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Philadelphia (movie)

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Philadelphia is a 1993 movie written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Jonathan Demme. It stars Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Antonio Banderas and Mary Steenburgen.

Hanks's character, Andrew Beckett, is an attorney working for a high-priced law firm in Philadelphia. When he is unable to hide the fact that he has AIDS from the partners in the firm, he is fired. Beckett hires a homophobic attorney, Joe Miller (Washington), to fight for him.

The movie won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks) and Best Music, Song (Bruce Springsteen for Streets of Philadelphia). It was also nominated for Best Makeup (Carl Fullerton and Alan D'Angerio), Best Music, Song (Neil Young for Philadelphia) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Ron Nyswaner).

This movie was criticized by people who study portrayals of GLBT people in the media because the Hanks and Banderas's characters do not display normal relationship affections such as kissing. In an interview for the 1996 documentary titled The Celluiod Closet Hanks remarked that some scenes that would have showed more affection between the him and Antonio were cut, including their was a scene between him and Antonio in bed together. Their is some speculation that a DVD edition of the film may include these deleted scenes.

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