Sunday, May 3, 2020

If Only It Were Like In The Movies

I saw the 1993 movie Philadelphia this past week. Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a lawyer named Andrew Beckett with AIDS who sued his law firm for discrimination after they fired him.  Set in the 1980's the movie is loosely based on a real case. Hanks well deserved his Oscar. Denzel Washington and Antonio Banderas among others gave powerful performances as well. Bruce Springsteen won and Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The movie was the first mainstream film to address the AIDS crisis and it did so in a moving  manner. In the end justice prevailed and Beckett was awarded in excess of $4 million.
It's that every now and again - not often, but occasionally - you get to be a part of justice being done. That really is quite a thrill when that happens.
-- Andrew Beckett (played by Tom Hanks)
Unfortunately, like many such  stories, real or fictional, the movie made the injustice committed against me all the harder to bear. Although Beckett was in the right, his case was weak. His evidence open to interpretation. My case is strong and for many of the crimes committed against me the evidence is simply indisputable.

If only justice in real life worked like it does in the movies.

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