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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:
23 December 1993 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
No one would take on his case... until one man was willing to take on the system.
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
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Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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)
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
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)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some graphic language and thematic material
Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
At the costume party, Andrew and Miguel are both dressed in US military uniforms. This is a reference to the fact that when the movie was filmed, there was a total ban on gays and lesbians serving in the US Armed Forces, but Bill Clinton had made a campaign promise to dispense with that ban. Instead, in December 1993, Clinton passed a compromise legislation (popularly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell") which allowed for gay and lesbian people to serve as long as they did not tell anyone their sexual orientation. This policy remained in place until September 2011.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The KS lesion on the back of Andy's neck vanishes after the woman in the hospital waiting room sees it, and comes back in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
[his last lines]
Andrew Beckett:Miguel, I'm ready.
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Soundtrack:
O nume tutelarSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on a true story?
Can someone explain the joke from the end of the movie?
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111 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
Philadelphia is about life, and making it matter., 14 February 2004
Author: budmassey (cyberbarrister@gmail.com) from Indianapolis, IN

Philadelphia is a guttingly emotional and tragic story of how a lawyer fired for having AIDS attempts to vindicate himself in court. Tom Hanks gives perhaps the most powerful performance of his career as Andrew Beckett, the afflicted lawyer. He received the Academy Award in a waltz, and you could almost pick any of his major scenes as worthy of the award.

This movie is probably the best drama regarding gay issues ever made. Remember, it was made in 1993, when AIDS was still a terminal disease, and it recalls the early days of an epidemic that may not square with the vision afforded today, but at the time, this was the reality of AIDS.

The entire crew is A-List. Tak Fujimoto, who would also film Silence of the Lambs and Sixth Sense, directed cinematography. Jonathan Demme, also of Silence of the Lambs fame, directs with typical honesty and grit. Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young contributed hauntingly touching original songs. Even Antonio Banderas, whom I never miss an opportunity to vilify, is moving as Hanks' devoted and supportive partner. Denzel Washington was well cast as the homophobic lawyer who ultimately takes Hanks' case, and Mary Steenburgen is surprising in an uncharacteristic villain role.

Ron Vawter, who played one of the lawyers in the firm from which Hanks was fired, and also appeared in Silence of the Lambs, was himself suffering from AIDS at the time of filming, and he eventually succumbed to it a few years later. His appearance in the film encapsulates the reality of the AIDS epidemic, in that it often touched our lives in unexpected places.

Although I have literally thousands of movies in my collection, I don't own this one. Not because I don't love it. I do. It's because I can't watch it without being overcome by emotion. Anyone who can watch Hanks' in the Opera scene, or hear Springsteen's or Young's eerie and melancholy ballads and not weep is dead inside. But in the end, Philadelphia is about life, and making it matter.

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