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Filmmakers Settle ‘Philadelphia’ Suit

Wed., March 20, 1996

The makers of the movie “Philadelphia” acknowledged Tuesday that the film “was inspired in part by” the story of a New York lawyer who was dismissed after his employer discovered he had AIDS.

The acknowledgment came in a statement announcing a settlement after five days of testimony in a lawsuit against Tri-Star Pictures brought by the family of the lawyer, Geoffrey Bowers, who died in 1987 before winning a discrimination case against his former employer, Baker & McKenzie. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The studio had previously maintained that the 1993 movie was a work of fiction.


 
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