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Philadelphia -- Emotional powerhouse stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington as competing lawyers who sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination.
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Philadelphia -- When a man with AIDS is fired by a conservative 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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Writer (WGA):
Ron Nyswaner (written by)
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Release Date:
14 January 1994 (USA) See more »
No one would take on his case... until one man was willing to take on the system.
When a man with AIDS 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Hanks ... Andrew Beckett

Denzel Washington ... Joe Miller

Roberta Maxwell ... 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

Anna Deavere Smith ... Anthea Burton

Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Rachel Smilow (as Stephanie Roth)
Lisa Talerico ... Shelby

Joanne Woodward ... Sarah Beckett

Jason Robards ... Charles Wheeler
Robert Ridgely ... Walter Kenton

Chandra Wilson ... Chandra
Ford Wheeler ... Alan
David Drake ... Bruno
Peter Jacobs ... Peter / Mona Lisa

Antonio Banderas ... Miguel Alvarez
Paul Lazar ... Dr. Klenstein

Bradley Whitford ... Jamey Collins
Lisa Summerour ... Lisa Miller
Freddie Foxxx ... Hospital Patient
Paul Moore ... Hospital Patient
Warren Miller ... Mr. Finley
Lauren Roselli ... Iris
Jane Moore ... Lydia Glines

Joey Perillo ... Filko
Bill Rowe ... Dr. Armbruster
Dennis Radesky ... Santa Claus
Glen Hartell ... Library Guard

Tracey Walter ... Librarian
John Ignarri ... Young Man in Library
Richard Ehrlich ... Young Man in Library

Julius Erving ... Himself

Ann Dowd ... Jill Beckett
Katie Lintner ... Alexis
Peg French ... The Bronte Sisters
Ann Howard ... The Bronte Sisters
Meghan Tepas ... Meghan

John Bedford Lloyd ... Matt Beckett
Robert W. Castle ... Bud Beckett (as Robert Castle)
Molly Hickok ... Molly Beckett
Dan Olmstead ... Randy Beckett
Elizabeth Roby ... Elizabeth Beckett

Adam LeFevre ... Jill's Husband

Gary Goetzman ... Guido Paonessa

Daniel von Bargen ... Jury Foreman
Melissa Fraser Brown ... Juror
Jordan Cael ... Juror
Dodie Demme ... Juror
Patricia Greenwell ... Juror
Donovan Mannato ... Juror

Harry Northup ... Juror
Steven Scales ... Juror
Billy Ray Tyson ... Juror
Kenneth Utt ... Juror
Steve Vignari ... Juror
Lawrence T. Wrentz ... Juror

Mary Steenburgen ... Belinda Conine

Obba Babatundé ... Jerome Green
James B. Howard ... Dexter Smith

Charles Techman ... Ralph Peterson

Charles Napier ... Judge Garnett

Roger Corman ... Mr. Laird
Jim Roche ... Not Adam and Steve
Donna Hamilton ... Angela Medina
Edward Rendell ... Himself (as Mayor Edward Rendell)
Daniel Wolff ... Filko's Buddy
John T. O'Connell ... Macho Barfly
Edward Kirkland ... Cousin Eddie
Tony Fitzpatrick ... Bartender
Kathryn Witt ... Melissa Benedict
Debra H. Ballard ... Court Stenographer

Andre B. Blake ... Young Man in Pharmacy (as André B. Blake)
Ira Flitter ... Andrew's Friend
Gene Borkan ... Bailiff
Jon Arterton ... The Flirtations
Michael Callen ... The Flirtations
Aurelio Font ... The Flirtations
Jimmy Rutland ... The Flirtations
Cliff Townsend ... The Flirtations
Q. Lazzarus ... Party Singer
Lucas Platt ... Robert
Jiggs Walker ... Punchline (as Lewis Walker)
Carmen Mahiques ... Miguel's Mom
José Castillo ... Miguel's Dad
Leigh Smiley ... Younger Sarah Beckett
Philip Joseph 'PJ' McGee ... Child Andrew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Breslo

Valerio Bevilacqua ... Hot Dog Stand (uncredited)
Roy Blount Jr. ... Partygoer (uncredited)

Bob Bowersox ... PR Director (uncredited)
Quentin Crisp ... Guest at Party (uncredited)

Tom Detrik ... Reporter (uncredited)
Randy Aaron Fink ... Emergency Room Doctor (uncredited)
Tak Fujimoto ... Doctor (uncredited)

Jaime Gomez ... Guy in Library (uncredited)
Cristina Guzman ... Teen in Hallway (uncredited)
Ana Leza ... Guest (uncredited)

Bonnie Loev ... ER Nurse (uncredited)

T.O.N.E-z ... Orderly (uncredited)
Susan Wool-Rush ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Ron Nyswaner (written by)

Produced by
Ronald M. Bozman .... executive producer (as Ron Bozman)
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Gary Goetzman .... executive producer
Edward Saxon .... producer
Kenneth Utt .... executive producer
Kristi Zea .... associate producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto 
Film Editing by
Craig McKay 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Kristi Zea 
Art Direction by
Tim Galvin 
Set Decoration by
Karen O'Hara 
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hair style designer
Carl Fullerton .... makeup creator
Peter Owen .... wig maker
Edna Sheen .... makeup artist: Mr. Washington (as Edna M. Sheen)
Kenneth Walker .... hair stylist: Mr. Washington
Production Management
Thomas A. Imperato .... production supervisor
Steve Rose .... unit production manager
Kenneth Utt .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald M. Bozman .... first assistant director (as Ron Bozman)
Kristie Hart .... second second assistant director
Kyle McCarthy .... first assistant director: second unit
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... second assistant director
Michelle Sullivan .... dga trainee
Kristi Zea .... second unit director
Art Department
Muhsana Ali .... painter: Lisa's paintings
Rick Butler .... assistant art director (as Richard Butler)
Francine Byrne .... art department coordinator
Richard Crandall .... scenic foreman
Dorsey Davis .... set dresser
John R. Ford .... assistant property master (as John Ford)
Eileen Garrigan .... scenic charge artist
Frederika Gray .... stand-by scenic
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master
Sandy James Harrer .... set dresser
Robert Holtzman .... set dresser
John R. Johnston .... construction foreman
Peggy Khoury .... assistant set decorator
Harry B. Koplin .... props
Gary Kosko .... assistant art director
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic foreman
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator (as Kenneth Nelson)
Buster Pile .... construction foreman (as Eugene Pile II)
Salvatore Pinto .... painter: Miguel's paintings
Greg Rocco .... set dresser (as Gregory N. Rocco)
Juan Suarez Botas .... painter: Miguel's paintings
Kenneth Turek .... key set dresser (as Ken Turek)
Ford Wheeler .... set dresser (as C. Ford Wheeler)
Will Grant .... carpenter (uncredited)
Damien Harrer .... set decorating crew (uncredited)
James Klotsas .... props (uncredited)
Christopher G. Markunas .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Mary O'Brien .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Richard Salinas .... painter (uncredited)
Meg Hyatt Snow .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Nell Stifel .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Paul Williams .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
David Boulton .... adr engineer
Robert Castellano .... sound re-recordist
Kam Chan .... assistant sound editor
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator
Douglas Murray .... sound re-recordist (as Doug Murray)
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Eliza Paley .... foley editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Nicholas Renbeck .... apprentice sound editor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor (as Fredric Rosenberg)
Steve Scanlon .... sound recordist
Diane Schaub .... assistant adr editor
Reilly Steele .... additional sound re-recordist
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Michael Aharon .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John Anthony .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... optical effects supervisor (as Janos O. Pilenyi)
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Patrick Capone .... first assistant camera
Andrew Casey .... second assistant camera (as Andrew W. Casey)
Ken Connors .... rigging gaffer (as Kenneth Conners)
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician (as Russ Engels)
James W. Finnerty .... key grip
Tony C. Jannelli .... camera operator (as Tony Jannelli)
Clayton J. Liotta .... Steadicam assistant
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: "b" camera
John R. McAleer Jr. .... camera trainee
Billy Miller .... dolly grip (as William A. Miller)
Matt Miller .... rigging grip (as Matthew Miller)
Patrick B. O'Brien .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Toshiaki Ozawa .... grip
Ronald Plant .... best boy grip
Ken Regan .... still photographer
James C. Walsh .... best boy electric (as James Walsh)
Rick Whitfield .... video playback operator
Tim Davies .... grip (uncredited)
Steven Litecky .... electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Steven Search .... cam-remote tech (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nicole Arbusto .... casting associate
Susan Gish .... extras casting supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy Alberts .... wardrobe supervisor (as Timothy J. Alberts)
Frances Cook .... wardrobe assistant
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Kathleen Gerlach .... associate costume designer
Lisa R. Frucht .... additional wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Bryden .... color timer (as Dave Bryden)
Todd Factor .... post-production coordinator
Kelly Irvine .... second assistant editor
Annette Kudrak .... apprentice editor
Colleen Sharp .... associate editor
Debra C. Victoroff .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant music editor (as Nicolas Ratner)
David Rogow .... assistant music editor
Howard Shore .... conductor
Chris Floberg .... music recording (uncredited)
John Kurlander .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas Fitzgerald .... transportation co-captain: Philadelphia
John Morrone III .... transportation captain: Philadelphia
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation captain (as Edward J. O'Donnell)
Dennis Radesky .... transportation co-captain
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation captain (as James Whalen Jr.)
Michael Avallon .... driver (uncredited)
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Marc Antony Alexander .... production intern
Jennifer Anderson .... production assistant (as Jennifer Taback)
Neda Armian .... production assistant
Judy Arthur .... unit publicist
Brian Atkins .... production intern
Thomas 'Doc' Boguski .... production secretary (as Thomas Boguski)
Lisa Corrine Broaddus .... production intern
Jan Carroll .... production projectionist
Diana Choi .... assistant: Mr. Saxon
Alex Cohn .... production assistant
Signe Corriere .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Scott Currie .... assistant location manager (as Scott C. Currie)
Robin Fajardo .... assistant: Mr. Utt
Vanessa Fenton .... production assistant
Allen Ferro .... title consultant
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
Charles Fields Jr. .... production assistant
Tracey D. Gatewood .... production intern
Anthony Gentile .... craft service
Melissa Givey .... production assistant
Benjamin Goldberg .... production assistant (as Benjamin G. Goldberg)
Alisa Goldstone .... production assistant
Lisi Gottlieb .... production intern
Michele Grant .... key set assistant
Anne Gyory .... script supervisor
A. Scott Hoffman .... medic
Nancy Duvall Horne .... assistant: Mr. Goetzman
Andrea Isaacs .... assistant accountant
A. Dino Johnson .... security consultant
Michael Johnson .... second assistant accountant
Mike Judge .... police supervisor
Kate Kelly .... assistant production office coordinator
Lara Kelly .... stage coordinator
Eric Kim .... production intern
Paul Kostick .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Rosemary Lombard .... production office coordinator
Joseph Miceli .... production intern
George Norfleet .... location assistant
Terry Odem .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Steven Overman .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production assistant
Olimpia T. Rinaldi .... production assistant
John Rubbo .... city hall liaison
Steve Shareshian .... production accountant
Ellen Shire .... location manager: second unit
Lucille Smith .... fiscal representative
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum .... location manager
Valerie Thomas .... production associate
Jayne Walko .... production secretary
Gina White .... assistant: Mr. Washington (as Gina L. White)
Jomo Kenyatta Wilson .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies projection technician (uncredited)
Adrienne King .... looping voices (uncredited)
David G. Knappe .... stand-in: Tom Hanks (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
David Lanphier Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Lehman .... location scout (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Sharon Pinkenson .... film commissioner: Greater Philadelphia Film Office (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Michael Wakely .... location scout (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for some graphic language and thematic material
125 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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In the film, Denzel Washington's character says he prays that Philadelphia Phillies win the pennant. The year this movie was released, the Phillies did just that.See more »
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57 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Moving and Powerful! Demme shines!, 6 September 2004
Author: pjaldo1 from New Mexico, USA

Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia" throws us into a world of pain and stark truth that is few and far between in mainstream cinema. The sheer idea that a film would so blatantly take on the difficulty of AIDS and homosexuality, helmed by the director of "Silence of the Lambs", the actor in "Big" and the guy who played Malcom X, is staggering.

AIDS is a reality and homophobia is a nasty truth that permeates our "United" States of America, as well as the rest of the world. At the time that this film was released (about 1993), the U.S. found solace in the idea that AIDS and homosexuality were dirty brothers in a distant family. By placing the film in the "City of Brotherly Love", hiring Bruce Springsteen to sing the title song and having an up-and-coming Tom Hanks star, director Jonathan Demme wisely readied an ignorant America for our first, uninhibited glance into the face of AIDS.

Tom Hanks embodied his role in an Oscar-worthy performance, allowing us to watch as his lovely and lively Andrew Beckett deteriorate before our eyes. Tom Hanks and the writers took to task the difficult and annoyingly controversial hurdle of playing the "gay" character and placing the "straight" audience into that different world. Stereotypes are mostly shied away from in the script with a few "fem" gays and drag queens. These scenes are few, but are also a reality. Many a Christmas party have I attended with the same crowd ("fems" and drag queens) in the mix. The other, mildly annoying, factor in this film is that the writers inform us that squeaky-clean gay Andrew Beckett contracts AIDS at a porn theater from an anonymous stranger, while in a committed relationship. This annoyed me because I wanted a righteous victim, not a impure victim. Yet as time has gone by and I have had the opportunity to work with many a victim of AIDS, whether be it male or female, gay or straight, I have seen that this too is an unfortunate reality. No one is perfect (gay or straight, male or female) and mistakes are often made. Costly mistakes are often made. This was a painful truth, but it is a truth nonetheless. In this, Tom Hanks as Mr. Beckett, brilliantly gave AIDS an honest face for a distant America.

Denzel Washington, on the other hand, allowed America to have a relatable character, one whose shoes we've fit in before. Denzel's views of homosexuality were (and still are) commonplace in the American psyche and his reactions to AIDS were understandable to the average audience. Yet all in all this dramatic film brought a message home.

Demme's directing style is nothing amazing; he tastefully weaves a tale without flashy shots or fancy cuts. At times the film borders on preachy, but, as always, it is Demme's story that grasps the audience, his mood that sets us into the tale, his actors and his direction of them that gives the film honesty. This film is highly recommended if not for the great acting but for lovers of a great story.

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