James R. Elkins


Film Basics


Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

Janet Maslin (New York Times)

Roy Grundmann & Peter Sacks (Cineaste)

Film Annotation: Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database

John M. Frame, Theology at the Movies

Todd McCarthy (Variety) Emanuel Levy Kent Ulrich (Slant) All-Reviews.com DVD Movie Guide DVD Verdict Review DVDFile.com MovieFreak.com DVD Review Warren French Washington Post Harvard Crimson

Film Background: The Wikipedia entry for "Philadelphia" notes that the film was "inspired by the story of Geoffrey Bowers, an attorney who in 1987 sued the law firm Baker & McKenzie for unfair dismissal in one of the first AIDS discrimination cases." [See: Geoffrey Bowers]


MSNBC: How Hollywood portrays AIDS

"Milk" (2008) -vs- "Philadelphia" (1993)

Tanya Wexler, "Finding North"

Film Bibliography

"Philadelphia," in Michael Asimow & Shannon Mader, Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book 203-223 (New York: Peter Lang, 2004)

Susan N. Herman, "Philadelphia (1993): Law in the City of Brotherly Love," in Rennard Strickland, Teree E. Foster & Taunya Lovell Banks (eds.), Screening Justice—The Cinema of Law: Significant Films of Law, Order and Social Justice 617-632 (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Company, 2006)

"The Philadelphia Story," in Suzanna Danuta Walters, All the Rage 137-140 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001)

"Hollywood Gets AIDS," in Judy W. Pennington, The History of Sex in American Film 146-149 (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2007)

Preview: Movie Trailer

Script: dailyscript.com