Philadelphia

Philadelphia

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Director: Jonathan Demme, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards Jr.

Cast: Jonathan Demme, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards Jr.

     
 

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At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political, and social issues of AIDS. Tom Hanks, in his first Academy Award-winning performance, plays Andrew Beckett, a talented lawyer at a stodgy Philadelphia law firm. The

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At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political, and social issues of AIDS. Tom Hanks, in his first Academy Award-winning performance, plays Andrew Beckett, a talented lawyer at a stodgy Philadelphia law firm. The homosexual Andrew has contracted AIDS but fears informing his firm about the disease. The firm's senior partner, Charles Wheeler (Jason Robards), assigns Andrew a case involving their most important client. Andrew begins diligently working on the case, but soon the lesions associated with AIDS are visible on his face. Wheeler abruptly removes Andrew from the case and fires him from the firm. Andrew believes he has been fired because of his illness and plans to fight the firm in court. But because of the firm's reputation, no lawyer in Philadelphia will risk handling his case. In desperation, Andrew hires Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), a black lawyer who advertises on television, mainly handling personal injury cases. Miller dislikes homosexuals but agrees to take the case for the money and exposure. As Miller prepares for the courtroom battle against one of the law firm's key litigators, Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen), Miller begins to realize the discrimination practiced against Andrew is no different from the discrimination Miller himself has to battle against. The cast also includes Antonio Banderas as Andrew's partner, Joanne Woodward as Andrew's mother, and Stephanie Roth as Joe's wife.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Widely noted as the first mainstream studio film to deal with AIDS, and featuring two of the world's biggest actors (Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington), Jonathan Demme's moving, well-intentioned drama, despite its naysayers, is a challenging and sometimes surprising work. Both leads (especially Hanks, in his first Oscar-winning role) deliver wonderfully nuanced portrayals, and Demme's signature touches (particularly the potent use of close-ups and music) are perfectly suited to this material. Denounced by many gay audiences as timid and tentative about its central romantic pairing (Hanks and Antonio Banderas) -- not to mention its eagerness to please mass American viewers -- the film nonetheless benefits from its decency and warm approach in dealing with its characters. For whatever missteps the film makes (framing a deeply tragic character study within the auspices of a courtroom drama, for one), its emotions are indelible and its risk-taking is appreciated. Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for his haunting, elegant opening-titles theme, "Streets of Philadelphia," and in an odd case of art imitating life, Hanks' tearful, memorable Oscar acceptance speech (where he thanked his gay acting teacher from years back) became the source material for the 1997 comedy In & Out, starring Kevin Kline.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
UPC:
0043396078536
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:05:00

Special Features

Filmmakers' audio commentary with director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner; "People Like Us: Making Philadelphia" -- The cast and crew of Jonathan Demme's groundbreaking Philadelphia discuss the inspiration for and creation of the first Hollywood studio film about AIDS; The critically acclaimed documentary "One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave"; Deleted scenes; Includes the music video for the Academy Award-winning original song, "Streets of Philadelphia," performed by Bruce Springsteen; Courthouse protest footage and interviews; Joe Miller's Macready & Shilts Legal Services TV spot; Original theatrical release featurette; Previews; Filmographies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Andrew Beckett
Denzel Washington Joe Miller
Jason Robards Charles Wheeler
Mary Steenburgen Belinda Conine
Antonio Banderas Miguel Alvarez
Ron Vawter Bob Seidman
Joanne Woodward Sarah Beckett
Charles Napier Judge Garnett
Andre B. Blake Young Man in Pharmacy
Robert W. Castle Bud Beckett
Daniel Chapman Clinic Storyteller
Roger Corman Mr. Laird
Ann Dowd Jill Beckett
David Drake Bruno
Charles Glenn Kenneth Killcoyne
Paul Lazar Dr. Klenstein
John Bedford Lloyd Matt Beckett
Roberta Maxwell Judge Tate
Warren Miller Mr. Finley
Joey Perillo Filko
Lauren Roselli Iris
Anna Deavere Smith Anthea Burton
Daniel Von Bargen Jury Foreman
Tracey Walter Librarian
Bradley Whitford Jamey Collins
Kathryn Witt Melissa Benedict
Julius "Dr. J" Erving Himself
Howard Feuer Actor
Robert Ridgely Walter Kenton
Buzz Kilman "Crutches"
Stephanie Roth Rachel Smilow
Paul Moore Hospital Patient
Jane Moore Lydia Glines
Adam Le Fevre Jill's Husband
Gary Goetzman Guido Paonessa
Jordan Cael The Jury
Dodie Demme The Jury
Harry Northrup The Jury
Kenneth Utt The Jury
Steve Vignari The Jury
Lawrence T. Wrentz The Jury
Obba Babatunde Jerome Green
James B. Howard Dexter Smith
Jim Roche "Not Adam and Steve"
Donna Hamilton Angela Medina
Tony Fitzpatrick Bartender
Ira Flitter Andrew's Friend
Gene Borkan Bailiff
Lucas Platt Robert
Lewis Walker "Punchline"
Randy Aaron Fink E.R. Doctor
Lisa Summerour Lisa Miller

