|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Diego Luna, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare|
|Director:||Gus Van Sant|
|Collections:||100 Most Wanted, Political Thrillers, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 8 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Jun 2009|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk; California's first openly gay elected official. Milk was assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.
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Great honesty makes change happen?By ThePagan (9 reviews) from WORTHING , 26 Jan 2009
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A continuation of Gus Van Sant's series of films with subjects around fatal shootings. This one is covering a period of time when gay men organised politically to gain greater acknowledgement from those living around them and how this lead to the first openly gay official becoming elected in the United States of America.
This film shows with clarity, the pain and suffering caused by standing for office and doesn't make the main protaganist out to be any kind of saint... very refreshing.
The actors, of all gender and sexuality roles portray their humanity well and don't shy from complexity.
The camera work is fine and if you get the chance this film works very well on the big screen.
Gus Van Sant is more than able to handle the structure of the narrative, which does maintain Penn/Milk's engaging central role throughout the film.
I can't critise Sean Penn in this movie, he brings life back to Harvey Milk, and his performance allows the audience to fully engage with Harvey even though we're preparing for the inevitably tragic end.
This film does take it's time to apreciate Harvey Milk and all those around him, being a tribute with out emotional manipulation or schmaltz. I would have liked to know Harvey Milk. Living in hamlet in the UK, I never heard his message of hope when I was young, I do remember his death being reported as a young man. This film brought me his message of hope, anger and a willingness to accept change, even force it when needed.
In these days the politics of hope are refreshingly brought to the fore in this film. Let's hope that this work will help to dispel any undeserved cynicism about some activists motivation.
OverallI found this film a real joy, despite the painful journey, plenty of tears and my need to have a resolution I new impossible as Milk dies too young.
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A wonderful masterpiece in film.By Tomdavid95 (5 reviews) , 22 Sep 2013This film is just beautiful. It is SO well acted. I would give this five stars because frankly it couldn't be improved - although it couldn't be changed anyway, it is a true story! The film is certainly more than worth watching. Sean Penn is the best actor that could possibly have been chosen - and James Franco does a damn fine job too. The dramatic, true story of Harvey Milk - the first openly gay elected politician in San Francisco... A wonderful bit of filmography.
one to watchBy timm3049 (6 reviews) , 17 Sep 2013Excellent film well worth watching and one to buy for the dvd collection. Great acting and the story line is good and true
a little ahead of itself story line wise.By a customer , 26 Jun 2013Loved the performances in the film. However, felt like the story was taking advantage of viewers that knew the background story and patronised those that didn't. Felt the film skipped alot of important details, as the story didnt quite connect.
Good film, inspiring guy...By TonySoprano (5 reviews) , 25 Jun 2013Thought it was a good film. Once I wikipedia'd Harvey Milk during the film I got a bit more attached to it. Thought Sean Penn overacted though.
A great film for a truly great manBy xxamukxx (21 reviews) from Greenhithe , 10 Feb 2013I totally love this film and was totally fitting in documenting such an important man in history. I really felt so drawn in by the film and felt like i have actually witness history in the making for myself. A great cast and wonderfully directed. I really like the extra features and how they have worked with some of the actual people who were there at the time and had some appear in the film. I couldn't help but feel emotional in different ways watching the film. This for me is one to add to my Blu Ray collection (and that doesn't happen often)!