Milk (2008)

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  • Trailer 1
  • Clip: This is the most wonderful dinner I have ever had.

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. During the last eight years of his life, while living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, he and his lover Scott Smith relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood. Then, with support from Scott and from new friends like young activist Cleve Jones, Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk's actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. When Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5, he tries to coordinate his efforts with those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White. But as White and Milk's political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge.

Cast

  • Sean Penn
  • Emile Hirsch
  • Josh Brolin
  • Diego Luna
  • James Franco
  • Alison Pill
  • Victor Garber
  • Denis O'Hare
  • Joseph Cross
  • Stephen Spinella

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • When Gus Van Sant was planning a biopic of Milk in the early 90's he offered the part of Cleve Jones to River Phoenix, who he had just worked with on My Own Private Idaho (1991).
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Goofs

  • Scott swims underwater in David Goodstein's pool. In the next shot, his head is out of the water, but his frizzy hair is dry.
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Quotes

    • [from trailer]
    • Harvey Milk: All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words.
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Metacritic

90

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

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
90

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.

Metacritic review by Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
NPR
100

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.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone