Philadelphia

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Released 1993

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Director:
Jonathan Demme
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG-13
Philadelphia is a 1993 drama directed by Jonathan Demme. It is based on the story of AIDS patient Geoffrey Bowers. Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is an HIV positive lawyer living with his lover, Miguel Alvarez (Antonio Banderas), in Philadelphia. Although he tries to keep his medical diagnosis hidden from the prominent law firm for which he works, people around the office slowly notice that he is not well. When he has to go to the hospital to get treated for complications due to AIDS, Beckett learns the next day that the firm has fired him. Although the partners claim that they have fired him due to his inability to do his job, Beckett thinks that they have really done it due to his illness. He hires homophobic defense attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to take his case and help him sue the law firm. Although Miller is reluctant to take Beckett's case at first, he soon sees Beckett's humanity and struggles to get him the justice he deserves.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    And yet Philadelphia is quite a good film, on its own terms. And for moviegoers with an antipathy to AIDS but an enthusiasm for stars like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, it may h...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    On a scene-by-scene basis, in terms of performance and the grave issues under consideration, the film is quite absorbing.

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    In the end, thanks to such effects and to the simple grace of Mr. Hanks's performance, this film does accomplish what it means to. Philadelphia rises above its flaws to convey the ...

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Social Issues, Medical, Gay & Lesbian, Legal