Philadelphia (1993) - Drama

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When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington
Length: 125 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 30 out of 300 found boring (10%)

One-line Reviews (124)

The superb cast and acting somehow overshadows the social propaganda being put forth.

The directing choices of Jonathan Demme, rest in peace and may the soil on his grave be plenty, as well as his subtle use of instruments are fascinating and on point.

As a film it is quite routine, and as a piece of propaganda it falls as flat as the characters.

Anyway, like I said, it's a great film, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

What all his films have in common is strong characters, talented actors and compelling scenes to exhibit their talents.

His appearance in the film encapsulates the reality of the AIDS epidemic, in that it often touched our lives in unexpected places.

In addition to ignoring the complexities of human character, this movie totally ignores the complexites of the AIDS issue, and gay rights, simplifying them into a thin gruel of unthinking, maudlin, propaganda.

Dated, Slow, Emotional Impact Zero .

The most powerful argument against this film seems to be that it is anti-homosexual propaganda in how it shows the relationship between Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas.

My only real criticism of this movie is that it still remains a cliche Hollywood movie which has to be sold to the masses and therefore a lot of sugarcoated melodrama is added to the story.

As gripping as the train station scene in Schindler's List (or in any holocaust movie), it showed compassion,despair,joy,hope,sorrow and redemption all wrapped-up in one magnificent human moment.

Right then and there I knew her and I were going nowhere in our relationship.

Compelling Film about Human Beings .

These moments are quite rare in the film, unfortunately I would say, but when they happen, it's so intense, so meaningful that it redeems all the little flaws that might be pointed out.

It is not just canny, corny and blatantly patriotic, but compassionate, compelling and emotionally devastating.

these are the kind of movies that worth watching.

Propaganda Posing as Art .

Jason Robards and Mary Steenburgen, both fine performers, also get stuck playing boring antagonists.

Yes, the characters in this film are played by actors who are almost universally liked, and distract the viewers from the compelling reality that AIDS affects many people who engage in behavior that to many people is morally ambiguous.

He displays the process of sickness in the most gripping way possible that will make you not be able to stop watching.

He has the comic credit of Married to the Mob, the psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs and the compelling social drama Philadelphia.

This film reminded me that something that's even more important than entertaining court scenes in such a film, is an involving subject, to make you really feel that this case is important, crucial; this film shows, once and for all, that a good story, an important subject, makes a good film if executed properly.

This is a very good, many superb scenes, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young (I prefer Neil's song), it's a worth watching film.

The music was so thrilling!!

I would highly recommend it for anyone.

The acting is superb all around and the story is compelling.

A sometimes overbearing but nevertheless enjoyable film...

This scene is just stunning.

A stunning film with a great soundtrack, it could draw tears from almost anyone.

I felt it started off intriguing but then for a good 30 minutes it felt slow and barely involved the lead character.

It's against this backdrop that Tom Hanks' AIDS-afflicted upwardly mobile city lawyer makes his brave stand against an obviously contrived dismissal.

But while Hanks might convey the propaganda, it is Washington who Demme puts most of his weight on.

This fight for equal rights for homosexuals which is portrayed in this movie still makes it worth watching nowadays, because discrimination is still rampant.

The acting is top-notch, production values are high-end, and the results are…boring.

The most compelling part of the film involves the actual trial in which Beckett's old law firm argues that ultimately he lost his edge as a young, crackerjack attorney, to the point where he became incompetent.

It's AIDS propaganda for the masses; a film-by-committee if there ever was one.

Unfortunately, the director focuses so much on the wrong aspects, specifically Denzel Washington's boring character arc and quasi path to enlightenment.

Despite "Philadelphia"'s formulaic approach, the film succeeds due to its powerful emotional punch, poignancy and top-notch screenwriting and acting.

It is not able to criticize Tom Hanks' performance, which is simply stunning as is the rest of the cast.

Other than that, the film itself is quite entertaining.

'Philadelphia' is based on the issue mentioned above, and here comes a film that is memorable, sensitive and compelling.

Sad and boring movie about bad life decisions .

