# 3 – PHILADELPHIA

14 Nov

PHILADELPHIA (1993) – Andrew Beckett
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Synopsis – When a man with AIDS 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.
Tom Hanks – plays the attorney with AIDS.
Co-stars – Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen and Antonio Banderas
Best Parts –  The opening sequence, when Denzel studies (in a panic) every move Hanks makes during his first office visit, the library scene,  every time Joanne Woodward shows emotion, The reaction of the law firm being sued to Andy and his initial testimony. when Hanks lifts up his shirt in the trial and reveals his legions to follow with a little smile at the intimacy and power of proof in the moment, realizing Dr. Bailey is in this movie. Realizing that Principal Green from Dawson’s Creek (also a Mr. Green in Philadelphia) is the opposing counsel – Hanks uses this actor as “Lamar” in That Thing You Do.
Worst Parts– Just curious – wondering why they chose a doctor, actor, with an intense cross eye to play Tom’s doctor in the beginning and why the younger brother of the Beckett family always looks like he’s gonna set something on fire otherwise this section is N/A.
Best Hanks Acting – While he’s solid through the whole move, a couple of parts that stand out: The scene where Denzel watches opera take over Hanks – you KNOW that’s what won him the Oscar AND his reaction to leaving Denzel’s office after pleading his case and is turned down.
Best Line(s) – “I didn’t raise my kids to sit in the back of the bus. Get in there and fight for your rights.” “It’s Adam and Eve! Not Adam and Steve!” “My earrings ARE American. They’re African American.” and most of what Denzel says, but here’s a few specific ones:  “Do you agree that a bologna sandwich is a satisfactory meal, whereas Caviar, champagne, roast duck may be considered a delightful meal?” “I don’t recall that glorious document (Declaration of Independence) saying anything about All STRAIGHT men are created equal…” “Did you have anything to do with this file being lost accidentally/on purpose?” “Oh, and not Denzel, but fueled by Denzel –  “Would someone please explain that to me (beat) like I’m a six-year-old.”

Overall – The performances are wonderful and the story is so important and so poignant. What these characters go through physically and emotionally is remarkable. Terrific script, well-directed (Demme) and superbly acted.   (94 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE  – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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