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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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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)
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Director Jonathan Demme, a fan of Deborah Harry, included the video of her duet with Iggy Pop - "Well Did You Evah" - from _Red Hot and Blue (1990)_ on the TV in the background during the opening of the party scene.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The court stenographer doesn't seem to be actually typing, and the paper tape recording her keystrokes also doesn't ever advance.See more »
Andrew Beckett:I appreciate your faith in my abilities.
Charles Wheeler:Faith, Andy, is the belief in something for which we have no evidence. It doesn't apply to this situation.
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Unfortunately Misguided Criticism Should Not Stop Anyone From Seeing This Film, 4 April 2002
Author: FilmAficionado from The Real World

This is the first review I've written on IMDB, but I shouldn't have to write one for a film of this caliber. It succeeds in everything it attempts to do and it bothers me when I read comments from gay readers that absolutely loathe this film. After thinking about it for a little bit, I think I've found the reason for why all the gay viewers hated this film: they're sick of the pity and the sympathy. I can understand that, and it is basically impossible to make a quasi-realistic film about gay rights and anti-homophobia without exhibiting some sympathy for the alienated gay population. I admit that I have little experience with gays, although I am acquainted with a few. They are on wonderful terms with their families (even though one homosexual writes here that families are NOT like that). I disagree with people who think that because their family is displeased with their sexual orientation, every gay person is estranged from their family. That is untrue. Another wrong comment I read was that the film gives viewers the impression that gays are the only ones that can get AIDS (and that the disease is always deadly). That is false, as well, since a portion of the movie deals with a woman who is an AIDS survivor and who contracted the disease in a blood transfusion. There are many other ways of getting AIDS, but it would be impossible for the film to identify every single way in order to be PC. The most powerful argument against this film seems to be that it is anti-homosexual propaganda in how it shows the relationship between Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas. First of all, everyone is making a big deal that Hanks and Banderas do not kiss. Apparently, filmmakers cannot possibly show love between two people without having them kiss. It sounds to me that most disappointed gay readers were hoping to see gay pornography rather than a film about two homosexuals and the troubles they face when one of them contracts AIDS. They do not kiss, fine, but they dance, they talk to one another in such a way that I, a heterosexual man, envied the relationship they had. The first time we see Banderas is when he is racing to the hospital to see if Hanks is okay. I know if my girlfriend were in the hospital, I would probably look and act the exact same way that he does. I disturbs me that so many gay readers would rather see the two of them make out than display affection for one another in more powerful ways. Another argument I noticed more than once was that, aside from Hanks' character, the film portrays all gays as "pansies." Believe me, the critics here are far more stereotypical than this film is. One scene that comes to mind is when Denzel Washington is shopping in a grocery store and a college athlete approaches him to praise him for his work. Washington is gracious and it comes off as a surprise when the athlete starts to hit on him. I suppose that most gay viewers saw that message as something along the lines of "Gays are out!" If that were the case, the film would have glorified Washington's character, but instead we feel sorry for liking Denzel. Why do we like him? Because too many of us are like him, just average people who want to take a few steps back every time a homosexual walks nearby. By presenting someone that we all can associate with and highlighting his flaws (which are, essentially, our own), maybe we can begin to change. As for the film, I find it hard to believe that anyone would rent this thinking that it is simply a courtroom drama. It is well-written, and well-acted. I mostly enjoyed some fabulous direction on Jonathan Demme's part. I remember, in particular, that when Hanks would recall when he was fired, his associates had the appearance of monsters. The camera would show them in a darker light, up-close, at an awkward angle. Many other viewers found this to be "cartoony," but they're forgetting that these scenes were not reality. They were simply memories, and although Hanks' character is a noble, honorable, unfortunately ill homosexual, he naturally feels angry towards his former employers. He's furious, even though he rarely lets out any of that fury directly. The only way we see these memories is through his distorted memories. Hanks is frustrated and furious with what happened and he cannot look at his former employers anymore without seeing monsters. In this way, the filmmakers build a connection between Hanks' character and the viewers, gay or not. This also helps the viewer sympathize for homosexuals and see how they are essentially no different than anyone else. I apologize. I am sorry that so many gays would rather remain alienated, would rather see Hanks and Banderas act in gay porn than a meaningful film. I am sorry that there is even one homosexual out there who are is alienated from their families that they have no one to really turn to. This film is not the most accurate portrayal of homosexuals, but is far from the worst. Do not even attempt to persuade me, that this film is nothing but worthless drivel, that it tries to alienate gays even more. It is as accurate as it has to be. If it were to go too far over the line, it would be too much for the average person to handle. Viewers have to remember that controversial topics like these have to be handled carefully, and it could not have been done better than in "Philadelphia." If all gay people are looking for is a depressing, uninventive, inaccurate P.O.S. that emphasizes homosexual kissing rather than acceptance and integration, then maybe they should remain alienated. Sorry.

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