Philadelphia


1h 59m 1993
Philadelphia

Brief Synopsis

A lawyer sues his firm for firing him because he has AIDS.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Medical
Release Date
1993
Production Company
Action Aids Philadelphia; C5, Inc.; Cerrutti 1881 Paris; Childs Gallery Ltd; Coast To Coast Catering, Inc.; Condeso/ Lawler Gallery; Crm Group Inc; Epic Soundtrax; Greater Philadelphia Film Office; Kathy Wickline Casting; Mesirov/ Gelman/ Jaffe/ Cramer & Jamieson; Mike Lemon Casting; Nancy Seltzer & Associates, Inc.; Nba Entertainment, Inc.; Panavision, Ltd.; Paul Cava Gallery; Sande Webster Gallery; Sound One; Speakeasy; Title House, Inc.; Tristar Pictures
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures; Cts; New Line Home Entertainment; Tristar Pictures
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

Synopsis

Andrew Beckett is a young up-and-coming lawyer who has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. His former colleagues claim he's just not good enough; Andrew says he's been fired because he has AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation; Andrew hires fierce personal-injury attorney Joe Miller to represent him as he sues his former firm for wrongful termination. Separated from Andrew by a deep social and cultural chasm, Joe is initially reluctant to take the case. For Andrew the battle is clear cut--he's fighting for his reputation, his life and for justice. Joe, however, faces a different kind of struggle as he confronts his own fears and prejudices about homosexuals.

Cast

Tom Hanks

Andrew Beckett

Denzel Washington

Joe Miller

Antonio Banderas

Miguel Alvarez

Mary Steenburgen

Belinda Conine

Roberta Maxwell

Judge Tate

Buzz Kilman

Karen Finley

Dr Gillman

Daniel Chapman

Clinic Storyteller

Mark Sorensen

Clinic Patient

Jeffrey Williamson

Tyrone

Charles Glenn

Kenneth Killcoyne

Ron Vawter

Bob Seidman

Anna Deavere Smith

Anthea Burton

Stephanie Roth

Rachel Smilow

Lisa Talerico

Shelby

Joanne Woodward

Sarah Beckett

Jason Robards Jr.

