Milk

Milk

Milk

Filmed on location in San Francisco, Milk is Gus Van Sant's account of the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the USA, who was assassinated by another politician. Sean Penn (in an Oscar winning performance) plays the titular character Harvey Milk, with Josh Brolin and Emile Hersch slotting into the other main roles. Harvey Milk's life has been the subject of an Oscar winning documentary, but this is the first time his story has been fictionalised. It should be accurate however, with many of his friends and colleagues appearing on camera.

Best Actor for Sean Penn and Best Original Screenplay - Academy Awards 2009.
2008Rating: M, contains offensive language & sexual references128 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Gus Van Sant ('Paranoid Park', 'Last Days', 'Elephant', 'Good Will Hunting')
Writer:
Dustin Lance Black
Cast:
Sean PennJosh BrolinEmile HirschJames FrancoDiego LunaBrandon Boyce
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to. He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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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 conventional than compelling.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Milk thoroughly deserves all of the press ink that will doubtless be spilt over it. Wear your 'Vote Penn' Oscar pin with pride.

4.0
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the acting and directing was undoubtably good. However, the telling of an historic shift in public policy and attitude was undermined by excessive flaunting of homosexual exhibitionists. An opportunity lost.

3.0
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I thought this was brilliantly acted and Sean deserved his award at the oscars. Loved how it was told and how strong the cast where,

5.0
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ITS ARTSY WITHOUT BEING BORING, DEEP WITHOUT BEING OBVIOUS, ENDEARING WITHOUT BEING IN YOUR FACE. THIS FILM IS AWESOME ALL THE LINKS ARE CONNECTED, FROM ACTING, TO SCREENPLAY IT ALL WORKS. IT WILL BE THOSE FILMS THAT STUDENTS WILL STUDY IN ENGLISH. AMAZING!

5.0
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A wonderfully executed and moving story - two thumbs up to all involved!

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to. He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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 conventional than compelling.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Milk thoroughly deserves all of the press ink that will doubtless be spilt over it. Wear your 'Vote Penn' Oscar pin with pride.

4.0
0

the acting and directing was undoubtably good. However, the telling of an historic shift in public policy and attitude was undermined by excessive flaunting of homosexual exhibitionists. An opportunity lost.

3.0
0

I thought this was brilliantly acted and Sean deserved his award at the oscars. Loved how it was told and how strong the cast where,

5.0
0

ITS ARTSY WITHOUT BEING BORING, DEEP WITHOUT BEING OBVIOUS, ENDEARING WITHOUT BEING IN YOUR FACE. THIS FILM IS AWESOME ALL THE LINKS ARE CONNECTED, FROM ACTING, TO SCREENPLAY IT ALL WORKS. IT WILL BE THOSE FILMS THAT STUDENTS WILL STUDY IN ENGLISH. AMAZING!

5.0
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A wonderfully executed and moving story - two thumbs up to all involved!

5.0
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