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His life changed history. His courage changed lives. Academy Award® - winner Sean Penn stars in this stirring celebration of Harvey Milk, a true man of the people. Based on the inspiring true story of the first openly gay man elected to major public office, this compelling film follows Milk’s powerful journey to inspire hope for equal rights during one of the least tolerant times in our nation’s history. With a stunning all-star, cast including Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and James Franco, it’s the emotionally charged story that was proclaimed the Winner of The New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Award!
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Critics Consensus: Anchored by Sean Penn's powerhouse performance, Milk is a triumphant account of America's first openly gay man elected to public office.
At the moment, it's my favorite movie of the year.
June 22, 2017
J. R. Jones
Sean Penn gives a meticulously detailed performance as the cagey and charismatic pol, but credit s...
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Memorable, mature biopic brings a movement to life.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this intense, stirring drama examines the life of Harvey Milk, a civil- and gay-rights advocate who was assassinated in 1978. It explores prejudice against homosexuals and traces the beginnings of the gay rights movement. The film offers an unflinching look at homophobia during that era. Expect strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), sexual situations, partial nudity, political manipulation, suicide, and murder. Some material may be too challenging for younger teens, but older teens and adults will find it a thought-provoking piece of history.
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- Release Date:November 26, 2008
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