"Philadelphia" could have been a powerful, thought provoking film, but turned out quiet and dull, 7/10.

The movie was totally predictable.

) That is to say the court scenes are very intense, mostly because we have grown to hate Andy's ex-law firm so much.

After The Greatest Masterpiece of all time,A Suspenseful and Thrilling "The Silence of the Lambs",He made the next MasterWork in a different genre:humanity drama.

While it has many imperfections, the performances are terrific and if you're a fan of Hanks and Washington, which you certainly should be, then it's worth the watch.

To me this movie is both a relevant and compelling story, as well as a model of overcompensation.

Hanks saves himself from a weak role to read on paper, and Washington goes from strong and powerful to boring and melodramatic at times.

Despite minor setbacks such as lack of emotional diversity and predictability, Philadelphia is an interesting insightful movie that is definitely worth watching.

Although the movie is well directed, edited and equally well-paced, with largely creditable acting performances from lots of old, familiar regulars; it has an extremely banal script, whilst the plot itself is a predictable done-deal.

DENZEL and HANKS at their very best in a gripping courtroom drama.

Propaganda .

Very little is made of the fact that this 'victim' caught the disease as a result of his own reckless behaviour, participating in lewd conduct with complete strangers, whilst living (and engaging in sexual activity with) a male partner.

Excellent, Compelling, and an emotional powerhouse .

This too is deliberate agenda based propaganda and brainwashing, and it has worked perfectly in promoting/demonizing these two opposing social groups.

If a movie succeeds on doing this, (with of course a touch of fiction that makes reality more, let's say intense and interesting to watch)than it's a great movie to me.

The courtroom scenes, which are supposed to be intense and dramatic, end up being dull.

The sheer audacity of such an approach made the performances of Hanks and Washington seem more contrived than they already were.

i hate to say this but its boring .

In this riveting, insightful story, Tom Hanks stars as a successful attorney who works for a prominent, richly conservative law firm while concealing his homosexuality and recent contraction of AIDS.

Absorbing all the way through--thoughtful, provocative and guaranteed to stir your interest in its delicate handling of a difficult subject.

His transformation of character gives the story greater depth, although after initially being appalled by the idea, his motives for taking on Andy's (Hanks) case are unclear and mar his compelling arc.

" All movies are propaganda.

Finally: "The movie is propaganda.

However, there is clear agenda based propaganda being put forth here.

It is this hard strive for fundamental rights which makes "Philadelphia" so engaging and moving.

This is a piece of leaden propaganda--I would call it "obvious" propaganda, but it seems to have fooled most of the critics.

This, combined with the intense subject matter, made it an ambitious undertaking.

The emotions of their relationship are also complicated by Andy's apparent rendezvous with a man at the Stallion Theatre while engaging in a relationship with Miguel.

That said it took Hollywood another 15 years for its first gay-kiss between men in "Brokeback Mountain" and if to turn a cliché, a journey of a hundred miles starts with a single step, then "Philadelphia" played its part, especially when prejudices were arguably more ingrained than today.

On its own, Philadelphia is a well made but formulaic movie.

Instead of drama, we're given a politically correct, preachy, propaganda tract.

In order to achieve the goal of being an emotional movie that hopefully opens the eyes of viewers to the world of AIDS, according to Demme, the film employed many cinematic techniques such as very slow music that swelters to a climax.

Formulaic hardly describes it.

Putting the propaganda aside, I give "Philadelphia" a 7.

Rich, Compelling, Deep, Magnificent Film!.

Now, to the movie: the movie is so overly indulged in 'emotion' and musical cues that it becomes so embarrassingly sappy and unwatchable.

The results are breathtaking.

Demme should stop the politics and get back to entertaining people.

Director Demme should be credited for crafting an interesting and entertaining film that at least doesn't fall into the trap of being patronising to the point of insulting.

Propaganda is still propaganda, even when the cause is noble.

It's also fascinating to watch to see how far thinking has come regarding gay people and HIV/AIDS.

The story here is stunning, it's brilliant, one can not praise this film enough.

