Milk (2008)

Milk was released on DVD on March 10, 2009
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MILK is director Gus Van Sant’s riveting biopic about slain gay rights activist and San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk. Based on the politically resonant and thoroughly timely screenplay of documentarian Dustin Lance Black, Van Sant follows the arc of Milk’s political awakening, from closeted Brooklyn insurance executive to doyen of San Francisco’s Castro district’s burgeoning gay mecca in the 1970s. Sean Penn portrays the film’s hero, melting into the role with an affable flamboyance that is both spirited and eminently engaging. James Franco plays opposite Penn as Milk’s supportive and easygoing boyfriend, Scott Smith. The couple’s cheerful and loving rapport lends buoyancy to the film’s overall message of hope as Milk ascends from grassroots community organizer to a galvanizing figurehead in the push for gay civil liberties. When Moral Majority crusader Anita Bryant forms an initiative to root out gay teachers and their supporters from public schools (Proposition 6), Milk is pitted in a bitter battle against fellow City Hall supervisor Dan White, played by Josh Brolin. While Van Sant does not deviate from the expository conventions that have defined other biopics, MILK sticks to biographically pertinent details that serve the film’s underlying message of one man’s idealism and conviction in the face of repression and bigotry.

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US DVD Release Date March 10, 2009
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
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Complete Movie Details

Run time 128 min
Theater Release Date November 26, 2008
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date March 10, 2009
Actors Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Diego Luna, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella, Kelvin Yu, Howard Rosenman, Lucas Grabeel, Alison Pill
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Studio Focus
MPAA R (Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence)
Gross $31,841,299
Genre(s) Drama
Where to Rent
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