PHILADELPHIA Add To My Top 10
Release Date: December 24, 1993
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Runtime: 119 minutes
Distributor: Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Ron Nyswaner
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The story is a case study in the history of the disease--part drama and part informational, nearly becoming a documentary. However, Demme has effectively connected the story's social and storytelling aspects into a challenging drama, although the screenwriter has stacked the deck by pitting a personable young victim against an ogre-like establishment. Overall, considering the musical compositions that accompany this film and the exceptional acting by Tom Hanks, PHILADELPHIA poignantly and effectively drives home its message. Denzel Washington also gives a commendable performance. However, the bottom line of this film, that the homosexual lifestyle is "just another lifestyle," is wrong and abhorrent to God and moral individuals (See Romans 1:20).