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Rated R · 128 minutes · 2008

Biography, Drama
Riveting, well-constructed storytelling marks this Gus Van Sant film about the last eight years in the life of openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk. I hate to say that Milk is completely entertaining, because it’s about something far more important than entertainment, but it really is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. Van Sant has a real knack for narrative, using Milk’s romantic/personal life as a partial frame for Milk’s political activism. Cinematographer Harris Savides forgoes his usual photographic style in favor of more close-ups, lots of strong establishing shots and very clear storytelling. Though Milk tells a story of historical importance, and it’s a tale of triumph over bigotry and the tragedy that can accompany standing up for what’s right, it is nonetheless an excellent movie.


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Official Site: www.filminfocus.com/focusfeatures/film/milk
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Dustin Lance Black
Producer: Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen, Michael London, Dustin Lance Black, Bruna Papandrea, Barbara Hall and William Horberg
Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross, Stephen Spinella, Lucas Grabeel, Brandon Boyce, Zvi Howard Rosenman, Kelvin Yu and Jeff Koons

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Portland Mercury The Ghost of Harvey Milk With the passing of Proposition 8, Milk—Gus Van Sant's biopic of gay politician Harvey Milk—feels relevant in a way no one could have expected. by by Amy J. Ruiz 11/27/2008
The Coast Halifax Milk by Mark Palermo 12/11/2008

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