In the film Philadelphia, gay lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), is fired from his conservative law firm because he has AIDS. Beckett sues his former employer with the help of Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), a homophobic lawyer. Miller overcomes his homophobia and helps Beckett win his case before Beckett dies of AIDS.
Philadelphia was lauded for addressing the subject of AIDS with major Hollywood talent and studio backing. It also was criticized as addressing the devastation of the epidemic after the fact and with a storyline that avoided more controversial aspects of AIDS.
“Philadelphia to me was old when it came out.”
Interview with Dominick Margarelli, Cure AIDS Now, Incorporated, 1995
John-Manuel Andriote Victory Deferred Collection, 1901-2008