• Philadelphia (1993)


Release Date: December 22nd, 1993

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 1997

PG-13 |2 hr 5 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

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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]

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