Philadelphia Movie Summary Essays

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Philadelphia - Summary

Main characters:
· Andrew Beckett: A handsome, self-assured hotshot law graduate from Penn is on a fast track to partnership at his lawfirm. But he's hiding a dark secret from his self-satisfied employers: he's HIV-positive. When he gets fired while battling AIDS he decides to bring suit. He is warmhearted and cares much for his family who - especially his lover Miguel and his mother Sarah - are extraordinarily supportive during the case.
· Joe Miller: At first he's reluctant to help him in suing Wyant, Wheeler mostly because of his bias' against gay people. He'd rather sue the city on behalf of people who have gone out of their way to bruise their ankles on municipal property than break new legal ground by
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Both parties try to convince the jury of their version of 'truth'. Wyant, Wheeler's defense consists of three parts: overwhelm, intimidate and an extremely good litigator, which in this case is Mrs. Conine, while plaintiff represented by Joe Miller turns out to use rather unconventional means of achieving a victory. He tries to trick his witnesses and catch them while they are off guard. During the course of the trial Andrew's health is deteriorating continually and shortly before he dies the jury decides in his favor.

Personal opinion:
I think the movie (as well as the book - I'm referring to the film now because it's a novel based on the screenplay) Philadelphia is a good film, and sometimes much more than that. I think it helped to broaden the understanding of the disease drastically, mostly because of stars like Tom Hanks - who received an Oscar for his performance -, Denzel Washington and Antonio Banderas..
In my opinion though the characters in this movie are too superficial, too shallow. We don't come to learn a lot about this young attorney or his lover Miguel. Neither do we learn about the rest of his family or his counselor Joe Miller. Even though the book gives a deeper insight into their lives than the movie they are still too shallow in my opinion. Despite of this everyone of them shows a superb performance during the play which settles that point. And even as the film fails to build

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