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The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

Starring:
Denis O'Hare, Diego Luna
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Milk

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Denis O'Hare, Diego Luna, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Sean Penn, Alison Pill
Director Gus Van Sant
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 8 June 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Denis O'Hare, Diego Luna, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Sean Penn, Alison Pill
Director Gus Van Sant
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 8 June 2009
Main languages English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Blu on 7 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The only negative things that I would say about "Milk" are that neither sound nor vision leave you feeling that the DVD would not have been enough; although hearing "Queen Bitch" in HD audio quality was much appreciated! That aside we are dealing with a fantastic acting performance from Sean Penn, who seems to have studied the documentaries and found a way to be a Harvey Milk that is true to the real-life man without being a mere impersonation. Van Sant is a great director and he has everything on a tight leash here. The tempo of the film, the dialogue and the cinematographic construction of scenes show a master's touch. Penn is also surrounded by good performances, not least from Brolin as his eventual nemesis. In many ways the film is short on drama, since we know historically what he will achieve, and the film's opening makes it clear how it will end. But it is the sign of a good film when this doesn't matter, and it never matters here.

During the credits there is a nice montage sequence of footage showing the characters followed by their real-life originals. The film is by turns funny, witty, touching and powerful. I recommend it very strongly, but unless you are a Blu-Ray nut (and maybe even then) the DVD might be the wiser choice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By 2cleverbyhalf on 17 April 2009
Format: DVD
I really didn't know much about the real story of Mr Milk.. which meant I was really, really shocked by the ending (I imagined he'd been murdered by some lone nutcase).

But I was even more shocked by how much I enjoyed Milk. It's great fun, Penn does a fantastic job (for once an Oscar worth giving) and manages to get across a charming fella with a few flaws but a lust for life that you can imagine was highly infectious to those around him.

In fact, it's a pretty flawless film all round. Which, given that it's about the life and times of an American gay politician 30 years ago.. is all the more astounding. Great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
An interesting biopic charting the last few years of Harvey Milk's life, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America. Van Sant has paid an enormous attention to detail with the whole San Francisco 1970's setting. Excerpts of original television footage are interspersed and fit into the film seamlessly; it all looks very authentic.
Penn and Brolin are both excellent, all the performances are great and whilst I can understand some people feeling underwhelmed at the pacing of the film and the focus on Milk's personal life, it all seemed important as a whole to flesh out the narrative of events and highlight Milk's personality and what drove him.
It's quite shocking to watch the series of events in this film, how such bigotry was enshrined in legislation, and one cant help but ponder on the parallels today around the world and how little has actually changed in some respects. It is given away at the start how the story of Milk ends and I found it interesting a remark Milk made during the film as to the question mark over his eventual killers 'real status' reminiscent of events in 'American Beauty'
Harvey Milk must have been a very charasmatic individual, certainly a persistent and brave man. A good story that should be better known
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Fiendish D on 20 May 2009
Format: DVD
If you haven't seen this movie, you should watch it. When you have, you'll simply know it's worth buying the dvd.

I'll try not to repeat things already said by the other reviewers...

I just wanted to say that this movie tells the true story of a man who really changed things for one of the most historically discriminated kind of human beings (probably only second to women)...
And it does tell this story truthfully and respectfully. I imagine Gus Van Sant and the script writer must have known Milk's story very well, and after watching the documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" I suspect that might've been one of the major sources for transcribing original speeches actually told by Harvey Milk when he was alive.
Anyway the film transpires passion. I truly believe all the actors, the writer, the director put their heart into doing this. You can feel it.

I cried twice throughout the movie the first time I saw it.
I think it changed me in some way. Made me feel like it's my own responsibility to stand up and speak up for my own rights. Made me feel like it's not just a common place but a truth that things can change if you try hard and don't give up at the first difficulties.

However this movie is not only beautiful for the power of its message: it is solidly and elegantly directed, the photography is very good, the actors are great (Sean Penn here deserved at least a Nobel Prize and Emile Hirsh is superb, but all the cast is absolutely convincing).
There is not a weak scene in the whole movie, it flows smoothly, it's perfectly balanced. It goes from triumphant to intimate, from whisper to screaming crowd. It has some really memorable shots as well. To cut it short, it has everything you ask from a masterpiece.

Please watch it, you'll love it, I guarantee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
Apart from the Oscar buzz surrounding this film I wasn't really aware of the life and career of Harvey Milk prior to watching this film. It's an incredibly well-made biopic by indie director Gus Van Sant and Sean Penn's central performance certainly was worthy of the Oscar he won. The thing which really stood out for me was the way in which Van Sant made the film look as though it was actually taken from the 1970s as it had a convincing grainy quality and faded colour worthy of the decade.

As well as charting Milk's rise to power and his eventual assassination it also questions the nature of prejudice in the US. It's a film which will make you think deeply about a whole range of issues. A great film, brilliantly acted by all of the cast members and well worth a watch.
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