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PG-13| 2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
Fearing it would compromise his career, lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) 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-employer's top litigators, Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen).

Cast: Tom Hanks , Denzel Washington , Jason Robards , Antonio Banderas , Joanne Woodward , Mary Steenburgen , Ron Vawter , Robert Ridgely

Director: Jonathan Demme

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Columbia Home Video, Columbia Tristar

Philadelphia (1993)

Release Date: December 23rd, 1993|2 hr. 2 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Forgiving its moments of melodrama, Philadelphia makes emotional power punches out of every smile, embrace and tear in its story of a regular guy contracting AIDS and getting booted out of the law firm that once lifted him to glory. [14 Jan 1994, p.C1] show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia labors ambitiously on two socially conscious fronts - relating the story of an AIDS-afflicted lawyer while exploring a much broader issue. Unlike almost any other Demme movie - it's a film where you feel the gears struggling to mesh. [22 Dec 1993, p.1D] show more

  • 60
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    They have also stripped out almost all complexity, reducing the drama to a familiar match between good and evil. You've heard all the speeches before; only the nouns have been changed. [23 Dec 1993, p.A9] show more

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