Cinema: Getting Angry Over Erin

Some Californians depicted in Erin Brockovich say the movie misrepresents their fight with PG&E

The regulars are gathered around the bar at Our Place, drinking cold colas to slake the Mojave Desert's midday parch, when somebody finally brings up the subject on everyone's mind: Erin Brockovich. "I remember the night the real Erin Brockovich walked in here," recalls bartender Lynn Tindell. "She was strutting her stuff. She knew all the guys were looking at her." Brockovich, as anyone who has seen the movie knows, was the sexy single mom who helped the residents of Hinkley, Calif., win a record $333 million settlement against Pacific Gas & Electric for contaminating their well water with toxic chromium...

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