Mommies Dearest: Mothers and Gay Sons on Film
BY Advocate.com Editors
January 16 2014 9:00 AM ET UPDATED: January 16 2014 12:23 PM ET
In Philadelphia, one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to deal with AIDS, Joanne Woodward plays Sarah Beckett, the super-supportive mom anyone would dream of having. As her gay son, Andrew (Tom Hanks), makes plans to sue the law firm that fired him for having AIDS, she says, "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, OK?" Toward the end of the film, as Andrew lies dying in the hospital, her parting words are "Good night, my angel. My sweet boy."
See Wooward and Hanks in a crushingly sad clip below: