12 certificatePhiladelphia is a Film programme that first aired in 1993 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Philadelphia is a 5 star programme

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Philadelphia (1993)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme

This, the first major Hollywood movie about Aids, is a tour-de-force for Tom Hanks, who won the Oscar for Best Actor. He plays Andrew Beckett, a gay HIV-positive lawyer who takes his conservative former employers to court on the grounds of unlawful dismissal because of his condition. Unable to represent himself in court, he must find a lawyer willing to take on the case and discovers an unlikely aid in the guise of a black, homophobic lawyer (Denzel Washington).

Directed with aplomb by Jonathan Demme, the commanding cast play their roles to perfection, with Mary Steenburgen (defence lawyer), Jason Robards Sr. (law firm partner) and Joanne Woodward (Beckett's mother) providing powerful support to the Hanks/Washington partnership.

A very touching movie with lessons for us all. Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 1993

5/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Filmed in Colour

When is Philadelphia next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 November 6th, 9:00pm and on Film4 Plus 1 November 6th, 10:00pm. See more...


Image for Tom HanksTom Hanks...Andrew Beckett
Image for Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington...Joe Miller
Roberta Maxwell...Judge Tate
Buzz Kilman...Crutches
Karen Finley...Dr. Gillman
Daniel Chapman...Clinic Storyteller
Mark Sorensen Jr....Clinic Patient
Jeffrey Williamson...Tyrone
Charles Glenn...Kenneth Killcoyne
Ron Vawter...Bob Seidman
Anna Deavere Smith...Anthea Burton
Stephanie Roth Haberle...Rachel Smilow
Lisa Talerico...Shelby
Image for Joanne WoodwardJoanne Woodward...Sarah Beckett
Image for Jason Robards Sr.Jason Robards Sr....Charles Wheeler