Twenty years ago, today, a film that changed the conversation about AIDS in America opened in theaters.
“Philadelphia” starred Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, and it won box-office success and critical acclaim.
It netted two Oscars, including one for Hanks who won a Best Actor award for his portrayal of Andrew Beckett, an HIV-positive lawyer who sues his former law firm after he’s unjustly fired.
“Philadelphia” also featured actors whose real lives mirrored the movie: several dozen extras were HIV-positive Philadelphians.
- Elana Gordon, health and science reporter for WHYY. She tweets @Elana_Gordon.