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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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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

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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 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:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
6,710

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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
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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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!