PhiladelphiaDirector: Jonathan Demme
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.
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Cast & Crew
|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|
|Charles Glenn||Kenneth Killcoyne|
|Paul Lazar||Dr. Klenstein|
|John Bedford Lloyd||Matt Beckett|
|Roberta Maxwell||Judge Tate|
|Warren Miller||Mr. Finley|
|Anna Deavere Smith||Anthea Burton|
|Daniel Von Bargen||Jury Foreman|
|Bradley Whitford||Jamey Collins|
|Kathryn Witt||Melissa Benedict|
|Julius "Dr. J" Erving||Himself|
|Robert Ridgely||Walter Kenton|
|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|
|Ira Flitter||Andrew's Friend|
|Randy Aaron Fink||E.R. Doctor|
|Lisa Summerour||Lisa Miller|
|Colleen Atwood||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ron Bozman||Executive Producer|
|Tim Galvin||Art Director|
|Gary Goetzman||Executive Producer|
|Tony Jannelli||Camera Operator|
|Chris Newman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Karen O'Hara||Set Decoration/Design|
|Steve Rose||Production Designer|
|Steve Rose||Production Designer|
|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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!