Down East 2013 ©
At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political, and social issues of AIDS.
Tom Hanks, in his first Academy Award-winning performance, plays Andrew Beckett, a talented lawyer at a stodgy Philadelphia law firm, and a homosexual who has contracted AIDS. The firm's senior partner, Charles Wheeler (Jason Robards), assigns Andrew a case involving their most important client, but soon the lesions associated with AIDS are visible on his face. Wheeler abruptly removes Andrew from the case and fires him from the firm. Andrew wants to take his wrongful termination suit to trial but, no lawyer in Philadelphia will risk handling his case. In desperation, he hires Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), a homophobic small-time lawyer willing to take the case for media exposure.