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Milk (2008) Movie Information

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619

Avg. Rating:

2.95/4

# of Ratings:

267

Genres:

Drama, Historical

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/26/2008

DVD Release:

03/10/2009

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Actors:

Josh Brolin
Sean Penn
Emile Hirsch
James Franco
Diego Luna
Alison Pill

 

 

 

 

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Explores the life and career of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay man elected to public office in 1977 as a member San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 03/15/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Explores the life and career of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay man elected to public office in 1977 as a member San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. The acting, the writing and the story is what makes this movie great in many ways.

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Lauren 08/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Very interesting. I really liked this movie. It portrayed Harvey Milk really well.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

I absolutely loved it! Sean Penn gives the best performance of his career. He truly steps into the character and completely deserved his Oscar. Great cast. There were a few minor missteps here and there, particularly with some of the character development, but that does not hold this film back from being one of the absolute best films of 2008.

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  Amyaronson
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07/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Milk

I was expected Milk to be kind of annoying. Now, I love me some gay rights, but I thought this would be so preachy and Sean-Penn-y and self-important. It kind of was, but goshdarnit, Sean Penn is such a good actor. It was inspiring and I loved the style and screenplay structure. I REALLY felt like I was in SF in the 70s. I visited the Castro District while on Spring Break and went inside Castro Camera (which is now a gift shop called Given). Being in this neighborhood really helped me to understand just how revolutionary and important and brave Harvey Milk was. Regardless of your feelings towards gay rights and gay marriage, please use Harvey Milk as a role model for anything you believe in.

The only thing I didn't like was imagining what happened after the Sean Penn/Emile Hirsch scen...

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3/4 

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  Ichabod Crane
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01/25/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Glossy portrait of political figure.

Its very easy to hear a lot about how "important" this film is but no one really says anything on what makes it good. They might say the acting is so good but I felt most actually played stereotypes including Penn. If you look at the real footage their impersonations actually aren't that good they either over play like Penn, or their not quite right like Brolin. Some might find it interesting and that would the only reason they would like it. i just did not find it that compelling. Nor did it really make any firm arguments and it really failed to elaborate on many things. It showed Milk in a positive light no matter what. That really is the problem with many biopics there either make the person out to be complete sludge like in Nixon or they make them so glossy it is surprising they don...

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2/4 

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  kcvidkid
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12/16/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Take a big drink of "Milk"

I'm a bad gay in that I'm not real familiar with the history of my kind. In fact, before I saw "Milk", I never imagined that Castro Street was ever anything but the gay mecca that it is today. Stonewall, sure; I've read about the uprising in New York. But I did not know that as recently as 30 years ago, homosexuals were emotionally persecuted, even in San Francisco.

So on one hand, "Milk" was a necessary history lesson for me. But on the other, it was a very moving story about an interestingly charismatic man who met an untimely end. Sean Penn completely transforms into Harvey Milk; his performance is amazing. I think even the most homophobic people (even though they won't see this movie) would find sympathy in Penn/Milk.

What attracted to me the character was not the focal ...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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