Philadelphia DVD coverTom Hanks won his first Academy Award for his portrayal of Andrew Beckett in the 1993 TriStar Pictures production Philadelphia.  Beckett is a successful corporate attorney who is wrongfully terminated because he has contracted AIDS.  Determined to fight for his rights, he enlists the help of a homophobic small-time lawyer (Denzel Washington) to sue his former firm.  Jonathan Demme directs strong performances to underscore the power of the story, including an understated turn by Antonio Banderas as Beckett’s devoted partner.  Even after fifteen years, Philadelphia raises important questions on the courage, compassion, and dignity that should be celebrated in each human being.  One of the working titles for the movie, People Like Us, is a reminder that this is not just a gay rights film, but a human rights one.