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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. The homosexual Andrew has contracted AIDS but fears informing his firm about the disease. The firm's senior partner, Charles Wheeler (Jason Robards), assigns Andrew a case involving their most important client. Andrew begins diligently working on the case, 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 believes he has been fired because of his illness and plans to fight the firm in court. But because of the firm's reputation, no lawyer in Philadelphia will risk handling his case. In desperation, Andrew hires Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), a black lawyer who advertises on television, mainly handling personal injury cases. Miller dislikes homosexuals but agrees to take the case for the money and exposure. As Miller prepares for the courtroom battle against one of the law firm's key litigators, Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen), Miller begins to realize the discrimination practiced against Andrew is no different from the discrimination Miller himself has to battle against. The cast also includes Antonio Banderas as Andrew's partner, Joanne Woodward as Andrew's mother, and Stephanie Roth as Joe's wife. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 23, 1993


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neil Young Best Song 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ron Nyswaner Best Screenplay 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ron Nyswaner Best Original Screenplay 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bruce Springsteen Best Original Song 1993 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Springsteen Best Song 1993 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Hanks Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1993 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Hanks Best Actor 1993 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Tom Hanks Silver Bear for Best Actor 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carl Fullerton Best Makeup 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan D'Angerio Best Makeup 1993 Nominee


Tom Hanks
as Andrew Beckett
Denzel Washington
as Joe Miller
Jason Robards, Jr.
as Charles Wheeler
Mary Steenburgen
as Belinda Conine
Antonio Banderas
as Miguel Alvarez
Ron Vawter
as Bob Seidman
Charles Napier
as Judge Garnett
Joanne Woodward
as Sarah Beckett
Andre B. Blake
as Young Man in Pharmacy
Daniel Chapman
as Clinic Storyteller
Roger Corman
as Mr. Laird
Ann Dowd
as Jill Beckett
David Drake
as Bruno
Charles Glenn
as Kenneth Killcoyne
Paul Lazar
as Dr. Klenstein
John Bedford Lloyd
as Matt Beckett
Roberta Maxwell
as Judge Tate
Joey Perillo
as Filko
Lauren Roselli
as Iris
Anna Deavere Smith
as Anthea Burton
Daniel Von Bargen
as Jury Foreman
Tracey Walter
as Librarian
Bradley Whitford
as Jamey Collins
Kathryn Witt
as Melissa Benedict
Buzz Kilman
as "Crutches"
Tony Fitzpatrick
as Bartender
Gary Goetzman
as Guido Paonessa
Dodie Demme
as The Jury
Gene Borkan
as Bailiff
Adam Le Fevre
as Jill's Husband
Obba Babatunde
as Jerome Green
Lucas Platt
as Robert
Robert Ridgely
as Walter Kenton
Ira Flitter
as Andrew's Friend
Kenneth Utt
as The Jury
Jane Moore
as Lydia Glines
Jim Roche
as "Not Adam and Steve"
Randy Aaron Fink
as E.R. Doctor
Jordan Cael
as The Jury
Lisa Summerour
as Lisa Miller
Howard Feuer
Stephanie Roth
as Rachel Smilow
Harry Northrup
as The Jury
Steve Vignari
as The Jury


Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
Edward Saxon
Ron Nyswaner
Tak Fujimoto
Neil Young
Composer (Music Score)
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Bruce Springsteen
Composer (Music Score)
Craig McKay
Kristi Zea
Production Designer
Tim Galvin
Art Director
Kristi Zea
Associate Producer
Ron Bozman
Executive Producer
Gary Goetzman
Executive Producer
Kenneth Utt
Executive Producer
Karen O'Hara
Set Designer
Colleen Atwood
Costume Designer
Howard Feuer