AIDS goes Hollywood as hot-shot corporate attorney Andrew Beckett (Hanks), fired because he has the disease, hires brilliant but homophobic personal injury attorney Washington as his counsel when he sues for discrimination. Boxoffice winner was criticized by some gay activists as too mainstream, which is the point. It doesn't probe deeply into the gay lifestyle, focusing instead on justice and compassion. Boasts a good script, make-up that transforms Hanks, sure direction, great soundtrack, and a strong supporting cast, but all would mean little without Hanks' superb performance, his best to date.
Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 125 minutes.
Oscars 1993: Actor (Hanks), Song ("Streets of Philadelphia"); Berlin Intl. Film Fest. 1994: Actor (Hanks); Golden Globes 1994: Actor--Drama (Hanks), Song ("Streets of Philadelphia"); MTV Movie Awards 1994: Male Perf. (Hanks); Blockbuster 1995: Drama Actor, V. (Hanks).
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