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Milk (DVD, 2009)
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MILK is director Gus Van Sant's riveting biopic about slain gay rights activist and San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk. Based on the politically resonant and thoroughly...Read more
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This very touching movie is Sean Penn at his best. Harvey Milk was the Martin Luther King to the Gay right movement, In fact it is amazing that add i to MLK and you get MILK. ...Read more
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MILK is director Gus Van Sant's riveting biopic about slain gay rights activist and San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk. Based on the politically resonant and thoroughly timely screenplay of documentarian Dustin Lance Black, Van Sant follows the arc of Milk's political awakening, from closeted Brooklyn insurance executive to doyen of San Francisco's Castro district's burgeoning gay mecca in the 1970s. Sean Penn portrays the film's hero, melting into the role with an affable flamboyance that is both spirited and eminently engaging. James Franco plays opposite Penn as Milk's supportive and easygoing boyfriend, Scott Smith. The couple's cheerful and loving rapport lends buoyancy to the film's overall message of hope as Milk ascends from grassroots community organizer to a galvanizing figurehead in the push for gay civil liberties. When Moral Majority crusader Anita Bryant forms an initiative to root out gay teachers and their supporters from public schools (Proposition 6), Milk is pitted in a bitter battle against fellow City Hall supervisor Dan White, played by Josh Brolin. While Van Sant does not deviate from the expository conventions that have defined other biopics, MILK sticks to biographically pertinent details that serve the film's underlying message of one man's idealism and conviction in the face of repression and bigotry., Shot on location in San Francisco, this biopic from director Gus Van Sant explores the life of Harvey Milk. Oscar winner Sean Penn stars as the gay activist who broke barriers by becoming the first openly gay man to win an election for public office in America. MILK also stars Emile Hirsch (INTO THE WILD), Josh Brolin (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), Diego Luna (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN), and James Franco (SPIDER-MAN).


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Number of Discs:1
Rating:R (MPAA)
Film Country:USA
UPC:025195048972


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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

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Director:Gus Van Sant
Leading Role:Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin
eBay Product ID: EPID71871841

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"[T]he filmmakers have crucially infused the story with qualities in very short supply today -- gentleness and a humane embrace of all its characters..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (11/03/2008)

4 stars out of 4 -- "It's a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Harvey did."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (11/27/2008)

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "MILK has one of the finest ensemble casts this year and a magnificent, career-topping performance by Sean Penn, who disappears into the title role."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (11/25/2008)

"Penn, as we've come to expect, is extremely persuasive as someone with a different, more offbeat kind of charisma than many of his previous screen roles....Franco is a nice match for him....It's a powerful story."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (11/26/2008)

"Harvey Milk was an intriguing, inspiring figure. MILK is a marvel....A fascinating, multi-layered history lesson."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (11/26/2008)

"Gus Van Sant's incisive and stirring dramatization of Harvey Milk's heroic life and violent death....MILK is a fascinating film..." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (12/05/2008)

"MILK tells Harvey Milk's story as one of a transformed life, a victory for individual freedom over state persecution, and a political and social cause."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (11/24/2008)

Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's 'Movies Of The Year' -- "[A] true political film. It finds its bristling purpose in humanity, not ideology."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/08/2008)

4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's apparent Van Sant was making any and all efforts to bring Milk's story as close to it origin points as possible. The authenticity this Oregon native provides is palpable and, at times, breathtaking."
Box Office - Sara Schieron (11/26/2008)

4 stars out of 5 -- "[Penn] finds sufficient space amid the historical milestones to hint at the intensely private pain that underpins Milk's mission."
Empire - Empire Staff (02/01/2009)

Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "The movie becomes a stirring primer on the participatory political process, and an unspoken exhortation to get involved."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (12/26/2008)

4 stars out of 5 -- "Gus Van Sant's earnest, lucid biopic is more than a portrait of one man. It's also a snapshot of his times..."
Total Film - Neil Smith (02/01/2009)

"[T]he first great film to look at civil rights from the perspective of the gay movement....It transcends any single genre as a very human document that touches first and foremost on the need to give people hope."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (11/02/2008)

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Civil Rights for gay rights.

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This very touching movie is Sean Penn at his best. Harvey Milk was the Martin Luther King to the Gay right movement, In fact it is amazing that add i to MLK and you get MILK. This movie should be seen by everyone gay or straight, It should remind us of how far we as the Human race still have to go to finding respect for all people reguardless of who they are. This movie gets 5 stars from me.
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