Charles Wheeler

Robert Ridgely

Walter Kenton

Chandra Wilson

Chandra

Ford Wheeler

Alan

David Drake

Bruno

Peter Jacobs

Peter/ Mona Lisa

Paul Lazar

Dr Klenstein

Bradley Whitford

Jamey Collins

Lisa Summerour

Lisa Miller

Freddie Foxxx

Hospital Patient

Paul Moore

Hospital Patient

Lauren Roselli

Iris

Jane Moore

Lydia Glines

Joey Perillo

Filko

Bill Rowe

Dr Armbruster

Dennis Radesky

Santa Claus

Glen Hartell

Library Guard

Tracey Walter

Librarian

John Ignarri

Young Man In Library

Richard Ehrlich

Young Man In Library

Ann Dowd

Jill Beckett

Katie Lintner

Alexis

Peg French

The Bronte Sister

Ann Howard

The Bronte Sister

Meghan Tepas

Meghan

John Bedford Lloyd

Matt Beckett

Robert Castle

Bud Beckett

Molly Hickok

Molly Beckett

Dan Olmstead

Randy Beckett

Elizabeth Roby

Elizabeth Beckett

Adam Lefevre

Jill'S Husband

Gary Goetzman

Guido Paonessa

Daniel Von Bargen

Jury Foreman

Melissa Fraser Brown

Jury Member

Jordan Cael

Jury Member

Dodie Demme

Jury Member

Patricia Greenwell

Jury Member

Donovan Mannato

Jury Member

Harry Northup

Jury Member

Steven Scales

Jury Member

Billy Ray Tyson

Jury Member

Kenneth Utt

Jury Member

Steve Vignari

Jury Member

Lawrence T Wrentz

Jury Member

Obba Babatundé

Jerome Green

James B Howard

Dexter Smith

Charles Techman

Ralph Peterson

Charles Napier

Judge Garnett

Roger Corman

Mr Laird

Jim Roche

Donna Hamilton

Angela Medina

Daniel Wolff

Filko'S Buddy

John T O'connell

Macho Barfly

Edward Kirkland

Cousin Eddie

Tony Fitzpatrick

Bartender

Kathryn Witt

Melissa Benedict

Debra H Ballard

Court Stenographer

Andre B Blake

Young Man In Pharmacy

Ira Flitter

Andrew'S Friend

Gene Borkan

Bailiff

Jon Arterton

The Flirtations

Michael Callan

The Flirtations

Aurelio Font

The Flirtations

Jimmy Rutland

The Flirtations

Cliff Townsend

The Flirtations

Q Lazzarus

Party Singer

Lucas Platt

Robert

Lewis Walker

Carmen Mahiques

Miguel'S Mom

Jose Castillo

Miguel'S Dad

Leigh Smiley

Younger Sarah Beckett

Philip Joseph Mcgee

Child Andrew

Warren Miller

Lucia Popp

Performer

Maria Callas

Performer

Stephanie Roth Haberle

Julius Erving

Himself

Anne Marie Howard

Crew

Timothy J Alberts

Wardrobe Supervisor

Marc Antony Alexander

Other

Muhsana Ali

Other

Nicole Arbusto

Casting Associate

Neda Armian

Production Assistant

Judy Arthur

Unit Publicist

Brian Atkins

Other

Colleen Atwood

Costume Designer

Pat Ballard

Song ("Mr. Sandman")

Ana Leza Banderas

Special Thanks

Steven Baris

Artwork Provider

Paul Bellman

Special Thanks

Ron Bochar

Supervising Sound Editor

Thomas Boguski

Other

Juan Suarez Botas

Other

Juan Suarez Botas

Special Thanks

David Boulton

Adr Engineer

Ron Bozman

1st Assistant Director

Ron Bozman

Executive Producer

James Brantley

Artwork Provider

Lisa Corrine Broaddus

Other

Garrett Brown

Steadicam Operator

Sam Brown

Artwork Provider

Dave Bryden

Color Timer

Scott Burris

Special Thanks

Rick Butler

Assistant Art Director

David Byrne

Song ("Heaven")

Francine Byrne

Art Department Coordinator

Sammy Cahn

Song ("All The Way")

Patrick Capone

1st Assistant Camera

Jan Carroll

Production Projectionist

Andrew Casey

2nd Assistant Camera

Robert Castellano

Rerecordist

Alfredo Catalani

Music ("Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana" From The Opera "La Wally")

Thomas Cavanaugh

Special Thanks

Kam Chan

Assistant Sound Editor

Rexall Chinn

Special Thanks

Diana Choi

Assistant (To Edward Saxon)

Mark Christopher

Special Thanks

Francesco Cilea

Music ("Ecco: Respiro Appena" From The Opera "Adriana Lecouvreur")

Yvon Cine

Song Producer ("Ibo Lele (Dreams Come True)")

Laura Civiello

Dialogue Editor

Alex Cohn

Production Assistant

Billy Cole

Special Thanks

Ornette Coleman

Special Thanks

Peter Collins

Song Producer ("I Don'T Wanna Talk About It")

Pat Colville

Artwork Provider

Kenneth Conners

Rigging Gaffer

Frances Cook

Wardrobe Assistant

Signe Corriere

Assistant (To Jonathan Demme)

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Alex Cox

Clip Director ("Well, Did You Evah?" From "Red Hot & Blue")

Richard Crandall

Other

Scott Currie

Assistant Location Manager

Alan D'angerio

Hairstyles Designer

David Davenport

Wardrobe Supervisor

Dorsey Davis

Set Dresser

Jonathan Demme

Producer

Pete Denenberg

Song Producer ("Have You Ever Seen The Rain?")

