Milk 2008

Milk is a 2008 biographical film on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Directed by Gus Van Sant, the film stars Sean Penn as Milk and Josh Brolin as Milk’s assassin, Supervisor Dan White. The film was released to much acclaim and earned numerous accolades from film critics and guilds. Ultimately, it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning two for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black.

Plot: After moving to San Francisco, the middle aged New Yorker, Harvey Milk, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the USA. The following year, both he and the city’s mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blamed his former colleagues for denying White’s attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Mr. Milk had been the subject of several books and the Academy Award-winning documentary feature, The Times of Harvey Milk (1984); but Milk (2008) is the first fictional feature to explore private aspects of the man’s personal life and career.
Top ten lists
The film appeared on many critics’ top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Movie City News shows that the film appeared in 131 different top ten lists, out of 286 different critics lists surveyed, the 4th most mentions on a top ten list of the films released in 2008.
* 1st – Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter
* 1st – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
* 2nd – Ella Taylor, LA Weekly
* 2nd – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
* 2nd – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
* 2nd – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
* 3rd – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
* 3rd – Lou Lumenick, New York Post
* 3rd – Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle
* 3rd – Robert Mondello, NPR
* 3rd – Ben Lyons, At the Movies
* Sean Penn as Harvey Milk
* Emile Hirsch as Cleve Jones
* James Franco as Scott Smith
* Josh Brolin as Dan White
* Victor Garber as Mayor George Moscone
* Denis O’Hare as Senator John Briggs
* Diego Luna as Jack Lira
* Ashlee Temple as Dianne Feinstein
* Alison Pill as Anne Kronenberg
* Lucas Grabeel as Danny Nicoletta
* Stephen Spinella as Rick Stokes
* Joseph Cross as Dick Pabich
* Jeff Koons as Art Agnos

Watch Milk 2008 Trailer