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Milk

Milk
  • 2008
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gus Van Sant
  • Written by: Dustin Lance Black
  • Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, James Franco
  • Website: www.milkmovie.co.uk

This fairly conventional biopic of the first openly gay elected politician in the United States succeeds in overcoming genre limitations to create a powerful and compassionate film. Tracing Harvey Milk's (Penn) life from his apolitical forties, through three unsuccessful political campaigns, before winning a seat on the San Francisco board of Supervisors, Van Sant deftly weaves archive footage with drama, crafting a film that's undoubtedly up there with the very best of his work.

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Out at the Movies

22 Jan 20093 stars

With Gus Van Sant’s Milk generating significant Oscar buzz and the latest big budget gay-themed movie I Love You Phillip Morris about to hit the silver screen, Steven Paul Davies history of gay cinema is timely. Working chronologically from the 1920s…

Milk

22 Jan 20094 stars

BIOPIC Gus Van Sant’s fairly conventional biopic of the first openly gay elected politician in the United States succeeds in overcoming genre limitations to create a powerful, compassionate film that’s up there with the director’s best work. We…

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