DVD - 2009
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Examines the life and assassination of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to political office in California.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2009
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Call Number: DVD F MILK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Examines the life and assassination of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to political office in California.

Outstanding performances from Sean Penn as Harvey Milk and James Franco as his longtime partner Scott Smith illuminate the incredible career and life of Supervisor Milk, the trailblazing San Francisco politician and humanitarian.

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SFPL_Teen Jun 16, 2016

Celebrate a local hero.

Great representation of the times and thoroughly researched here at the SFPL's SF History Center.

Sean Penn plays Milk in this biopic which received a lot of positive attention.

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Hillsboro_ElizabethH May 20, 2019

What a great movie! Harvey Milk was a little before my time (okay, I was a small child when he died), but I felt the movie was very interesting, and flowed nicely. Sean Penn is an amazing actor.

Feb 11, 2019

Sean Penn does a great job of portraying Harvey Milk, a complex and controversial character who was a prominent figure in the struggle for gay equality in the 1970s. This compelling look at his life follows Milk's path as a once-closeted Republican who moves to San Francisco and becomes more and more active in the political scene, hoping to make a difference and eventually paying the ultimate price. Normally I can't stand Penn; he was almost unrecognizable in this well-deserved Academy-award winning role.

Nov 20, 2018

Does a great job of tracking the movement and fight for gay rights/protection against discrimination; also captures the mood and feel of 1970s Castro District in SF. Sean Penn does a good job as the out, corporate insurance executive turned activist, as first-time supervisor Harvey Milk.

Oct 24, 2018

I was nine when the Milk/Moscone assassinations happened, and have vague recollections of the news reports. Loved this biopic, looks like Sean Penn got an Oscar for his role as Supervisor Harvey Milk. The film points out that Milk lost several races before finally winning election, and while I gather he supported a number of progressive causes (and sought support from various groups), I have the impression here that jiggering boundary lines to make a largely gay-oriented district helped him win that last race. But ever so glad he did! Civil rights have progressed by leaps and bounds since the 1970's.

Mar 30, 2018

Such a powerful story about a great man Harvey Milk! A bio about gay right activist and community leader, who was assassinated in 1978 in San Fran. The assassination was followed by an organized march of 30,000 people in honor of Harvey and San Fran major George Moscone, who was also murdered.
The ridiculous defense of the murderer got even into my forensic psychology classes - simply unbelievable. The verdict was outrageous and lead to "The White Night Riots", the most violent uprising in the history of the gay movement.
The movie was long, but worth of watching.
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk excelled as always.
A must watch movie!

Oct 05, 2017

I found it painfully hard to get into this film. I shut it off & feel I avoided losing 2 hours I wouldn't otherwise get back.

Jun 03, 2016

Interesting story but a bit boring as a movie.

Nov 25, 2015

awesome movie !

Aug 10, 2015

I love this movie. I am a proud supporter for Gay rights. There is nothing wrong with being gay. Gay people are no different then straight people.We are all the same

Jul 23, 2015

Acted like an activist, Harvey Milk fighted for rights of homosexual in the civil society.

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nadian Dec 29, 2009

Sexual Content: Sexual language and homosexual sexual content.

nadian Dec 29, 2009

Violence: Scenes of violence concerning protests and attacks.

nadian Dec 29, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 19, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 19, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Mar 30, 2018

"My name is Harvey Milk and I am here to recruit you!"

nadian Dec 29, 2009

How do you teach homosexuality? Is it like French?


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