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(7,432 posts)
Thu May 9, 2024, 06:16 PM May 9

'Dark Waters' on Netflix will curl your hair.

Mark Ruffalo is brilliant in the primary role. I know this story, but the human side of it that the film presents left me in tears.

It's shocking. Must-see.

Dark Waters is a 2019 American legal thriller film directed by Todd Haynes and written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. The story dramatizes Robert Bilott's case against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals. It stars Mark Ruffalo as Bilott, along with Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman.
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(25,230 posts)
2. I second your rec. I was moved to create a post reccing this movie after I watched it a couple of weeks ago.
Thu May 9, 2024, 06:20 PM
May 9

Ruffalo was excellent in his role.


(66,151 posts)
4. I've Seen It
Thu May 9, 2024, 06:24 PM
May 9

Back in late 2020, I subbed an environmental science class for 8 days. Each day, I'd show 15 minutes of the movie & discuss it.
It is very good. Very dark subject matter.
I worked in the chemical industry for 42 years & I found the company's behavior to be unlike anything I'd ever seen by a company that should know better.
I've seen some shabbily run operations in my time, but nothing close to this scale.
And, not by a company of this magnitude.
(In fact, i was part of both the due diligence team & the transition team of sn acquisition. They were light years more cavalier about environmental & safety than we would ever be. Our first move was to warn the managers of those grouos to toe the line or find other work. We got rid of the plant manager.)
Dreadful situation in that movie.


(70,730 posts)
6. just watched it the other night.
Thu May 9, 2024, 06:37 PM
May 9

as a long time pet bird owner, i’ve known this shit for 3 decades.
it’s about time something is being done, maybe.
but at least ppl know.


(9,958 posts)
11. This issue is hitting me hard. I live in NW Georgia, where Dupont and other manufacturers
Thu May 9, 2024, 07:53 PM
May 9

have been dumping PFAS chemicals into the rivers that run thru this area for years. The city water/sewer has been processing this water and dumping the sludge onto a field out in the county. A farmer's cattle graze in this sludge field. I'm sure the cattle are slaughtered for beef and sent out into the food supply.

I am fortunate that my water comes from a well. I recently had it tested and, though it does contain PFAS at 1.7 ppt, it is better than most areas of the county supplied by municipal water sources.



(897 posts)
12. Great Movie. Ruffalo is excellent as well as
Thu May 9, 2024, 07:56 PM
May 9

The rest of the cast. Have to be honest, though. Years ago, after being interested at first, and then going down the rabbit hole of Love Canal, this movie and story, feels like self torture...

I just feel like money always wins. Fucking depressing.


(17,497 posts)
14. I followed the story in the news
Thu May 9, 2024, 08:06 PM
May 9

We live up river from Parkersburg and other locations affected by dupont. The lack of concern from companies is all up and down the Ohio River.

LT Barclay

(2,639 posts)
15. I had my kids watch it when they were 12 and 14. About a year ago. We are surrounded by republicans so I want them to
Thu May 9, 2024, 09:11 PM
May 9

know what republicans really stand for.

If you are checking this thread to make a decision about the movie: it is great, it is dark, it WILL haunt you; probably forever. If you are like me, you will develop a deep abiding hate for the politicians and businessmen that allow this. I once watched a talk by a very soft-spoken architect who designs LEED buildings and he compared his collegues who design buildings using toxic materials to those who designed the death camps (if anyone remembers who that was, please let me know). But how much more so are those who design systems that pollute our land, air and water (I'm looking at you Tyson Foods), and those who allow it.


(9,120 posts)
16. The movie sounds like
Thu May 9, 2024, 09:13 PM
May 9

a movie years ago about a small town, and small law firm taking on a huge polluting Corporation, and them getting buried by the Corporate Lawyers Paperwork, putting them out of businesss.....

I will try to remember the name of the movie, and the star actor that starred in it.......

Here you go: JOHN TRAVOLTA......A CIVIL ACTION..............

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