Philadelphia PG-13

No one would take on his case... until one man was willing to take on the system.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 5, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) encoding
  • Chapter selections
  • Dolby 5.1 Surround and Dolby 2.0 Surround sound
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I hate this job."
  - Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1993 - Best Actor: Tom Hanks
Academy Awards 1993 - Best Original Song: Bruce Springsteen

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh80%

Total Count: 55


User Ratings: 183,172
Safe and apolitical it may be, but Philadelphia succeeds as a deeply affecting humanist drama. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
[An] extremely well-made message picture about tolerance, justice and discrimination is pitched at mainstream audiences, befitting its position as the first major Hollywood film to directly tackle the disease.
Oct 10, 2008
Philadelphia may not be the film Demme's fans expect--its emotionalism is unfiltered by cool. But it has the power to open more than a few blinkered hearts. Full Review
Mar 13, 2015
Rating: 3.5/4 -- An important film not just from a cinematic perspective, but from a cultural one, bringing the AIDS crisis to the masses in a deeply human way, confronting and dispelling prejudices and misconceptions with major stars. Full Review
From the Front Row
Aug 6, 2019
Rating: 3/5 -- "Philadelphia" mostly succeeds in being forceful, impassioned and moving, sometimes even rising to the full range of emotion that its subject warrants. But too often, even at its most assertive, it works in safely predictable ways.
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The story is timely and powerful, and the performances of Hanks and Washington assure that the characters will not immediately vanish into obscurity. Full Review
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Filmmaker Jonathan Demme does an absolutely superlative job of establishing the film's various characters and their urban environs... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Dec 5, 2019

Product Description:

Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a hotshot Philadelphia lawyer who has been keeping his homosexuality, and his AIDS, hidden from his conservative bosses. When he's suddenly and inexplicably fired, Andrew suspects AIDS is the reason, and is determined to fight in court, even as he is losing his other battle, against the disease. Beckett hires attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to represent him, but the lawyer must first overcome his own homophobia and fears. Director Jonathan Demme filmed this after winning the Oscar for SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. The amazing cast includes Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward, and Jason Robards. Roger Corman and Charles Napier, both in LAMBS, make appearances. Bruce Springsteen's haunting song "Streets of Philadelphia" plays over the memorable opening credits. This sensitive, moody film touches on a vast array of subjects surrounding gay and straight men, family, and death, without ever being maudlin or preachy, which is to its immense credit. An undoubted influence on society's growing acceptance of homosexuality, PHILADELPHIA reminds us how far we've come in that direction, and how far we still need to go.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: January 1994.
  • Jonathan Demme directed the music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Murder Incorporated" at Tramps in New York City. The songs "Murder Incorporated" and "Streets of Philadelphia" can both be found on Springsteen's GREATEST HITS album.
  • Director Jonathan Demme decided to make a film about AIDS when his close friend Juan Botas discovered he was HIV+. Botas, after spending months with a group of men with full-blown AIDS, informed Demme that the physical battle with the disease would be a "compelling subject for a documentary." Demme agreed and later decided to make "Philadelphia."
  • According to Premiere magazine, Demme examined several possible narratives but was most interested in stories like Clarence B. Cain's. Cain, an associate in a Philadelphia office of a Cleveland-based law-firm, lost his job only two weeks after telling his superiors about his health status. Cain took his case to a federal court and won a $157,000 settlement. Sadly, Cain died only two months later. He was just 38 years old.
  • A lawsuit was also filed against TriStar Pictures by the family of New York attorney Geoffrey Bowers, who claimed that the film was based on the life of that lawyer, who also had AIDS. After five days of testimony, a settlement in the case was reached when the makers of PHILADELPHIA acknowledged that the movie "was inspired in part by" Bowers's life. Bowers died in 1987.
  • When Demme and Nyswaner pitched the film's concept to Orion production head Marc Platt, he suggested that they insert a character mainstream audiences could identify with. So they decided to make Tom Hanks's lawyer, played by Denzel Washington, a "rabidly homophobic, aggressively heterosexual attorney."
  • Robert Castle, who played Tom Hanks's father in the film, is Demme's "Cousin Bobby," and was the subject of a Demme documentary of that name.
  • Entertainment Weekly reported that several scenes shot by Demme ultimately were excised from the film. These include romantic sequences between Andrew (Tom Hanks's character) and his lover--the lack of which has earned the film criticism from gay groups--and a scene in which a homosexual propositions Joe, the homophobic lawyer.

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  • UPC: 043396526198
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