Rent Philadelphia (1993)

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Synopsis:
Up-and-coming young lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. They say he hasn't got what it takes. Andrew knows it's because he's got AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation, Andrew hires fierce, brilliant personal-injury attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to sue his former employers for wrongful dismissal. Joe is initially reluctant to take on the case. Although he as grown up knowing the pain of prejudice, he's never had to confront his own prejudices against homosexuality and AIDS...until now. One man is fighting for his reputation, his life and for justice.
The other is battling to overcome his own and society's ignorance and fear.
Actors:
, , , , , , Mark Sorensen Jr., Jeffrey Williamson, , , , , , , , , , Ford Wheeler, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Edward Saxon, Jonathan Demme
Writers:
Ron Nyswaner
Others:
Bruce Springsteen, Carl Fullerton, Alan D'Angerio, Neil Young
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
Drama, Lesbian & Gay
Awards:

1994 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actor

1994 Oscar Best Actor

1994 Oscar Best Music Original Song

BBFC:
Release Date:
26/05/1998
Run Time:
120 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
Cantonese, Czech, English, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/09/2013
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • "One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave" Documentary
  • Courthouse Protest Footage and Interviews
  • Exclusive new documentary "People Like Us: Making Philadelphia"
  • Original Making-of Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/11/2018
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Thai
Subtitles:
Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Mandarin, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Reviews (1) of Philadelphia

Dated and clunky, but Hanks shines - Philadelphia review by JB

Spoiler Alert
27/09/2020

Partly inspired by a real-life court case, Philadelphia is the story of Andrew Bennett, a gay man who loses his job at a prestigious law firm after they find out about him hiding his sexuality and his diagnosis of AIDS.

Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for his role here as Bennett, and is definitely the best thing about the film (with an honourable mention for the mumbling beauty of the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name that opens the movie). Hanks is a quiet, emaciated and sad, doomed angel in this movie.

Philadelphia was groundbreaking, albeit belatedly - this was Hollywood's first full depiction of AIDS that in 1993 was over a decade after the pandemic made the news. It also portrayed a same-sex romantic relationship (albeit a rather sexless and vague one between Hanks' character and Antonio Banderas) that wasn't seen as comical or sinister, unusual for a US studio movie at the time.

Unfortunately, the film hasn't aged well - for example, the Denzel Washington character, Hanks' lawyer in his case against his former employer, is depicted as a homophobe and the movie thinks that's ok. He doesn't go on a Hollywood redemptive journey of homophobe to LGBT ally… instead, he becomes just less intolerant to Hanks and his social circle, still cringing at the sight of men being affectionate to one another late on in the film in the party scene, without further comment. It's also rather worthy and bloated in its running time - there are too many opportunities for Hanks to "act", including a rather excruciatingly prolonged scene involving Hanks and Washington listening to opera, with Tom disappearing into some kind of reverie.

A Hollywood milestone probably only on paper - Philadelphia does showcase one of Tom Hanks' very best performances, but the LGBT credentials that could have made it a classic of its type are undermined by some rather suspect and clunky scriptwriting decisions.

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