|Starring:||Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Antonio Banderas, Tracey Walter, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward|
|Studio:||COLUMBIA TRI-STAR HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Worthy but movingBy a customer from Glasgow, Scotland , 19 May 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Whatever you think of this film Tom Hanks does an outstanding job as the lawyer with AIDS who sues his firm when they fire him. For its time it was groundbreaking. I have to wonder how far we've come when current projects like Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain' still shy from showing real onscreen intimacy between two men. Denzel Washington's everyman character almost steals the show from Hanks. Their relationship is one of the movie's highlights, given that it downplays that between Hanks and his beautiful lover, played by Antonio Banderas, who hovers in the background offering love and support. I suppose the filmmakers ought to be commended for not just preaching to the converted but trying to confront homophobia. It is ironic that a film about prejudice and discrimination against a gay man is afraid to deal with what that means, as though a sexually active gay man is somehow less deserving of our sympathy than a saintly victim. I was undeniably moved, and it is a very good film. However I suggest you rent 'Parting Glances' with Steve Buscemi to see a real gay man with AIDS, or get hold of 'Longtime Companion' which is a more honest film.
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Gr8 film to watch - PhiladelphiaBy randyrita (12 reviews) from Ashington , 06 Sep 2010Gr8 film and very moving. Well worth watching. Tom Hanks and Densil Washington were brilliant. Well worth watching.
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Needed more character depthBy Bassman71 (701 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 03 Sep 2010Successful Lawyer contracts AIDS, his company then fire him for other reasons but an unfair dismissal claim brings out the truth.
Well, I was a little disappointed with the film in general. Thought it should have had more background on Beckett so you got to know the character better. Instead it rushed along then straight to the old tearjerker ending, complete with video footage as a kid, etc.
Denzel Washington stood out however with a great performance as Joe Miller.
I agree with the people who says that Hanks' character was 'underwritten & incomplete'.
phila delphiaBy stoneyeyes (3 reviews) from yorkshire , 16 Mar 2010absolutly amazing....... seen it so many times n al never get bored so brill n so true 2 life its untrue....................plsease ppl dont slate this fim cos al hav2 kill ya lol
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PHILADELPHIABy 101sar (17 reviews) from Fairford , 29 Jan 2010watched when first came out and really enjoyed,a tear jerker! But having watched it many years later,i.e last night, i feel the film was some what out dated and didnt have the emotion anymore which does ruin the film abit. Opinions and views have changed somewhat towards the illness described in the film over time, however it does remain a good storyline and film of its time,everyone remembers it!
Excellent Film! A**By woofypoo (30 reviews) from Sutton, Surrey , 21 Dec 2009This film had a very interesting story and the two main actors (Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington) were superb!!
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an intriguing and intelligent story line!