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Milk

Release Date: November 26th, 2008

DVD Release Date: March 10th, 2009

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

Production Co: Jinks/Cohen Company, Groundswell Productions

Keywords: Emotional, New York City, Transformation, Rise, Moving, Police officer, Deception, 1970s, Engaging

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film is superbly crafted, covering huge amounts of time, people and the zeitgeist without a moment of lapsed energy or inattention to detail. show more

  • 90
    Bob MondelloNPR

    What sets this film entertainingly apart from most civil-rights sagas, though, are a slew of relaxed, offhandedly persuasive performances, along with the flamboyance of hippie-era San Francisco. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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

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Awards

Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Picture