Denzel Washington has the meatier role and plays it with such authority and compelling poise, also showing excellent chemistry with Hanks, while I appreciated the subdued performance of Antonio Banderas and Joanne Woodward's nuanced turn as Andy's mother.

The most intense scene was while listening opera.

Flawed but fascinating social protest movie .

Tom Hanks' character of Andrew Beckett, the gay lawyer with AIDS, is dreadfully dull.

Predictable, totally unrealistic and fraught with Hollywood's social change agenda.

To make this film stand out they needed powerhouses to carry and elevate this effort into a moving, compelling and poignant story of injustice, discrimination and intolerance.

Watching the working relationship that develops between Andrew and Joe, from their first handshake (which Joe frightfully pulls away from) to their final encounter in Andrew's hospital bed, is what forms the crux of this heartbreaking and riveting movie experience.

This scene is just stunning and touchy.

There's just too many courtroom scenes and not enough character development, and that gets very boring and repetitive, very fast.

The problem with this film is the script is too contrived and many aspects are just not plausible.

The movie was totally predictable.

As the years have rolled by, the film's standing has waned some what, gays have renounced the film as over sentimental gloop and various other cinema critics have accused the film of confusing its aims.

Bruce Springsteen provided a sensational song ("Streets of Philadelphia") and Howard Shore an enjoyable soundtrack.

This movie changed Tom Hanks career from silly (but enjoyable) comedies to Oscar winner and candidate for all the top scripts, Plot In A Paragraph: When successful Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is fired for alleged incompetence, he believes it is because his employers found out he had AIDS.

Good Story/Cast/Acting - But Loaded With Propaganda And Too Much Opera Music .

The make-up which gives the impression that Hanks really does have the terrible disease is perfect and the simple yet striking direction from Jonathan Demme(The Silence Of The Lambs) make this utterly compelling viewing although at times it is very uncomfortable.

The writers carefully picked apart most of the prejudices that people still have towards homosexuals and AIDS victims in an entertaining way, they showed us what homophobia really is, and gave us characters that you feel deeply for.

Gripping, well-made drama has two excellent leads, a great supporting cast, and a thought-provoking story that sheds light on some sensitive and controversial issues.

yeah, I'll say it - the conclusion of this film was really intense for me to watch.

Denzel Washington's character was just a re-hash of all his characters from that era: strident, using the high-strung, clipped-speech, and contrived.

Denzil Washington was good but predictable.

An absolutely riveting film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, who are both superb in this account of a lawyer fired by his law firm because he is a gay man with AIDS.

On an overall scale, Philadelphia is an engaging, enlightening & heartfelt drama that offers an insightful understanding of the disease it's about while wonderfully exposing the darker side of human nature without pointing any fingers.

Preachy, predictable, slow pace.

By the time the trial reaches its conclusion, the predictable outcome serves mostly as counterpoint for the movie's real ending.

I remember Tom Hanks's character left an important file on someone's empty desk and walked away; later on, that file turns up missing causing the firm to lose a case and that was the ostensible reason for his getting fired.

The pacing was very slow.

"Philadelphia" is successful and engaging because it has a simple plot.

Denzel Washington is very compelling as well he plays an attorney.

Delivers through the propaganda .

Having said that, the other obvious weaknesses were in the script which was a little too contrived at times.

The pacing was very slow.

I for one think this is a great touch since too often in movies they give us this cliche of the poor little gay boy kicked out of home by an overly cruel father.

Very sad and boring .

PHILADELPHIA - * * * * out of * * * * * D: Jonathan Demme S: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jasob Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas"Philadelphia" is a sometimes overbearing but nevertheless enjoyable film about a gay man (Hanks) infected with AIDS, who sues his employer (Robards) for firing him over prejudice.

This movie is excellent, it's compelling, it's heartbreaking, my friends it is breathtaking.

Potentially Fascinating Subject Matter Squandered by Poor Directing .

An equally compelling theme song, written and sung by Bruce Springstein, underscores the mood of the film.

Well-Acted, Involving Propaganda Piece .

A couple of other reviewers said Philadelphia was propaganda, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!