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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 22 nominations.
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Andrew Beckett
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Joe Miller
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Judge Tate
Buzz Kilman ...
Crutches
Karen Finley ...
Dr. Gillman
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Clinic Storyteller
Mark Sorensen Jr. ...
Clinic Patient
Jeffrey Williamson ...
Tyrone
Charles Glenn ...
Kenneth Killcoyne
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Bob Seidman
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Anthea Burton
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Rachel Smilow (as Stephanie Roth)
Lisa Talerico ...
Shelby
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Sarah Beckett
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Charles Wheeler
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Walter Kenton
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Chandra
Ford Wheeler ...
Alan
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Bruno
Peter Jacobs ...
Peter / Mona Lisa
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Miguel Alvarez
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Dr. Klenstein
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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
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Filko
Bill Rowe ...
Dr. Armbruster
Dennis Radesky ...
Santa Claus
Glen Hartell ...
Library Guard
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Librarian
John Ignarri ...
Young Man in Library
Richard Ehrlich ...
Young Man in Library
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Himself
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Jill Beckett
Katie Lintner ...
Alexis
Peg French ...
The Bronte Sisters
Ann Howard ...
The Bronte Sisters
Meghan Tepas ...
Meghan
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Matt Beckett
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Bud Beckett (as Robert Castle)
Molly Hickok ...
Molly Beckett
Dan Olmstead ...
Randy Beckett
Elizabeth Roby ...
Elizabeth Beckett
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Jill's Husband
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Guido Paonessa
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Jury Foreman
Melissa Fraser Brown ...
Juror
Jordan Cael ...
Juror
Dodie Demme ...
Juror
Patricia Greenwell ...
Juror
Donovan Mannato ...
Juror
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Juror
Steven Scales ...
Juror
Billy Ray Tyson ...
Juror
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Juror
Steve Vignari ...
Juror
Lawrence T. Wrentz ...
Juror
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Belinda Conine
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Jerome Green
James B. Howard ...
Dexter Smith
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Ralph Peterson
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Judge Garnett
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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
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Bartender
Kathryn Witt ...
Melissa Benedict
Debra H. Ballard ...
Court Stenographer
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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
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Robert Breslo
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Hot Dog Stand (uncredited)
Roy Blount Jr. ...
Partygoer (uncredited)
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PR Director (uncredited)
Quentin Crisp ...
Guest at Party (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Security Guard (uncredited)
Randy Aaron Fink ...
Emergency Room Doctor (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Guy in Library (uncredited)
Cristina Guzman ...
Teen in Hallway (uncredited)
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Paralegal (uncredited)
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Blue Collar Worker (uncredited)
Ana Leza ...
Guest (uncredited)
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ER Nurse (uncredited)
Ned Martin ...
Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
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Orderly (uncredited)
Susan Wool-Rush ...
Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jonathan Demme

Written by

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Ron Nyswaner ... (written by)

Produced by

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Ron Bozman ... executive producer
Jonathan Demme ... producer
Gary Goetzman ... executive producer
Edward Saxon ... producer
Kenneth Utt ... executive producer
Kristi Zea ... associate producer

Music by

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Howard Shore

Cinematography by

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Tak Fujimoto

Film Editing by

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Craig McKay

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Howard Feuer

Production Design by

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Kristi Zea

Art Direction by

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Tim Galvin

Set Decoration by

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Karen O'Hara

Costume Design by

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Colleen Atwood

Makeup Department

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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

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Thomas A. Imperato ... production supervisor
Steve Rose ... unit production manager
Kenneth Utt ... unit production manager
Ron Lynch ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ron Bozman ... first assistant director
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

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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

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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 ... 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

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Janos Pilenyi ... optical effects supervisor (as Janos O. Pilenyi)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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)
Damian Martin ... grip (uncredited)
David Norris ... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Steven Search ... cam-remote tech (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Nicole Arbusto ... casting associate
Susan Gish ... extras casting supervisor

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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)

Location Management

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Scott Currie ... assistant location manager (as Scott C. Currie)
George Norfleet ... location assistant
Ellen Shire ... location manager: second unit
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum ... location manager
Michael Lehman ... location scout (uncredited)
Michael Wakely ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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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)
Ernst Meinrath ... trailer music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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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

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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
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
Stuart Levy ... head of facilities
Rosemary Lombard ... production office coordinator
Joseph Miceli ... production intern
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
Lucille Smith ... fiscal representative
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)
Dominic Marcus ... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Sharon Pinkenson ... film commissioner: Greater Philadelphia Film Office (uncredited)
Bill Timoney ... adr loop group (uncredited)

Thanks

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Paul Bellman ... special thanks (as Dr. Paul Bellman)
Scott Burris ... special thanks
Thomas Cavanaugh ... special thanks
Rexall Chinn ... dedicatee
Mark Christopher ... special thanks
Billy Cole ... special thanks
Ornette Coleman ... special thanks
John Epperson ... special thanks
Joanne Howard ... special thanks
Bruce Langhorne ... special thanks
Ana Leza ... special thanks (as Ana Leza Banderas)
Kevin Nyswaner ... dedicatee
Antonia Ozeroff ... special thanks
Annie-B. Parson ... special thanks (as Annie-B Parson)
Sharon Pinkenson ... special thanks
Edward Rendell ... special thanks (as Mayor Edward Rendell)
Jim Scott ... special thanks (as Jimmy Scott)
Tom Stoddard ... special thanks
Juan Suarez Botas ... dedicatee
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Fearing it would compromise his career, lawyer Andrew Beckett hides his homosexuality and HIV status at a powerful Philadelphia law firm. But his secret is exposed when a colleague spots the illness's telltale lesions. Fired shortly afterwards, Beckett resolves to sue for discrimination, teaming up with Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), the only lawyer willing to help. In court, they face one of his ex-employers top litigators, Belinda Conine. Written by SAMUEL AXON

Plot Keywords
Taglines No one would take on his case... until one man was willing to take on the system. See more »
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Also Known As
  • People Like Us (United States)
  • At Risk (United States)
  • Filadèlfia (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Filadelfeia (Greece)
  • Philadelphia - Az érinthetetlen (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Budget $26,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $13,817,010, 17 Jan 1994

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Jonathan Demme wanted people not familiar with AIDS to see his film. He felt Bruce Springsteen would bring an audience that would not ordinarily see a movie about a gay man dying of AIDS. The movie and the song, "The Streets of Philadelphia", did a great deal to increase AIDS awareness and take some of the stigma off the disease. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Die Geschichte des erotischen Films (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Streets Of Philadelphia See more »
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 »
Quotes [Andrew transcendentally describes his favorite opera,slowly walking around his apartment, closing his eyes, looking up]
Andrew Beckett: Do you like opera?
Joe Miller: I'm not that familiar with opera.
Andrew Beckett: This is my favorite aria. This is Maria Callas. This is "Andrea Chenier", Umberto Giordano. This is Madeleine. She's saying how during the French Revolution, a mob set fire to her house, and her mother died... saving her. "Look, the place that cradled me is burning." Can you hear the heartache in her voice? Can you feel it, Joe? In come the strings, and it changes everything. The music fills with a hope, and that'll change again. Listen... listen..."I bring sorrow to those who love me." Oh, that single cello! "It was during this sorrow that love came to me." A voice filled with harmony. It says, "Live still, I am life. Heaven is in your eyes. Is everything around you just the blood and mud? I am divine. I am oblivion. I am the god... that comes down from the heavens, and makes of the Earth a heaven. I am love!... I am love."
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