Kurt Eichhorn

Music Conductor ("Non Temer Amato Bene")

Russ Engels

Chief Lighting Technician

John Epperson

Special Thanks

Todd Factor

Post-Production Coordinator

Robin Fajardo

Assistant (To Kenneth Utt)

Vanessa Fenton

Production Assistant

Allen Ferro

Titles Consultant

Pablo Ferro

Title Designer

Howard Feuer

Casting

Chris Fielder

Assistant Sound Editor

Charles Fields

Production Assistant

Jimmy Finnerty

Key Grip

Tony Fitzpatrick

Artwork Provider

Thomas Fizgerald

Transportation Co-Captain (Philadelphia)

Tom Fleischman

Rerecording Mixer

John Fogerty

Song ("Have You Ever Seen The Rain?")

John R Ford

Assistant Property Master

Elizabeth Fowler

Production Assistant

Tak Fujimoto

Director Of Photography

Carl Fullerton

Makeup Creator

Peter Gabriel

Song Performer ("Lovetown")

Peter Gabriel

Song; Song Producer

Timothy Galvin

Art Director

Eileen Garrigan

Scenic Charge Artist

Tracey D Gatewood

Other

Anthony Gentile

Craft Services

Kathleen Gerlach

Assistant Costume Designer

Umberto Giordano

Music ("La Mamma Morta" From The Opera "Andrea Chenier")

Susan Gish

Extras Casting Supervisor

Melissa Givey

Production Assistant

Gary Goetzman

Executive Producer

Gary Goetzman

Song Performer ("All The Way")

Benjamin Goldberg

Production Assistant

Alisa Goldstone

Production Assistant

Lisi Gottlieb

Other

Michele Grant

Key Set Assistant

Frederika Gray

Other

Robert Griffon

Property Master

Anne Gyory

Script Supervisor

Barbara Hand

Song; Song Producer ("Yes Means Yes")

Sandy James Harrer

Set Dresser

Kristie Hart

2nd Assistant Director

Barbara Hendricks

Other

A Scott Hoffman

Medic

Robert Holtzman

On-Set Dresser

Nacy Duvall Horne

Assistant (To Gary Goetzman)

Hein Hoven

Song Producer ("Please Send Me Somenone To Love")

Joanne Howard

Special Thanks

Thomas A Imperato

Production Supervisor

Thomas Imperato

Production Supervisor

Kelly Irvine

2nd Assistant Editor

Andi Isaacs

Accounting Assistant

Anthony Jannelli

Camera Operator

A Dino Johnson

Security Consultant

Daryl Johnson

Song ("Sister Rosa")

Michael Johnson

2nd Assistant Accountant

John R Johnston

Construction Foreman

Cavin Jones

Artwork Provider

Michael Judge

Supervisor

Kate Kelly

Assistant Production Office Coordinator

Lara Kelly

Stage Coordinator

Frank Kern

Foley Editor

Peggy Khoury

Assistant Set Decorator

Eric Kim

Other

Harry B Koplin

Props

Gary Kosko

Assistant Art Director

Paul Kostick

Assistant (To Tom Hanks)

Annette Kudrak

Apprentice Editor

Bruce Langhorne

Special Thanks

Daniel Lanois

Song Producer ("Lovetown")

Frankie Larocka

Song Producer ("Have You Ever Seen The Rain?")

Q Lazzarus

Song Performer ("Heaven")

David Lebe

Artwork Provider

Clayton J Liotta

Steadicam Assistant

Rosemary Lombard

Production Office Coordinator

Bruce Maccallum

B Camera Operator

Dennis Maitland

Boom Operator

Neville Marriner

Music Conductor ("Laudate Dominum" "Agnus Dei" "Dulcissimum Convivium")

Percy Mayfield

Song ("Please Send Me Someone To Love")

John R Mcaleer

Camera Trainee

Kyle Mccarthy

1st Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Craig Mckay

Editor

Nick Meyers

Music Editor

Joseph Miceli

Other

Matt Miller

Rigging Grip

William A Miller

Dolly Grip

Silvija L Moess

Other

Charles Moore

Song ("Sister Rosa")

John F Morrone

Transportation Captain (Philadelphia)

Richard Morse

Song; Song Producer ("Ibo Lele (Dreams Come True)")

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music ("Laudate Dominum" "Agnus Dei" "Non Temer Amato Bene" "Dulcissimum Convivium")

Doug Murray

Rerecordist

Kenneth D Nelson

Construction Coordinator

Cyril Neville Jr.

