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½ March 5, 2017
A very good cast, particularly the main two characters of Hanks & Washington convey the sensitive message very well. Hanks deserved his awards for his performance, stellar.
February 10, 2017
A hard-hitting legal drama with stellar acting from both Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. (First and only full viewing - 12/30/2008)
February 2, 2017
One of Hanks' defining moments. It's a beautiful, sad, uplifting film. Still holds up. Springsteen and Young on the soundtrack just give it that extra oomph.
½ December 8, 2016
Oscar winning drama from 1993 about the ravages of AIDS and its consequences on people's attitudes towards sufferers and workplace discrimination.
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.
November 12, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: This amazing film takes the fight on a timely issue, and it wins because of it's developed characterisation and it's poetic and tragic story. It made me cry so much, and engaged me incredibly with it's touching moments and passing humour. This is emphasised ten-fold by the dazzlingly good cast, and the final result is one of the best movies of the early 90s.
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.
November 11, 2016
Philadelphia tries to raise awareness of AIDS and homophobia into the mainstream, resulting in an absorbing and poignant courtroom drama with a heartbreaking performance from Tom Hanks.
½ October 4, 2016
every scene makes me cry.. at that moment i want to be andy's lawyer ill make them eat their all accusations .. don't just sandbagged HIV people respect and understand them.
love your joke ' what do you call a thousand of lawyer chained at the bottom of the sea ? answer: good start.. love the soundtrack..
September 25, 2016
Two of the best actors of the past 30 years are well equipped to handle this sensitive subject. It may seem a little dated now, but it broke some important misconceptions at the time. I still use Washingtons line "Explain it to me as if I were an 8 year old" whenever I don't understand something.
September 23, 2016
A very sad movie, well acted. I enjoyed it very much.
August 9, 2016
An engaging drama with strong performances and some genuinely great moments.
July 9, 2016
Philadelphia is without a doubt, a gem from the 90s. The acting is captivating and the story is good even if it is cliche
½ May 8, 2016
Generic courtroom drama that gets extra points for it's taboo subject matter and superb acting performances by Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Jason Robards.
May 5, 2016
Tom Hanks as a prominent Philadelphia attorney who is terminated because he has AIDS virus. He hires a homophobic personal injury lawyer to help him take his case to court.
April 29, 2016
I see some of the reviews stating the importance of the film as it was the first to deal with the medical, social, and political issues of AIDS. However put that aside and it ends up being a slow paced drama that doesn't build the tension some other law film do. The stella performances from Hanks and Washington make it a decent but far from great film.
March 19, 2016
Tom Hanks delivers yet another tremendously powerful performance. It's sensible he won the best actor Academy Award for that year.
March 12, 2016
Outstanding movie.!!!
½ March 6, 2016
A good film raising awareness about discrimination in the workplace. It also put the city in a different light that I have not seen before.
½ February 9, 2016
When I was about to go watch Cast Away on Netflix, the Apple TV wasn't working which all I had to do in order to entertain my sister and I, is to watch TV. I saw that Philadelphia was on one of the channels, and I wanted to watch it because I was bored, and to waste some time, which turned out to be a really great movie. Tom Hanks is really great in this and does a good job playing a homosexual man that never seem to be obvious which would've been stereotypical. When the his character has AIDS, you can see the stages of it which the make-up people did a great job of making it look realistic, and Tom Hanks as well for giving a sense of what would a person act like if they have AIDS. The story is really interesting, even if it's like other courtroom dramas. The writing is well done, and the characters are well developed. It's funny at times, and the direction by Jonathan Demme is well-shotted. The courtroom scenes are really interesting and are usually the best part on the film. Denzel Washington gives a great performance which with him and Tom Hanks together in a movie with a talented director, gives a memorable movie that probably stands out from other court drama movies.
January 12, 2016
One of the few movies that givens an unflinching look at the horrible disease the is AIDS. This is a movie filled with great performances especially Tom Hanks. No matter your view on gays or AIDS patients, when a law has been broken everyone has a right to make their voice heard. The one thing that I didn't like in this movie is that after Denzel's character claims to his wife that he doesn't like gays, soon after he makes a complete 360 turn and decides to help Andrew(the gay with AIDS).
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