Philadelphia

"No one would take on his case... until one man was willing to take on the system."

Philadelphia is a dramatic film that tells the story of attorney Andrew Beckett who is infected with HIV. Andrew works for a large law firm and he has not let any of his co-workers know about his condition or the fact that he is gay. The firm finds out about Andrew's condition when he is hospitalized for his illness. Before he was hospitalized he asked his secretary to file a court document which ends up going missing. The firm ends up firing Andrew.

Andrew believes that he has been fired because of his homosexuality and HIV-positive health condition. He tries to find an attorney who will help him sue the law firm but no one seems to want to take his case. He finally gets Miller to help him. Miller does not want to take the case at first but does so after seeing Andrew struggling one night to research in the law library.

The trial is full of drama. Andrew's old firm tries to claim that Andrew got sick from sleeping around and was an incompetent attorney. Andrew admits he tried to hide his condition but only because he heard people at the firm say homophobic comments and jokes. While he is testifying, Andrew collapses in front of the packed courthouse and is rushed to the hospital. The jury comes back with a verdict in favor of Andrew and he receives damages. Miller heads to the hospital to tell him the news. Andrew is surrounded by family and friends at the hospital and they are pleased to see Miller as well. Miller and Andrew share a tender, friendly moment where Miller touches him for the first time. After everyone leaves, Andrew tells his partner that he is ready to die. Andrew passes away peacefully in the hospital. Miller remains close to his family and attends a memorial service at his house with them.

PG-13
| 1994 | 2 hr 5 min | 7.7/10
Cast
Studio
Director
Jonathan Demme
Language
English
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