Song ("Sister Rosa")

Cyril Neville

Song ("Sister Rosa")

Jason Neville

Song ("Sister Rosa")

Lyrica Neville

Song ("Sister Rosa")

Chris Newman

Production Sound Mixer

George Norfleet

Location Assistant

Kevin Nyswaner

Special Thanks

Ron Nyswaner

Screenwriter

Patrick B. O'brien

B Camera Assistant

Edward O'donnell

Transportation Captain

Karen O'hara

Set Decorator

Terry Odem

Assistant (To Tom Hanks)

Steven Overman

Assistant (To Jonathan Demme)

Peter Owen

Wigs

Antonia Ozeroff

Special Thanks

Eliza Paley

Foley Editor

Annie-b Parson

Special Thanks

Suzana Peric

Music Editor

Eugene Pile

Construction Foreman

Janos Pilenyi

Optical Effects Supervisor

Sharon Pinkenson

Special Thanks

Salvatore Pinto

Other

Ronald Plant

Bestboy Grip

Chuck Plotkin

Song Producer ("Streets Of Philadelphia")

Bruce Pross

Foley Supervisor

Dennis Radesky

Transportation Co-Captain

Nic Ratner

Assistant Music Editor

Ken Regan

Still Photographer

Nicholas Renbeck

Apprentice Sound Editor

Edward G Rendell

Special Thanks

Dawn Murphy Riley

Production Assistant

Olimpia T Rinaldi

Production Assistant

Gregory N Rocco

Set Dresser

David Rogow

Assistant Music Editor

Steve Rose

Unit Production Manager

Drew Ann Rosenberg

2nd Assistant Director

Fred Rosenberg

Dialogue Editor

John Rubbo

City Hall Liaison

Anton Sanko

Song Producer ("It'S In Your Eyes")

Edward Saxon

Producer

Steve Scanlon

Sound Recordist

Diane Schaub

Adr Assistant Editor

Jimmy Scott

Special Thanks

Charles Searles

Artwork Provider

Tullio Serafin

Music Conductor ("O Nume Tutelar" From The Opera "La Vestale" "La Mamma Morta" From The Opera "Andrea Chenier" "Ecco: Respiro Appena" From The Opera "Adriana Lecouvreur" "Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana" From The Opera "La Wally")

Steven Shareshian

Production Accountant

Colleen Sharp

Associate Editor

Edna M Sheen

Makeup Artist (For Denzel Washington)

Videos

Movie Clip

Philadelphia (1993) - The Very Fabric Of Our Society The last of the credits and the opening from director and co-producer Jonathan Demme, introducing Tom Hanks in what would be the first of his consecutive Academy Award-winning roles, opposed by Denzel Washington as lawyer Joe Miller, Roberta Maxwell the judge, in Philadelphia, 1993.
Philadelphia (1993) - They Panicked Attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) delivers his opening argument to the jury for his AIDS patient client Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), in his lawsuit against his employers in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia, 1993.
Philadelphia (1993) - Charles Wants To See You Working late at the law office, Andy (Tom Hanks) summoned by colleague Bob (Ron Vawter) to see Wheeler (Jason Robards), head of the firm, Robert Ridgely and Charles Glenn as partners Walter and Kenneth, and being assigned a career-making case, early in Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia, 1993.
Philadelphia (1993) - I Have A Case Attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) isn't convinced that AIDS patient Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), also a lawyer and occasional rival, has a case against his former employers, in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia, 1993.
Smart Woman (1931) - He's In Philadelphia Happily married Nancy (Mary Astor) arriving in New York with her platonic shipboard friend Sir Guy (John Halliday), met not by her husband but by friend Bill (Edward Everett Horton) who, with wife Sally (Ruth Weston) has bad news to deliver, early in Gregory La Cava's Smart Woman, 1931.

