DVD - 2009
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His life changed history. His courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. His election makes him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blamed his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Based on the inspiring true story of Harvey Milk.


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Oct 05, 2017

I found it painfully hard to get into this film. I shut it off & feel I avoided losing 2 hours I wouldn't otherwise get back.

Jun 03, 2016

Interesting story but a bit boring as a movie.

Nov 25, 2015

awesome movie !

Aug 10, 2015

I love this movie. I am a proud supporter for Gay rights. There is nothing wrong with being gay. Gay people are no different then straight people.We are all the same

Jul 23, 2015

Acted like an activist, Harvey Milk fighted for rights of homosexual in the civil society.

May 12, 2015

Had seen it years ago. A classic. Should be shown to high school social studies classes.

Catmamakim May 02, 2015

Surprisingly enjoyable to watch. A bit long but inspirational, amusing, touching, and sad. I expected alot less. Would definately recommend.

Jan 29, 2015

Harvey Milk was a mild-mannered Jewish insurance salesman from New York who went on to become the first openly homosexual American to hold public office when he was elected to the San Francisco board of Supervisors. In doing so he not only advanced the cause of equality (both gay and non-gay) but also raised the ire of religious bigots and their uber-conservative mouthpieces, Anita Bryant and John Briggs. You can’t justify the unjustifiable armed with nothing but hatred and a few bible quotes however and the attempts of the fledgling moral majority to consign gays to the back of the bus only served to galvanize the community further. Sadly, his career came to a sudden end when fellow Supervisor Dan White, a troubled man with an inferiority complex the size of California, murdered him, along with Mayor George Moscone. Van Sant eschews his usual enigmatic approach and presents us with a straightforward, beautifully polished story told in one continuous flashback as Harvey sits at his kitchen table recording his memoirs “in case of assassination”. Through the seamless use of archival footage, incidental music, and vintage clothing he manages to evoke a sense of time and place, which, while remaining authentic to the era, conveys a sense of immediacy that hasn’t dimmed in 30 years. Sean Penn gives what could well be his greatest performance to date, aided in large part by a tremendous supporting cast, most notably Josh Brolin’s passionate portrayal of the cowardly White. Milk is an inspiring testament to the life of a great visionary, delivered with the force of a classical tragedy and made all the more moving by the fact he was an actual person. Essential viewing.

Dec 27, 2013

This is a good a biopic as I have ever seen. Sean Penn is fantastic. A previous commenter made mention of Milk's ties to Jim Jones. Let's be clear that their association pre-dated the overtly cultish activities of Jones, who in his early San Francisco years was mostly known as a preacher whose congregation was racially integrated - very unusual at that time. Milk didn't know him well, and this was years before Jones really went off the rails, and many years before Jonestown. A side issue.. but everything does have a context, and there's no way that Harvey Milk was responsible for the tragedy at Jonestown.

JCLBeckyC Sep 14, 2013

Great acting. Sean Penn's portrayal of Harvey Milk is phenomenal, but I also liked the supporting actors, especially James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Made me want to find a time machine so I could move to San Francisco in the late 70s.

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nadian Dec 29, 2009

Sexual Content: Sexual language and homosexual sexual content.

nadian Dec 29, 2009

Violence: Scenes of violence concerning protests and attacks.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 19, 2009

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nadian Dec 29, 2009

How do you teach homosexuality? Is it like French?


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