Milk

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Released 2009

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Director:
Gus Van Sant
Released:
2009
Rating:
R

Milk is the critically acclaimed tale of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), gay rights activist and California's first openly gay elected official. Milk and his partner Scott Smith (James Franco) move from New York to San Francisco's Castro District in search of greater acceptance of their lifestyle. When he still encounters opposition to his way of life, Milk becomes one of San Francisco's most outspoken gay activists. His activism soon paves the way for a succession of political campaigns, with his third resulting in his election to the office of city supervisor. Once in office, Milk faces opposition from all sides, including fellow supervisor Dan White (Josh Brolin). Gus Van Sant brings the true life story of Harvey Milk to the big screen in brilliant detail, with an unforgettable performance by Sean Penn. Milk is a fitting tribute to Harvey Milk's extraordinary rise to power and the events of his remarkable political career.

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  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Harvey Milk was an intriguing, inspiring figure. Milk is a marvel.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Brolin's work is superlatively expressive of the inchoate impulses roiling inside his sorry character. But good as most of the cast is, the show belongs squarely to Penn.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    There's nothing terribly wrong with Milk, it's just that its celebration of a culture and a neighborhood, its valentine to the early days of gay rights activism, is mostly more con...

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