Philadelphia
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Philadelphia

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Director: Jonathan Demme

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

     
 

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Tom Hanks stars as a gay lawyer with AIDS who battles discrimination and ignorance as he hires a homophobic personal injury attorney after being fired from his job for incompetence in this heartfelt and emotional drama, arriving on DVD from Columbia/TriStar Home Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen version (enhanced for widescreen TVs) and… See more details below

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Overview

Tom Hanks stars as a gay lawyer with AIDS who battles discrimination and ignorance as he hires a homophobic personal injury attorney after being fired from his job for incompetence in this heartfelt and emotional drama, arriving on DVD from Columbia/TriStar Home Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen version (enhanced for widescreen TVs) and offering a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack in addition to alternate English, Spanish, and French Dolby Digital Surround tracks, this release also offers optional Spanish and Korean subtitles. This release has absolutely no extra features.

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:
09/10/1997
UPC:
0043396526198
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
2,283

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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

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Preview [2:45]
2. Start [3:29]
3. Beckett 1, Miller O [2:10]
4. "Your Blood Work Came Back This Morning" [1:00]
5. At Wyant, Wheeler, Hellerman, Tetlow and Brown [1:44]
6. Seeing Charles, Upstairs [4:16]
7. 9 Days Later; Needing to Go to the Hospital [2:37]
8. In the Emergency Room [2:58]
9. The Complaint Vanishes [1:35]
10. 1 Month Later: The New Father [1:46]
11. 1 Month Later: At Miller's Office [3:09]
12. Flashback: "Am I Being Fired?" [2:27]
13. Not Wanting the Case, for Personal Reasons [1:57]
14. With Miller's Doctor [1:37]
15. "You Have a Problem With Gays, Joe" [1:49]
16. 2 Weeks Later: At The Library [7:07]
17. 6 Weeks Later: Summons [1:10]
18. "We Ought to Be Suiing Him..." [1:49]
19. 40th Wedding Anniversary; Family Conference [3:14]
20. 7 Months Later: Miller's Opening Remarks [2:19]
21. Conine's Opening Remarks [1:55]
22. Mr. Laird [2:25]
23. Outside City Hall; Barflies [2:35]
24. Miss Benedict [1:29]
25. Miss Burton [2:27]
26. In the Pharmacy [1:47]
27. Plaintiff's Case, Day 10: Miss O'Hara [2:39]
28. Mr. Collins [1:35]
29. What the Case Is Really About [1:57]
30. In the Navy [2:02]
31. Home Treatment [3:35]
32. A Better Idea [3:01]
33. The General Thinking Out There; La Mamma Morta [8:17]
34. With His Daughter and Wife [2:20]
35. Andrew Takes the Stand [3:45]
36. Cross-Examination [6:28]
37. Five Minutes in Re-Direct [2:27]
38. Charles Wheeler Testifies [2:10]
39. Wheeler Cross-Examined; in Emergency [2:39]
40. Mr. Seidman [1:12]
41. The Jury Deliberates [:59]
42. 3 Days Later - the Verdict [1:29]
43. At the Hospital [4:36]
44. Farewells; "Miguel, I'm Ready" [3:10]
45. Remembering Andy (Philadelphia) [3:55]
46. End Credits [5:50]

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