(The cover image shown is for the two disc special edition version of the film. My copy is a single disc widescreen edition.)
Year of Release: 1993
Director: Jonathon Demme
Approx. Running Time: 125 minutes
My Rating: 5 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
Hailed as a landmark film that dazzles with deep emotion and exceptional acting, PHILADELPHIA stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington as two competing lawyers who join forces to sue a prestigous law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unliley friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.
This is an extremely moving film that takes a very real look at the struggles faced by people living with HIV/AIDS. It examines both the physical struggle of trying to survive and the psychological struggle of dealing with the fear, prejudice and bigotry that so many people feel towards those afflicted with the disease and towards homosexuals in general.
And yes, the lead character, played by Tom Hanks, is gay, but homosexuality is not the focus of the film. "Andrew" (Hanks) and his partner "Miguel" (Antonio Banderas) are portrayed as two people who love each other deeply. And while Tom Hanks may have received an Academy Award for his portrayal of Andrew, it is Antonio Banderas' "Miguel" for whom I feel the most sympathy. It is simply heartbreaking watching him struggle with the reality of his lover's illness. He does everything he can to support and care for Andrew, but finds himself neglected as Andrew builds his case for wrongful termination against his former employers.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)