Thus spake Denzel Washington’s character Joe Miller in the classic film Philadelphia (1993) after Tom Hanks’ character, the dyingÂ AIDS lawyer Andrew Beckett, congratulates him on surviving his first gay party.
Miller is actually explaining how homosexuals were viewed in most American families in the early 1990s as AIDS was beginning to ravage the gay community.
While Denzel Washington is good as the lawyer fighting an AIDS discrimination case in Philadelphia, Tom Hanks is drop-dead brilliant as the lawyer fired by a blue-shoe law firm in the City of Brotherly Love after contracting AIDS.
Great Moments in Philadelphia
* The dying Tom Hanks enjoying opera singer Marias Callas’ music
* Tom Hanks on the witness stand
* Denzel Washington badgering the witness on the stand
* Confrontation between Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas
* Denzel Washington’s homophobia and fear of getting AIDS
If you live inthe U.S., you can watch Philadelphia streamed from Netflix via the Roku box.
What a shame that there’s not a single Bollywood actor who is even a tenth as good as Tom Hanks.