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Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 14 January 1994 (USA)
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

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Judge Tate
Buzz Kilman ...
Crutches
Karen Finley ...
Dr. Gillman
Daniel Chapman ...
Clinic Storyteller
Mark Sorensen Jr. ...
Clinic Patient
Jeffrey Williamson ...
Tyrone
Charles Glenn ...
Kenneth Killcoyne
Ron Vawter ...
Bob Seidman
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Rachel Smilow (as Stephanie Roth)
Lisa Talerico ...
Shelby
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Storyline

Andrew Beckett, a gay, HIV positive lawyer, is fired from his law firm in fear that they might contract HIV from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him. Written by Geoffrey A. Middleton {gamidd01@morehead-st.edu}

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No one would take on his case... until one man was willing to take on the system.

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Rated PG-13 for some graphic language and thematic material | See all certifications »

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

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At Risk  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,324,422 (USA)
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The moment when Mary Steenburgen's character says that she hates the case was improvised in the moment, when the actress expressed her hate towards her role after shooting the mirror scene and Jonathan Demme encouraged her to incorporate it into the role, so the woman would seem more human. See more »

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When on the witness stand, Walter Kenton says that, while in the Navy, he and his fellow Navy men dealt with an unethical Sailor by sticking his head in a latrine after ten of them had used it. "Latrine" is an army term. The Navy would use the word "head". See more »

Quotes

Charles Wheeler: Regarding Andy I want to know everything about his personal life does he frequent those pathetic bars? What other homosexual facilities does he go to? What deviant groups does he secretly belong to?
Walter Kenton: Let's make a fair settlement offer and just put this whole tragic business behind us
Charles Wheeler: Andy brought AIDS into our offices, into our bathroom, brought AIDS to our annual God damn family picnic
Walter Kenton: We ought to be suing him
Bob Seidman: Where is your compassion gentlemen?
Charles Wheeler: [to Bob] we gave him the highline case, did Andrew...
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Crazy Credits

"This motion picture was inspired in part by Geoffrey Bowers' AIDS discrimination lawsuit, the courage and love of the Angius family and the struggles of the many others who, along with their loved ones, have experienced discrimination because of AIDS." See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Arranged and Performed by Cyril Watters
Courtesy of Promusic
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22 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie was fantastic.I am a huge Tom Hanks fan. This was one of those movies that really show if an actor really knows how to act. Denzel Washington, I think, should have won the "Supporting Actor" award for 1993 because he was exceptional in the movie. I really enjoyed watching this movie because it made you laugh and cry and very few movies do that. Tom Hanks is the only actor to win two consecutive "Best Actor" awards (Philadelphia and Forrest Gump) and I think Philadelphia was the start of his superior career in acting. In conclusion, I rate Philadelphia a 10 and I recommend it to all Tom Hanks fans.


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