Trailer

Hosted Intro

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Medical
Release Date
1993
Production Company
Action Aids Philadelphia; C5, Inc.; Cerrutti 1881 Paris; Childs Gallery Ltd; Coast To Coast Catering, Inc.; Condeso/ Lawler Gallery; Crm Group Inc; Epic Soundtrax; Greater Philadelphia Film Office; Kathy Wickline Casting; Mesirov/ Gelman/ Jaffe/ Cramer & Jamieson; Mike Lemon Casting; Nancy Seltzer & Associates, Inc.; Nba Entertainment, Inc.; Panavision, Ltd.; Paul Cava Gallery; Sande Webster Gallery; Sound One; Speakeasy; Title House, Inc.; Tristar Pictures
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures; Cts; New Line Home Entertainment; Tristar Pictures
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

Award Wins

Best Actor

1993
Tom Hanks

Best Song

1993

Award Nominations

Best Makeup

1993

Best Original Screenplay

1993

Best Song

1993

Articles

Philadelphia


After more than 10 years of dealing with one of the greatest health crises in history, a mainstream Hollywood film finally stepped up to the plate and dealt honestly with the issue of AIDS in director Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia (1993). With a stellar cast that boasted the likes of Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Joanne Woodward, Philadelphia had the pedigree to be a heavy favorite when it came time to hand out Oscars. The popular film did not fail to meet those expectations. Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for his stirring portrayal of a young attorney whose professional and personal life is cut short, while rocker Bruce Springsteen walked off with his first Oscar for Best Song, a haunting ballad entitled "Streets of Philadelphia." It was the first time Springsteen lent his writing talent for a motion picture production.

The film's journey from script to screen was a long, rocky road. At one time under the working title People Like Us, Ron Nyswaner's script went through 25 drafts over a period of five years. Shortly after Nyswaner began writing, Orion Studios, the money tree funding the making of Philadelphia, filed for bankruptcy in December 1991. As a result, the story idea became embroiled in the Chapter 11 proceedings. Ed Saxon, the Oscar-winning producer of Demme's The Silence of the Lambs (1991), had to go through the formality of appearing in bankruptcy court in order to rescue the film project from oblivion.

The arduous road did not get any easier after that. Once word got out that an AIDS-themed film was in the works in Hollywood, members of the film industry and gay activist groups began to anticipate the movie as the first public statement of how mainstream Hollywood would confront AIDS and homophobia. But after the film was completed and released, those same groups began to harshly criticize the film for sugarcoating the reality of living with AIDS. Despite the controversy created by the film, Philadelphia was a moving experience for most audiences and grossed about $77 million in U.S. after its January 1994 wide release.

While Philadelphia certainly generated discussion about social issues, it also served as the unlikely inspiration for a comedy. In the hit 1997 comedy In & Out, Kevin Kline plays a much loved and respected high school drama teacher who has much to celebrate; an impending marriage to fiancee Joan Cusack and professional pride in his former student Matt Dillon, now an Oscar nominee. When Dillon wins the coveted award, he not only thanks his former teacher, but also inadvertently "outs" him on television, forcing Kline to come to terms with his sexuality and his equally perplexed family and friends. Screenwriter Paul Rudnick came up with this very funny premise after Hanks, in his Oscar speech, graciously thanked his former mentor and high school teacher, Rawley Farnsworth, for being the inspiration behind his performance.

Producer: Jonathan Demme; Edward Saxon
Director: Jonathan Demme
Screenplay: Ron Nyswaner
Production Design: Kristi Zea
Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto
Costume Design: Colleen Atwood
Film Editing: Craig McKay
Original Music: Howard Shore
Principal Cast: Tom Hanks (Andrew Beckett), Denzel Washington (Joe Miller), Jason Robards (Charles Wheeler), Mary Steenburgen (Belinda Connie), Antonio Banderas (Miguel Alvarez).
C-126m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.

