Philadelphia script
Philadelphia (1993)
Synopsis: Fearing it would compromise his career, lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) hides his homosexuality and HIV status at a powerful Philadelphia law firm. But his secret is exposed when a colleague spots the illness's telltale lesions. Fired shortly afterwards, Beckett resolves to sue for discrimination, teaming up with Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), the only lawyer willing to help. In court, they face one of his ex-employer's top litigators, Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen).

A MAN ON CRUTCHES HOBBLES INTO A COURTHOUSE ELEVATOR AND IS

joined by Andrew and Joe, crowding inside (INT./DAY) ...

As soon as the doors close, Andrew whips out a micro-

cassette recorder, making notes, and Joe, in the opposite

corner of the elevator, does exactly the same thing.

ANDREW JOE

... plaintiff seeks to re- ... whereas decedent had

strain defendants from con- pre-existing asthmatic

tinued improper use of trade condition and ride on

name without... Ultra Loop caused sub-

sequent death...

Andrew and Joe stop at the same time, look at each other...

And turn toward the corner, seeking privacy.

ANDREW (CONT.) JOE (CONT.)

... plaintiff's permission or ... complainant seeks

authorization... relief...

There's a PERSISTENT BEEPING, Andrew and Joe pull out their

portable telephones at the same time.

They look at each other: which phone is ringing?

ANDREW:

You.

Andrew resumes his telephone conversation.

JOE:

Right.

(into phone)

Miller.

The ELEVATOR OPENS: Andrew breezes past the MAN ON

CRUTCHES, saying to Joe:

ANDREW:

Client of yours?

JOE:

Funny.

Andrew hurries down the corridor. Joe waits a moment... then

pursues the MAN ON CRUTCHES.

JOE (CONT.)

Excuse me..? Sir? Yo!

CUT TO:

ANDREW EKERGES FROM CITY HALL, ONTO DILWORTH PLAZA BUSTLING with

PEDESTRIANS (EXT./DAY) ...

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Ron Nyswaner

Ron Nyswaner was born on October 5, 1956 in Clarksville, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Philadelphia (1993), The Painted Veil (2006) and Why Stop Now? (2012). more…

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