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Directed By
Gus Van Sant

Written By:
Dustin Lance Black

Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Diego Luna, Brandon Boyce, Kelvin Yu, Lucas Grabeel, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella, Ted Jan Roberts, Peter Jason, Steven Wiig, Adam Del Rio, Eric Stoltz, Douglas Smith, Kenny New, Kelvin Han Yee, Kyle Scudiere, Jeff Redlick, Jeff Bredt, James Cotner, Zachary Culbertson, David Hodges, Brian Vowell, John Prudhont, Blake Griffin, Isa Magomedov, Mike Justice, Harvey Milk, Toni Staniewicz, Cory Montgomery, Cabran E. Chamberlain, Boyd Holbrook, Howard Rosenman, Carol Ruth Silver, Hope Tuck, Ashlee Temple, Wendy Tremont King, Boyd Holbrook, Tim Halpin, Robert Chimento, Cleve Jones, Jeremiah Turner, Christopher Greene, Greg Cala, Shaun Landry, Brian Danker, Tony R. Vella, Camron Palmer, Michael Gillespie, Mary Dilts, Brad Comfort, Jill Maragos, Gilbert Baker, John Douglas Ayers, Leesha Davis, Maddie Eisler, Robert Dean Jacobs, Drew Kuhse, Yeena Lopez, Corbett Redford, Jeffrey Schwarz, Cindy Warner, Tom Ammiano, Cully Fredricksen, Awele Makeba, Borzin Mottaghian, Tom Ramdol, Yoli Mapp, Lin Shukla, Serene Sidher

Milk (2008)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
February 18th, 2009

Favorite Movie Quote: "Without hope, life's not worth living."

I won't go into the legacy of Harvey Milk except to say that he was a champion for the LGBT community, especially in his efforts to get everyone to be honest and come out of the closet so that all of us could see that we had friends, relatives, teachers, and others in our lives that were gay, and that was OK.

I won't say anything about the slime on the right depicted in this film except to say that their plan backfired. Yes, the battle for equal rights for all Americans is still being fought, and battles will continue to be lost along the way, but right will win in the end.

The movie was excellent, and I really liked the way news footage from the period was intertwined seamlessly to make the experience more real.

Josh Brolin was very good and there was a tortured underbelly that was not revealed. Maybe I am just to the point that it never surprises me when a right wing bigot turns out to have secrets.

Sean Penn was magnificent. He was Harvey Milk, and he was the movie. Everyone else just supported his superb performance. I was not surprised that he got an Oscar for his performance.

An excellent movie. Not superb, but well worth seeing. In fact, I think I want to see it again.

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Feb 18, 2009 10:42 PM
Does this flick's story go into the fact that Milk used his position as a means to have lots and lots of sex with lots and lots of partners? Or does it paint a halo around Milks' head and portray him as some kind of 'goody-two-shoes' saint/martyr?
Movie Addict
Feb 19, 2009 8:16 AM
He is comitted to one partner. He is portrayed as a fallible human, not some saint.

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