- Erin Brockovich (2000)
- "Erin Brockovich" is essentially a film about
empowerment. A mother of three children is unemployed and has no source
of income. She decides that she has to find a job at all costs. In her
work at a small law firm, she discovers that she has very little respect
from the other employees. She comes to believe that the women of the
firm are jealous of her physical attributes when she is asked to change
to more appropriate work clothing. She dreams of one day having a job
where she is respected for what she brings to her position. She dreams
of being viewed as a person of integrity. As the story unfolds, Erin
develops a friendship with her boss that only strengthens with time
because of her hard work and determination to do a good job. He strongly
affirms Erin with several votes of confidence. As Erin works on her
case, she receives acceptance from her co-workers gradually and also
from those whom she wants to sign the petition. She also is required to
show some great courage when she receives some threats to her family.
Her case in a small California town that is plagued by bad water
requires endurance from her and from her children and
boyfriend/neighbor. The film depicts a journey of self-discovery for
Erin. She finds that there are many obstacles that she must overcome,
including dealing with the tension of not being with her children as
much as she would like when she is working on her project for the town.
The tension between working and not working is a strong one for Erin,
who does not have the benefits of child support for her three children.
As she gains the trust of the town, a sense of community between these
people develops. They begin to understand that all of their medical
problems are interconnected and that by joining together as one
community they have a greater chance of achieving their goals. At the
end of the film, Erin shows great joy at her accomplishments as a
person in the working world (not to give away the ending). (submitted by
Valerie Lyson Humphreys, Independence MO)
- Sethe's flight to
freedom and her survival as a free woman.
- The Mission (1986)
- The Color
- Celie's survival and
endurance despite the cruelty around her
in the Heart (1984)
- Edna's determination to keep her family
of Fire (1981)
- Eric Liddell gives a sermonette about
running the race of faith.
Start cue: "You came to see a race today"
End Cue: "That is how you run a straight race." (Youth
- Eric is pushed off track but comes back to win the
race. (DVD ch 12)
- Grapes of Wrath (1940)
- "We're the people
that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. We'll go on
forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people."
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