Andrew Beckett is a successful lawyer employed by one of Philadelphia’s top law firms. When Andrew, who is gay and living with AIDS, is fired from the firm, he enlists the help of fellow lawyer, Joe Miller, to sue the firm for wrongful dismissal. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “Philadelphia”.
• Near the beginning of the movie, when Andy Beckett walks into the office building and is talking to Anthea, he’s holding a yellow envelope in his right hand. He’s still holding it in his right hand when she tells him she got a ninety-eight on her exam. When Andy tells her “Congratulations”, the front view of him shows he switches the envelope to his left hand to “high five” the woman who’s passing by. It cuts to a rear view of him when she passes and the envelope is back in his right hand.
• Andy is eating Chinese food at his desk after talking to his mom on the phone. He sets the container down on his desk with the chopsticks sticking out. When he says “OK” while reading the computer screen, the rear view of his shows the chopsticks are pointed to the right. When he’s interrupted by Robert, one stick is pointing to the left and the other is slanted to the right. A moment later, when he’s told that Charles wants to see him upstairs and he gets up to leave, the chopsticks are gone.
• Joe is talking to his wife in their kitchen. He walks into the dining room and sets the plates down in front of the chairs. He then sets the bowls down side by side near the edge of the table. Joe then walks back to the kitchen and grabs the napkins. When he goes back to the dining room, the bowls are now sitting on top of each plate.
• CAUTION: May Contain Spoilers! Joe goes to see Andy at the hospital after the verdict has been read. Near the end, Joe puts the oxygen mask back on Andy’s face. Part of the green elastic band gets caught under the mask near the left side of Andy’s mouth. But when Joe leaves, the close-up of Andy shows the elastic band is on the outside of the mask.
“Philadelphia” (1993) stars Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonia Banderas, Jason Robards and Joanne Woodward. It runs 125 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some graphic language and thematic material.
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