Milk

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Anchored by Sean Penn's powerhouse performance, Milk is a triumphant account of America's first openly gay man elected to public office.

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In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with Milk determined to accomplish something meaningful in his life. Settling in the Castro District, he opens a camera shop and helps transform the area into a mecca for gays and lesbians. In 1977 he becomes the nation's first openly gay man elected to a notable public office when he wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The following year, Dan White (Josh Brolin) kills Milk in cold blood.

Cast & Crew

Sean Penn
Harvey Milk
Emile Hirsch
Cleve Jones
Diego Luna
Jack Lira
James Franco
Scott Smith
Alison Pill
Anne Kronenberg
Victor Garber
Mayor Moscone
Denis O'Hare
John Briggs
Joseph Cross
Dick Pabich
Dan Jinks
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Michael London
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Dustin Lance Black
Executive Producer
Bruna Papandrea
Executive Producer
Barbara Hall
Executive Producer
William Horberg
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Harris Savides
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Critic Reviews for Milk

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  • Dec 20, 2013
    Sean Penn delivers a very fitting tribute to a gay pathfinder in Harvey Milk. The story in its full richness comes out. James Franco and Josh Brolin are also fantastic in supporting roles. A great memory of a great man.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    a valiant case study of a protagonist of the gay civil rights movement. Penn shows another branch of his highly interchangable talent
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2013
    A touching and engaging biopic driven by an incredibly charismatic and charming performance by Sean Penn, Milk succeeds in nearly every department. Aside from Sean Penn, a number of other actors give very convincing performances, namely Josh Brolin, James Franco, and Diego Luna. The movie is surprisingly cheery for much of the run time, mainly due to the vivid colors used and Sean Penn's warm and friendly demeanor as Harvey Milk. A genuinely wonderful movie documenting the life of Harvey Milk, Milk is yet another triumph for director Gus Van Sant and ranks among his best works.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Great film with strong performances by the entire cast. An important part of American history that is under-reported to the general public. Any American interested in civil rights should see this film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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