The first mainstream Hollywood film to deal with the subject of AIDS, and one of the few to feature gay characters in a serious dramatic context, PHILADELPHIA is highly competent and equally--if surprisingly--conventional.
Handsome, self-assured young corporate lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is fired by his white-shoe Philadelphia firm when his sleek, self-satisfied employers--including Charles Wheeler (Jason Robards) and Bob Seidman (Ron Vawter)--discover that he's HIV positive. With the support of his
family--especially his mother, Sarah (Joanne Woodward)--and his lover, Miguel (Antonio Banderas), Beckett sues. But the only lawyer who will take his case is...