"Philadelphia" is a moving, thoughtful and brilliantly filmed drama by critically acclaimed directo Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") starring Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his performance as the HIV infected homosexual Andy Beckett.
"Philadelphia" was a risky movie, as it came out in the early 90s where both HIV and homosexuality were generally treated with disrespect and hate.
For younger viewers who are not familiar with this fact the story may seem cliched, but it was the first movie who depicted a homosexual as a normal, not effeminate and highly intelligent man. The movie shows a world that treats the protagonist as if he was a criminal, and even Denzel Washington's character has prejudices at the beginning. The movie has one big message: Homosexuality is okay.
Both Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington give a great performance, Tom Hanks won an Academy Award as Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the theme song "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen won one for Best Original Song.
There are hardly any movie more moving and thoughtful than "Philadelphia" and it is an absolute must-see.
The movie is not for younger viewers - especially because of the extremely emotional intensity of the movie which can be too much for younger viewers.
There are several crude references and curse words about homosexuality - however, the movie really does not glorify these words.
It is okay for teens and up.