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Philadelphia

Published by admin on Thu, 2011-11-17 15:03
Release Date: 
Thursday, December 23, 1993
Actors: 
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington
Rating: 
8

Tom Hanks steals the show. By far one of the most convincing performances in a movie by an actor and pretty clear why he won the Oscar. Hanks plays a gay man, Andrew Beckett, who is fired from his job after he nearly misses one of the most important deadlines for his firm. However, Beckett feels that he was actually terminated by the partners because of his sexual orientation.

Considering how much media the current gay rights issues are getting, this a movie that was far ahead of its time. While the focus of the trial is aids, Denzel clearly states that the real issue everyone is so uncomfortable is because Beckett is gay. I really felt a strong compassion for Hanks (I'm sure the fact that he was dying also played into it) but he simply gave everything in this role. The other performances were also good but after watching the movie all you'll think about is Hanks and how convincing he was.

My Conclusion: 

Catch this film and be prepared to be blown away by Hanks. Watch it after the kids are in bed though as they won't be too interested in the content.

Genres 

Drama
Image of Philadelphia
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Mary Steenburgen, Ron Vawter
Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)