PhiladelphiaDVD - 1993
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Andrew Beckett: [while lying on a hospital bed] What do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean?
Joe Miller: [amused,sitting next to him on the hospital bed] I don't know.
Andrew Beckett: A good start.
(a young man in a jersey approaches the prosecutor on a high-profile AIDS discrimination case in a pharmacy)
"How's the trial going?"
"It's a great case. I saw you on TV. I'm a law student at Penn State."
"It's a good school, Penn. What year are you in?"
"Second. I just wanted to tell you this case is tremendously important. I just wanted to let you know you're doing a fantastic job."
"When you graduate, you give me a call."
"Thank you very much, would you like to have a drink with me? I just finished a game and could really use a beer."
"No, I can't. My wife's waiting for me."
"I don't usually pick up people in drug stores everyday."
"You think I'm gay?"
"What's the matter with you? Do I look gay to you?"
"Do I look gay to you?"
"What do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean?"
"A good start."
"Well, I didn't raise my kids to sit in the back of the bus. You get in there and you fight for your rights, okay?"
"In this courtroom, Mr. Miller, justice is blind to matters of race, creed, color, religion, and sexual orientation."
"With all due respect, your honour, we don't live in this courtroom, do we?"
"We're standing here in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, the birthplace of freedom, where the founding fathers authored the Declaration of Independence, and I don't recall that glorious document saying anything about all straight men are created equal. I believe it says all men are created equal."
"Have you ever felt discriminated against at Wyatt Wheeler?"
"In what way?"
"Well, Mr. Wheeler's secretary, Lydia, said that Mr. Wheeler had a problem with my earrings."
"Apparently Mr. Wheeler felt that they were too . . . 'Ethnic' is the word she used. And she told me that he said that he would like it if I wore something a little less garish, a little smaller, and more 'American.'"
"What'd you say?"
"I said my earrings are American. They're African-American."
"Subsequent decisions have held that AIDS is protected as a handicap under law, not only because of the physical limitations it imposes, but because the prejudice surrounding AIDS exacts a social death which precede... which precedes the physical one."
"Sir, wouldn't you be more comfortable in a study room?"
"No. Would it make you more comfortable?"
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