The film shows some of the physical scars the disease has and actor Tom Hanks who plays lawyer Andy Blackett, with the help of skillful make-up effects brings some of this across to a mainstream Hollywood audience who in 1993 were on the whole still pretty ignorant about the disease. I have never really liked Hanks in other films. I find him rather bland shall we say but his performance rightly was rewarded with the Best Actor Oscar award that year.
Other cast members include Denzil 'for the movie' Washington as another lawyer who is homophobic but represents Blackett in a court case against his employers for wrongful dismissal.
The film is set in Philadelphia, US.
It really is quite embarrassing to watch some of the misconceptions of the time. I compare it to Mark Fowler in Eastenders in the UK.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It does manage to tick a few cliche boxes along the way, and the overall 'plot' is arguably a bit thin for a full 2 hour movie. Three more words? Excessive. Camera. Angles. Oh yep...
VERDICT: A brilliantly touching story that was very pertinent at the time; 'Philadelphia' still packs a huge emotional punch today. What a great film.
love your joke ' what do you call a thousand of lawyer chained at the bottom of the sea ? answer: good start.. love the soundtrack..