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Dark Waters

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
December 2019
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Dark Waters

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Director: Todd Haynes

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins


2019, USA, 126 minutes, Digital, PG-13

Language: English

Distributor: Focus Features

Program Notes

From the producers of Spotlight and Green Book, DARK WATERS tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Academy Award®-winner Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Academy Award®-winner Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

Critics' Praise

“Dark Waters might just inspire you to throw out your non-stick pans and sip nervously on that next glass of water.”
– Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat

“Dark Waters [is] a direct, compelling, and damning procedural drama, one that respects the emotional ordeal of Rob Bilott as much as it builds the case against the managers of DuPont.”
– Stuart Klawans, Film Comment

“Mark Ruffalo, a great actor of seemingly limitless range, brings a growing sense of moral outrage to this gripping Todd Haynes docudrama about a corporate lawyer who risks it all to take on the chemical companies he’s been hired to defend.”
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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