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The special features include the 84-minute documentary, One Foot On A Banana Peel and the Other In the Grave, an extraordinary piece of amateur filmmaking by an AIDS patient named Juan Botas. What I did not know was that Mr. Botas' AIDS diagnosis provided the inspiration for director Jonathan Demme to make Philadelphia in the first place, as Mr. Botas was best friends with Mr. Demme's wife. In the meanwhile, Mr. Botas mentioned to filmmaker Demme that it was a shame that the black humor, amazing courage and other interesting dialogue that emanated from his fellow patients at the clinic where he was being treated was being lost forever as it left their lips. Mr. Demme gave Mr. Botas his hand-held camera, and the results so impressed Demme that he wound up releasing the documentary through his own production company. The finished film is touching, oddly comic, tragic and as effecting as any piece of drama you've ever witnessed. One of the patients from the doctor's office was also given a few lines in the main feature, Philadelphia.
Which brings us to that film.Read more ›
Tom Hanks's Oscar winning performance as Beckett is heartwrenching. His every drop of heart and soul was poured through his performance. His previous hardcore research about the lifestyle, the disease, and the actual events is obvious. This is one of many movies that proves that Tom Hanks is one of the best actors in history. Denzel Washington's performance as Beckett's lawyer is beautiful. His acting skill proves very crutial in his character's personality and point of view. All other actors, major or minor, also perform their roles wonderfully. Everyone, including Hanks and Washington, offers their own useful emotional prospective to this movie.
Bruce Springsteen's Oscar winning song "Streets of Philadelphia" is a beautiful way to begin the movie. Its dark theme matches the plot perfectly. It also offers new prospectives to the movie.Read more ›
Of course, the insidiousness of the AIDS virus places those afflicted with it in a class of their own, and while the movie spares its viewers the pictures of some of the virus's most graphic effects, it does go to considerable length to show the physical decline associated with it - not only in the person of Beckett himself, for whose role Hanks literally almost starved himself.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this movie from the first time i saw it to the second time, 23 years later.Published 11 days ago by Eugene Stilianopoulos
Such a great movie with an inspiring message. Not about gay or straight, but about doing what is right and not settling when people treat you badly. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Melissa Tompkins
Great movie set during the time when HIV/AIDS wasn't fully understood. Great for any collection especially if you haven't seen it yetPublished 21 days ago by TechGeek
A movie that is saturated with Academy Award winners--Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Joanne Woodward, and the eventual winner-Tom Hanks. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Spy Queen
A pretty good story,was sorry I hadn't seen Philadelphia before.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca W. Tucker
Excellent movie! Tom Hanks and Denzel Whashington were epic!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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