• Philadelphia (1993)


Release Date: December 23rd, 1993

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 1997

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

Production Co: Clinica Estetico, TriStar Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Tristar, Columbia Home Video

Keywords: 1990s , Transformation , Emotional , Friendship , Husband , Office , Underdog , Wife ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Julie SalamonWall 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]

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The story is timely and powerful, and the performances of Hanks and Washington assure that the characters will not immediately vanish into obscurity. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    And yet Philadelphia is quite a good film, on its own terms. And for moviegoers with an antipathy to AIDS but an enthusiasm for stars like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, it may help to broaden understanding of the disease. show more

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Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Winner Music (Original Song)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Makeup