by Scott McGee

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

After more than 10 years of dealing with one of the greatest health crises in history, a mainstream Hollywood film finally stepped up to the plate and dealt honestly with the issue of AIDS in director Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia (1993). With a stellar cast that boasted the likes of Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Joanne Woodward, Philadelphia had the pedigree to be a heavy favorite when it came time to hand out Oscars. The popular film did not fail to meet those expectations. Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for his stirring portrayal of a young attorney whose professional and personal life is cut short, while rocker Bruce Springsteen walked off with his first Oscar for Best Song, a haunting ballad entitled "Streets of Philadelphia." It was the first time Springsteen lent his writing talent for a motion picture production. The film's journey from script to screen was a long, rocky road. At one time under the working title People Like Us, Ron Nyswaner's script went through 25 drafts over a period of five years. Shortly after Nyswaner began writing, Orion Studios, the money tree funding the making of Philadelphia, filed for bankruptcy in December 1991. As a result, the story idea became embroiled in the Chapter 11 proceedings. Ed Saxon, the Oscar-winning producer of Demme's The Silence of the Lambs (1991), had to go through the formality of appearing in bankruptcy court in order to rescue the film project from oblivion. The arduous road did not get any easier after that. Once word got out that an AIDS-themed film was in the works in Hollywood, members of the film industry and gay activist groups began to anticipate the movie as the first public statement of how mainstream Hollywood would confront AIDS and homophobia. But after the film was completed and released, those same groups began to harshly criticize the film for sugarcoating the reality of living with AIDS. Despite the controversy created by the film, Philadelphia was a moving experience for most audiences and grossed about $77 million in U.S. after its January 1994 wide release. While Philadelphia certainly generated discussion about social issues, it also served as the unlikely inspiration for a comedy. In the hit 1997 comedy In & Out, Kevin Kline plays a much loved and respected high school drama teacher who has much to celebrate; an impending marriage to fiancee Joan Cusack and professional pride in his former student Matt Dillon, now an Oscar nominee. When Dillon wins the coveted award, he not only thanks his former teacher, but also inadvertently "outs" him on television, forcing Kline to come to terms with his sexuality and his equally perplexed family and friends. Screenwriter Paul Rudnick came up with this very funny premise after Hanks, in his Oscar speech, graciously thanked his former mentor and high school teacher, Rawley Farnsworth, for being the inspiration behind his performance. Producer: Jonathan Demme; Edward Saxon Director: Jonathan Demme Screenplay: Ron Nyswaner Production Design: Kristi Zea Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto Costume Design: Colleen Atwood Film Editing: Craig McKay Original Music: Howard Shore Principal Cast: Tom Hanks (Andrew Beckett), Denzel Washington (Joe Miller), Jason Robards (Charles Wheeler), Mary Steenburgen (Belinda Connie), Antonio Banderas (Miguel Alvarez). C-126m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. by Scott McGee

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Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 1994 British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Tom Hanks received the Silver Bear Award for best actor at the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival.

Completed shooting February 4, 1993.

Began shooting October 20, 1992.

Released in United States Winter December 22, 1993

Limited Release in United States December 22, 1993 (New York City and Los Angeles)

Expanded Release in United States January 14, 1994

Expanded Release in United States January 21, 1994

Expanded Release in United States January 28, 1994

Released in United States on Video June 29, 1994

Released in United States February 1994 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 10-21, 1994.)

Ron Nyswaner was nominated for best original screenplay (1993) by the Writers Guild of America.

Released in United States Winter December 22, 1993

Limited Release in United States December 22, 1993

Expanded Release in United States January 14, 1994

Expanded Release in United States January 21, 1994

Expanded Release in United States January 28, 1994

Released in United States on Video June 29, 1994

Released in United States February 1994

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 10-21, 1994.

On January 31, 1994, the estate and family of Geoffrey Bowers commenced an action in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Hollywood producer Scott Rudin, TriStar Pictures, and the creators of "Philadelphia," maintaining that the film was substantially based on information provided by the plaintiffs under an agreement for acknowledgment and compensation that was dishonored. The plaintiffs asked for damages of no less than $10 millions. Bowers died of AIDS-related causes on September 30, 1987 at age 33. On March 19, 1996, TriStar Pictures reached a mid-seven-figure settlement with the Bowers family.