would have arisen if the film included what actually happened.
Also, it would have dragged out the movie excessively if the whole court case was shown, and would have taken away from the big message of the story.
In the movie, the poisoned citizens started to feel uneasy about the case once the separate law firm was brought in, but they were quickly reconciled by Brockovich. This film was meant to show the greatness of this case win and therefore included a lot more of the positive aspects of this ordeal and removed the harsh realities of the United States Justice system flaws. There are many prominent water themes through-out this film. Water and big business is a very obvious one because it deals with the covering-up of the contaminated groundwater by Pacific Gas and Electric.
Film Analysis #2 by Zoe Ogline – Water and Society
Many big corporations, due to their monetary value adding additional influence in the government, can get away with removing documents by paying off employees or government officials.
She tries and fails to get a job -- Her aspiration for work and self-reliance and her effort to get employed are genuine, but her lack of qualifications and personal characteristics make it difficult. Her repeated failures raise her energy level and break down her social behavior so that she can assert herself regardless of society's response. Car accident -- The accident signifies that she has come to the end of her energy and her reserves and is pressed to the point of desperation. Court case -- The verdict is society's response in favor of a respected physician and in condemnation of a woman living on the fringe of respectability.
Her effort to solve her problem by the lawsuit fails because laws are intended to support the social norm, which the physician represents. Having rejected society, she cannot benefit by its organization. Can't get job -- Again she tries and fails to get a job. Life is demanding of her extreme measures of resourcefulness that do not depend on the sympathy, charity or goodwill of others. Demands a job -- She demands a job from Masry and gets it on the sheer strength of her determination and pushiness, without qualifications or any legitimate claim.
Pro bono case -- The case coming to her is a life response to her aspiration for high accomplishment. Once she has found a place in society, that aspiration opens a big door. Decides to research it -- Many in her position would have been content to do the work 9 to 5 and take home a regular salary. She aspires to rise. Her drive is for accomplishment, not mere survival.
Therefore she takes initiative to research the assignment and discovers a hidden opportunity. Trip to Hinkley -- Her effort at this stage can be termed extraordinary -- above and beyond the call of duty. Extraordinary effort leads to extraordinary results! UCLA -- In addition to her physical effort, she exercises her mind as well and consults an expert on the hexavalent chlorine. Water Board -- Further initiative. Back to Hinkley -- She takes extraordinary efforts to win the confidence of the people of Hinkley and gain their support.
Personal Relationships -- Now for the first time she starts building positive personal relationships with all her clients, getting to know them, sympathize with them and feel committed to their success. Kurt's law firm -- Here too she has the courage to speak up and confront the arrogance of her professional colleagues and demand that they respect her. There failure in handling the clients shows that she has converted her lack of professional qualification as a strength in dealing with them.
She has transformed a limitation into a capacity by her resourceful attitude. Life Responds But effort alone is not enough. When Erin totally exhausts her capacities, life takes over and delivers a bonanza. One evening after another exhausting day of collecting signatures, Erin stopped at a Hinkley bar for one last signature.
A strange looking man sitting at the bar approached her. He said he had been watching Erin and decided she was someone he could trust implicitly. He then revealed to her that he had been ordered to shred documents implicating corporate, but that he had not destroyed the crucial documents. He subsequently provided Erin with all the evidence needed to win the case! Maximum effort evokes a response from life.
For the long-suffering people of Hinkley, it was the acknowledgement that a great wrong had been perpetuated, which they were now being handsomely compensated for. As a result of their success, Masry and Erin are able to sign on several other similar cases that are even larger than the Hinkley case.
For Erin Brockovich, it meant the end of her life of struggle — of poverty, insecurity, and low self-esteem -- and the beginning of an entirely new existence.
Masry had agreed to pay Erin generously in the event they won the case. In view of her extraordinary efforts and contribution, he decided that the amount Erin had asked was too small. Summary of Life Responses Erin meets Masry as the result of her car accident.
In a moment of bravado, Masry promises to win the case which he fails to do. His broken promise becomes an excuse for Erin to demand a job from him later.
Ultimately he does win 'the case' -- fulfilling his initial promise to her. After Erin loses the personal injury case, she finds it impossible to get a job anywhere. That forces her to go back to Masry and ask for work. Thus her misfortune creates the circumstances that lead ultimately to great good fortune. She is assigned to process the pro bono Hinkley real estate case, which is apparently a routine insignificant affair.
Actually life has placed in her hands an incredible opportunity. It is her aspiration and resourcefulness that convert the routine matter into a chance of a lifetime. Erin was the youngest child of an industrial engineer father and journalist mother. Her parents always believed that she could do anything she set her mind to if she learned to focus her amazing energy.
After a few years roaming around at various colleges, Erin decided that she wanted to be a California girl. After divorcing, the single mother became a secretary at a brokerage firm where she met and married her second husband.
But that marriage was short lived and the now mother of three was solo again. Up until this point, Erin was the average divorced single mother trying to make a living… until she crossed paths with lawyer, Ed Masry, and changed the course of both their lives. They won a small settlement but she still needed work so she got a job at their law firm as a file clerk, it was while organizing papers on a pro bono real estate case that Erin first found medical records that would explode into the largest direct action lawsuit in US history.
This poison affected the health of the population of Hinkley.