Philadelphia (1993)



Critic Consensus: Philadelphia indulges in some unfortunate clichés in its quest to impart a meaningful message, but its stellar cast and sensitive direction are more than enough to compensate.

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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 … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Nyswaner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Andrew Beckett

as Miguel Alvarez

as Charles Wheeler

as Belinda Conine

as Seidman

as Sarah Beckett

as Walter Kenton

as Dr Klenstein

as Jamey Collins

as Librarian

as Young Man in Pharmac...

as Matt Beckett

as Bud Beckett

as Clinic Storyteller

as Molly Beckett

as Randy Beckett

as Jill Beckett

as Elizabeth Beckett

as Jerome Green

as Judge Garnett

as Kenneth Killcoyne

as Mr. Laird

as Judge Tate

as `Crutches'

as Dr. Gillman

as Anthea Burton

as Mr. Finley

as Rachel Smilow

as Jury Member

as Jury Member

as Dexter Smith

as Ralph Peterson

as `Not Adam and Steve'

as Jury Foreman

as Melissa Benedict

as Lydia Glines

as Jill's Husband

as The Jury

as The Jury

as Angela Medina

as Andrew's Friend

as Bailiff

as "Punchline"

as E.R. Doctor

as Lisa Miller

as Hospital Patient

as Guido Paonessa
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Critic Reviews for Philadelphia

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (9)

Philadelphia may not be the film Demme's fans expect--its emotionalism is unfiltered by cool. But it has the power to open more than a few blinkered hearts.

Full Review… | March 13, 2015
Top Critic

[An] extremely well-made message picture about tolerance, justice and discrimination is pitched at mainstream audiences, befitting its position as the first major Hollywood film to directly tackle the disease.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Top Critic

Safe and apolitical it may be, but Philadelphia succeeds as a deeply affecting humanist drama.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"Philadelphia" mostly succeeds in being forceful, impassioned and moving, sometimes even rising to the full range of emotion that its subject warrants. But too often, even at its most assertive, it works in safely predictable ways.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This AIDS courtroom drama is so pumped full of nitrous oxide, you could get your teeth drilled on it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Philadelphia breaks no new dramatic ground ... And yet Philadelphia is quite a good film, on its own terms.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Philadelphia


Hanks and Washington shine. This was a great movie and it came out at the right time.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Philadelphia is heartfelt and well-performed despite the simple plot. Tom Hanks & Denzel Washington provide remarkable charisma and chemistry in this film along with a creative direction from Jonathan Demme, making this piece an underrated film of the 90s. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

One of the first films to deal with such delicate matters like AIDS, homossexuality and tolerance at the time of its release. Although not altogether memorable, this is a very praisable effort that boasts some great performances and proves to be a deeply touching experience.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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