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When a famous person, like the nation's first openly gay male city supervisor, inspires an acclaimed book (The Mayor of Castro Street) and Oscar-winning documentary (The Times of Harvey Milk), a biopic can seem superfluous at best. Taking over from Oliver Stone and Bryan Singer, Gus Van Sant, whose previous picture was the more experimental Paranoid Park, directs with such grace, he renders the concern moot. Unlike Randy Shilts' biography, which begins at the beginning, Dustin Lance Black's script starts in 1972, just as Milk (Sean Penn, in a finely-wrought performance) and his boyfriend, Scott (James Franco, equally good), move from New York to San Francisco. Milk opens a camera shop on the Castro that becomes a safe haven for victims of discrimination, convincing him to enter politics. With each race he runs, Harvey's relationship with Scott unravels further. Finally, he wins, and the real battle begins as Milk takes on Proposition 6, which denies equal rights to homosexuals. He does what he can to rally politicians, like George Moscone (Victor Garber) and Dan White (Josh Brolin). While the mayor is willing, the conservative board member has reservations, and after Milk fails to back one of White’s pet projects, the die is cast, leading to the murder of two beloved figures. If Van Sant’s film captures Harvey in all his complexities (he was, for instance, a very funny man), Milk also serves as an enticement to grass-roots activism, showing how one regular guy elevated everyone around him, notably Cleve Jones (Emile Hirsch), the ex-street hustler who created the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial. Released in the wake of Proposition 8, California’s anti-gay marriage amendment, Milk is inspirational in the best way: one person can and did make a difference, but the struggle is far from over. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Although the message is loud and clear, it is not a movie that everyone would be comfortable watching. There are many scenes in the film with men kissing other men, and there is also mature theme, profane language, violence, and disturbing images. However the film strongly, and successfully gets their point across with (hopefully) a lesson learned at the end of the film. So for that, I give the film 5/5 stars.
The only thing I can say is BUY IT , it is worth every pennies you will pay for.
Remember that it is thanks to people like ''MILK'' that the gay community
has evolved and gave us better POSITIVE acceptance from our fellow man and women.
FREEDOM is a precious gift, do not waist it
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Everything about this order can be placed in 1 word: PERFECT!Published on Sept. 15 2014 by Charlie Steel
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I am gay. I am not really into the scene, but I am proud we as a community are where we are. This man is a large part of why. Thanks for helping to pave the way.Published on Aug. 27 2013 by Shaun Courtney
Being a movie collector I am very fussy which I order usually from seeing previews. I enjoy watching the many hours of entertainment.Published on May 29 2013 by Sharon Johnson
Milk is a story of strength, courage and perseverance that leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful every time I watch it. Easily earns its 5 stars!Published on March 6 2011 by Summer_Nights