Directed By: Jonathan Demme Starring: Tom Hanks

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No one would take his case, until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for aids discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.


Studio Sony
SKU 40000433
UPC 043396526198
UPC 14 00043396526198
Format DVD
Release Date 1/13/2010
Rating Rating
Social Issues
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I hate this job."--Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen)
Premiere "...Landmark..." - Recommended 07/01/1994 p.90
Sight and Sound "...A moving experience....PHILADELPHIA is successful because it is intelligent, sensitive and committed..." 03/01/1994 p.45-6
Entertainment Weekly "...As a piece of moviemaking PHILADELPHIA often works wonderfully well..." 06/17/1994 pp.54-5
Chicago Sun-Times "...PHILADELPHIA is a good movie...and the Hanks performance is one of the best of the year..." 01/14/1994 p.35
Jonathan Demme
Tom Hanks
Cast & Crew
Tom Hanks - Star
Joanne Woodward - Star
Jason Robards - Star
Tracey Walter - Star
Mary Steenburgen - Star
Antonio Banderas - Star
Buzz Kilman - Star
Robert Castle - Star
Denzel Washington - Star
Ron Nyswaner - Screenwriter
Gary Goetzman - Executive Producer
Kenneth Utt - Executive Producer
Ron Bozman - Executive Producer
Tak Fujimoto - Director of Photography
Jonathan Demme - Producer
Edward Saxon - Producer
Bruce Springsteen - Additional Music/Songs
Howard Shore - Composer
Neil Young - Additional Music/Songs
Jonathan Demme - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 52619
UPC 00043396526198
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Korean, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Name Tom Hanks
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Bruce Springsteen
Award Category Best Original Song
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, Korean, Subtitled, French, Dubbed, Keep Case, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Guy Flatley, COSMOPOLITAN A DAZZLING ACHIEVEMENT! TRIUMPHANT! Honor, rage, heartbreak and astonishing humor... Magnificently memorable performances by Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.
Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE An emotional powerhouse!

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