Academy Awards Winner, Best Actor & Best Original Screenplay
14A, coarse language.
Dir: Gus Van Sant, US, 2008, 128 min.
Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin.
“Gus Van Sant’s film begins with Harvey Milk at 48, reflecting into his tape recorder about a personal journey that began at 40. At that watershed age, he grew unsatisfied with his life and decided he wanted to really do something. Harvey Milk didn’t enter politics as much as he was pushed in by the evidence of his own eyes. He ran for the Board of Supervisors three times before being elected in 1977. He campaigned for a gay rights ordinance. He organized. He developed a flair for publicity. He became a fiery orator. Already known as the Mayor of Castro Street, he won public office. 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.” —Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com