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still from Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme, US 1993)

Philadelphia

Jonathan Demme / US, 1993 / 125 min.

This first big Hollywood studio film about AIDS broke a lot of taboos. Tom Hanks plays a homosexual lawyer with AIDS who prosecutes his powerful law firm for unfair dismissal. Denzel Washington also impressed as his homophobic attorney.

poster Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme, US 1993)
Although the film industry lost countless people to AIDS – the most famous being Rock Hudson in 1985 – there was a great reluctance to make a film about the AIDS epidemic, especially one aimed at the most seriously affected group: the homosexual community. After his Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme could afford to take the ‘creative risk’, as this was seen at the time.

Details

Director

Jonathan Demme

Production year

1993

Country

US

Original title

Philadelphia

Length

125 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NLD

Format

35mm

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