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R| 2 hr. 8 min.

Plot Summary
In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with Milk determined to accomplish something meaningful in his life. Settling in the Castro District, he opens a camera shop and helps transform the area into a mecca for gays and lesbians. In 1977 he becomes the nation's first openly gay man elected to a notable public office when he wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The following year, Dan White (Josh Brolin) kills Milk in cold blood.

Cast: Sean Penn , Emile Hirsch , Josh Brolin , Diego Luna , James Franco , Alison Pill , Victor Garber , Denis O'Hare

Director: Gus Van Sant

Genres: Biography, Drama

Distributor: Focus Features

Milk (2008)

Release Date: November 26th, 2008|2 hr. 8 min.

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  • It's a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Harvey did. If there's a better movie around this year, with more bristling purpose, I sure as hell haven't seen it. show more

  • More than acting, though, Penn's performance is a marvelous act of empathy in a movie that, for all its surprisingly conventional style, measures up to its stirring subject. show more

  • For its mesmerizing first two-thirds, Van Sant keeps the film tightly focused on his subject, superbly played by Penn and intimately shot, home-movie style, by Harris Savides. But when the director pulls back to detail Harvey Milk's fight against gay backlash, Milk gets derailed. And - dare I say it? - didactic. show more

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  • March 05, 2011 TMarie1188
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    Ferniedog2u I 100% agree with you on what you had to say. People who stand out are more remembered than the ones who don't. Harvey Milk had a voice and he used it to stand up to every one, to fight for what he believed in and went place no one thought homosexuals should go or could go. This movie showed and proved that homosexuals are just like every one else just with a different sexual preference. It's sad that he dies in the end but he died standing up for what he believed in. It's because of people like him that give us courage to stand up for things we believe in. Sean Penn is a terrific actor and he did excellent in this movie. It is sad that people didn't like it, but I guess that just means they don't have feelings. And mikemo34 you said it so well. It is sad how F***ed this country is but Homosexuals should get the same respect as the rest of the population does. No one deserves to be treated badly just because they have a different sexual preference than you. And another thing Homosexuals are even sometimes, no make that a lot of times even nicer than most people are, so we need to treat them with respect just like you would any one else you care about or are friends with.

  • December 25, 2010 Jeanne
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    Sean Penn was amazing. The movie was excellent. Must see!

  • June 19, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Very well done movie, but over-rated. Homosexuals get a raw deal in most countries, severely so in Muslim countries. This film exploits that theme.

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