Jan 30, 2009 · Milk: Directed by Gus Van Sant. With Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna. The story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
- Chris Knipp
- Gus Van Sant
Milk surfaces in a season filled with movies based on real lives, but this is the first one that inspires a sense of intimacy with its subjects."  A. O. Scott of The New York Times called Milk , "A Marvel", and wrote the film "is a fascinating, multi-layered history lesson.
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Milk starring Sean Penn is an important movie that covers not only the rise of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk but the fight for gay rights. The film portrays Milk as someone drawn into politics by the discrimination he faced. That went from street activism to joining politics. It wasn’t a meteoric rise either.
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 ...
- Lgbtq+, Biography, Drama
Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant directs Academy Award winner Sean Penn as real-life gay-rights icon Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America. In 1977, he was voted to the city supervisors' board of San Francisco. The following year, both he and the city's mayor George Moscone were shot to death by another city supervisor, Dan White.