At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political, and social issues of AIDS.
Tom Hanks, in his first Academy Award-winning performance, plays Andrew Beckett, a talented lawyer at a stodgy Philadelphia law firm, and a homosexual who has contracted AIDS. The firm's senior partner, Charles Wheeler (Jason Robards), assigns Andrew a case involving their most important client, but soon the lesions associated with AIDS are visible on his face. Wheeler abruptly removes Andrew from the case and fires him from the firm. Andrew wants to take his wrongful termination suit to trial but, no lawyer in Philadelphia will risk handling his case. In desperation, he hires Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), a homophobic small-time lawyer willing to take the case for media exposure.
As their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward, Mary Steenburgen
USA | 1993 | PG-13 | 125 min
The Strand Theatre's 90th Anniversary Film Series includes:
1923: SAFETY LAST, Saturday, August 17 at 3pm
1933: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933, Sunday, August 18 at 1pm
1943: CASABLANCA, Saturday, August 24 at 3pm
1953: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, Sunday August 25 at 1pm
1963: THE BIRDS, Saturday, August 31 at 3pm
1973: SOYLENT GREEN, Sunday, September 1 at 1pm
1983: THE BIG CHILL, Saturday, September 14 at 3pm
1993: PHILADELPHIA, Sunday, September 15 at 1pm
2003: LOST IN TRANSLATION, Sunday, September 22 at 1pm