Genre Grandeur – Philadelphia (1993) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – LGBTQ+ Movies, here’s a review of Philadelphia (1993) by me

Thanks again to Getter of Mettel Ray for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by DJ Valentine of Simplistic Reviews and we will be reviewing our favorite Reluctant Hero Movies.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice DJ!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“In this courtroom, Mr.Miller, justice is blind to matters of race, creed, color, religion, and sexual orientation.” – Judge Garrett

“With all due respect, your honor, we don’t live in this courtroom, do we?” – Joe Miller

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in 1993, video, DVD, 1 Jun 2014 and 30 Apr 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After being fired from his highly prestigious job at a law firm, a young lawyer afflicted with AIDS decides to sue his former bosses due to wrongful termination

My Take on it – This is such a profound film and still resonates after 27 years.

The story shows that it is always worth it to fight an injustice, no matter what it is and what the situation is.

Tom Hanks is extraordinary in this film and shows how great an actor he has always been.

He was able to win his first of two consecutive Oscars for Best Actor for his work in this film.

The way that they present things is really poignant because they bring up the debate as to whether decisions are made out of fear especially when one is confronted with someone who has a different creed, race or sexual orientation.

Sometimes, this makes one feel threatened because personal prejudices can sometime be so ingrained within a person that they only allow those decisions on a subliminal level to choose.

This is even more complex when these kind of decisions are against the law and this movie does a great job trying to explore the fear of people with AIDS.

In addition to Hanks, this movie has a very talented cast that includes Denzel Washington, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards and Antonio Banderas.

It can be debated that Washington is also a lead here, but Hanks outshines everyone that it’s impossible to even think that he shares the lead role here.

This film has a very poignant and moving soundtrack.

The songs Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen

and Philadelphia by Niel Young

were both nominated for Oscars for Best Original Song with Springsteen winning the award.

It’s amazing how a story like this could actually get even better as time goes by and we get a better understanding of AIDS and discrimination especially since we now know so much more about this deadly disease than we did when this film was made.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that really shows how discrimination can be fought against in any situation. Hanks is spectacular in this role and was quite deserving of winning his first of two consecutive Best Actor Oscars for this film.  The story allows us to see that decisions shouldn’t necessarily be made based on race, creed or sexual orientation, but sometimes, personal prejudices are so ingrained in society that it makes it more difficult to differentiate even if it is against the law to act that way. The film has a superb supporting cats that includes Washington, Steenburgen, Robards and Banderas who all play their characters in ways that makes this story seem so realistic in everything that occurs.  The music helps set the tone for the story and both Streets of Philadelphia by Springsteen and Philadelphia by Niel Young were nominated for Oscars with Springsteen winning. The film is even more poignant now after 27 years because we have much more knowledge about this deadly disease than we did at the time. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Jonathan Demme wanted people not familiar with AIDS to see his film. He felt Bruce Springsteen would bring an audience that would not ordinarily see a movie about a gay man dying of AIDS. The movie and the song “The Streets of Philadelphia” did a great deal to increase AIDS awareness and take some of the stigma off the disease. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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