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Producer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Bozman Executive Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Tim Galvin Art Director
Gary Goetzman Executive Producer
Tony Jannelli Camera Operator
Craig McKay Editor
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Ron Nyswaner Screenwriter
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Steve Rose Production Designer
Steve Rose Production Designer
Edward Saxon Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Bruce Springsteen Score Composer
Kenneth Utt Executive Producer
Neil Young Score Composer
Kristi Zea Associate Producer,Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Film
1. Start [:21]
2. Beckett 1, Miller 0 [3:10]
3. In Emergency [11:48]
4. At Miller's Office [6:20]
5. "Am I Being Fired?" [3:09]
6. At the Library [8:13]
7. Summons [6:45]
8. 40th Wedding Anniversary [3:00]
9. Miller's Opening Remarks [3:40]
10. Conine's Opening Remarks [1:53]
11. Mr. Laird [1:41]
12. Miss Benedict [:13]
13. Miss Burton [5:00]
14. At the Pharmacy [1:29]
15. Miss O'Hara [2:38]
16. Mr. Collins [1:44]
17. In the Navy [2:32]
18. Home Treatment [3:33]
19. A Better Idea [2:02]
20. "La Mamma Morta" [3:35]
21. Andrew Takes the Stand [5:30]
22. Cross-Examination [8:09]
23. Five Minutes in Re-Direct [3:45]
24. Charles Wheeler [6:28]
25. Mr. Seidman [2:27]
26. The Verdict [4:50]
27. At the Hospital [2:12]
28. Remembering Andy [1:28]

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Philadelphia 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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This is possibly the greatest movie i've ever seen. Tom Hanks portrayed his greatest character and was indefinently an Acadamey Award performance. Denzel Washington was phenomenal and should have won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The movie was very emotional and cried for half the time. Great music and a great story. Reccomend for anybody who wants to see a tear dropper.
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This movie is extremely touching and evocative. This movie will make you appreciate your life and want to fight for a cause. Tom Hanks gives the best performance of his career (in my opinion), as does Denzel Washington, who was absolutely astounding. I've never cried so much in a movie in my entire life. It's absolutely amazing. WATCH IT! BUY IT!
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This is a great adventure in nature where i learned a whole lot about natives in nature. it was very educational about nature. and also most especially about natives too.
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If Tom Hanks is the golden boy of Hollywood, he sure risked it all in this movie about AIDS. A poignant and compelling role played by both Hanks and Denzel Washington.
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All i can say about this movie is that it is touching. It tells the story of Andrew Beckett a Gay man with Aids. Watch this movie, and you will be proud that today, we are not so racist towards gay people. And that today we know more about the Aids Virus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got a story bout that movie there is a connection to it in my family. A fellow who was part of my church but came to an ill end and left his wife went off with another man and got into movies in toronto was in that movie. Why? because he had HIV and he died shortly after. He is in five minutes into movie when tom hanks is in doctors waiting room. The real kicker is the name of my fathers church was Philidelphia house named after the one church in revalations that had no bad said of it. I think it is really scary that the movie Dan was in before he died was called philidelphia. If you look in the credits of the movie at the end his name was Dan Chapman. Thats my story bout this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Philadelphia is inspiring story about overcoming discrimination. Denzel Washington gives an outstanding performance as a homophobic lawyer who changes as the movie progresses. Tom Hanks (who won an oscar for this one) also gives a top notch performance. Great supporting cast as well (namely the late, great Jason Robards and Mary Steenburgeon). Also, look for my second cousin (Donna Hamilton) as the reporter who asks Tom's character those tough questions!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best movie of all time and you will fall in love with the story of Andrew Bekket and how no on e would help him until one man was willing to take on a huge law firm.you will cry everytime.It is my FAVORITE movie ever.I watch it every day and you will to when you first look into the eyes of Andrew Bekket!!!