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Philadelphia (1993)

Director: Jonathan Demme     Starring: Tom Hanks
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40000433
UPC: 043396526198
UPC 14: 00043396526198
Rating: Game Rating Code
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No one would take on his case... until one man was willing to take on the system.
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.

"A DAZZLING ACHIEVEMENT! TRIUMPHANT! Honor, rage, heartbreak and astonishing humor... Magnificently memorable performances by Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.  Guy Flatley, COSMOPOLITAN
"An emotional powerhouse!  Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, Korean, Subtitled, French, Dubbed, Keep Case, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/13/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 125 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 52619
Video UPC UPC: 00043396526198
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Korean, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Tom Hanks
Video Cast Info Joanne Woodward
Video Cast Info Jason Robards
Video Cast Info Tracey Walter
Video Cast Info Mary Steenburgen
Video Cast Info Antonio Banderas
Video Cast Info Buzz Kilman
Video Cast Info Robert Castle
Video Cast Info Denzel Washington
Video Cast Info Ron Nyswaner - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Gary Goetzman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Kenneth Utt - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ron Bozman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tak Fujimoto - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jonathan Demme - Producer
Video Cast Info Edward Saxon - Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Springsteen - Additional Music/Songs
Video Cast Info Howard Shore - Composer
Video Cast Info Neil Young - Additional Music/Songs
Video Cast Info Jonathan Demme - Director

Memorable Quotes

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

Professional Reviews

"...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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hanks,Tom
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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