Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer infected with AIDS, is fired from his conservative law firm in fear that they might contract AIDS from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him.

Books with substantial mentioning of Philadelphia
Jürgen Müller
Filme der 90er
Köln-London-Madrid-New York-Paris-Tokyo, 2001

Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast (eds.)
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 1. Films
Detroit/New York/San Francisco/London/Boston/Woodbridge, CT, 2000

Frank N. Magill (ed.)
Magill's Cinema Annual 1994, A Survey of the Films of 1993
Pasadena, California; Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1994
Articles on Philadelphia
Louise Brealey, Movie Imitates Life Shock, in: Premiere (UK), nr. 40 (May), 1996 pp. 30
Author:Louise Brealey
Title:Movie Imitates Life Shock
Magazine:Premiere (UK)
Illustrations:  yes
Related film: Philadelphia (1993)

United States 1993

Directed by

Roberta Maxwell
Ron Vawter
Robert Ridgely
Adam LeFevre
Gary Goetzman
Obba Babatundé
Quentin Crisp
Tak Fujimoto


Running time:125 minutes
Country:United States

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