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As if reading my mind, Mr. Van Sant has fashioned a film that is accessible to all, while approaching his subject with sharp focus and a singleness of purpose that is at once definitive and topical. A stunning achievement, MILK manages to make its point without ever being preachy or trite, while remaining as true to the facts as any film bio could ever hope to be.
The film opens with snippets of gay history that many young gay people, let alone a straight audience, may be shocked to discover. During the opening credits, a barrage of vintage film clips remind us that a scant 50 years ago, gay men, lesbians and transsexuals were subjected to violence, harassment, physical abuse, arrest and humiliation by the very people that most citizens look to for protection; i.e. the police and judicial authorities. The newsreel images of gay bar raids that open MILK project a surreal yet somehow eerily familiar atmosphere that seems to alternate between the bizarre and the barbaric. Many people today are not aware that, in the 1940's and 1950's, right here in the USA, gay people were arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar (newspaper headline: "Den of Perverts Busted"). Many of those arrested had their names and employers published in the morning paper (!Read more ›
The advances that the Gay communities of California have made in the past 30 years started with the Harvey Milk story.I have been a San Francisco Police officer for 24 years.I am proud to have known a few very brave S.F.P.D. officers who happen to have been gay.
In this state,the advances made for gay people for their civil rights and equal rights,begin with the Milk story.
I was in the movie and I played a real police officer at a homicide scene.The murder of Robert Hillsbough. The hates crimes committed against gays in this city back in the 1970's were over the top.
I was honored to have, done my simple scene with Sean Penn.
I was honored to have been a member of that cast.Check out the cast on the web [...]
I know the damages that Dan White caused our city,and my Department.
It was a very sad day.
I can say this much about that tragic man.Besides being a former cop, and fireman a little talked about fact about Dan White. He was also a Viet Nam veteran.He served in the same unit that I was in in Viet Nam, the 173rd airborne. He served one year in the central highlands. We came home suffering along with 1000'S of other combat vets, suffering from P.T.S.D. He committed suicide after his release from prison. He was buried with full honors in the Veteran cemetery in San Bruno Calif.
It was not called that at the time of his trail. The fact that a man who was an Irish Catholic, a former Police officer, and a Viet Nam vet who could not, and did not seek help.The movie kind of showed that Milk made every effort to befriend Dan White.Read more ›
Harvey Milk. A man of whom I know little. I lived on the other side of the world when he died, in a city in which it was not unusual to run into eunuchs. I'd heard of him since, in reference to gayness, but never associated any importance to him. Then I saw that Sean Penn was playing Milk, so I told my spouse that we need to see it.
Milk, it seemed, lived a pretty conventional lifestyle, working for an insurance company in New York. According to the script, anyway, in 1970 he met a flame and they headed to the west coast. Despite local resistance, they set up shop in the Castro district of San Francisco (after "The Haight" had become riddled with crime, homelessness and the like). Milk then decided it was time to get politically active.
In this portion of the film, I thought for a while that I was going to suffer from motion sickness. The camera seemed to move quite rapidly, and cut from the scene they were shooting to a historical scene, and back. But I adjusted. And Milk lost the first election, then the second, then the third. That, believe it or not, didn't take too much time for the film to get across, except that Milk's lover, Scott (played by James Franco) left after he said he couldn't take another one. That's when the action started (!)
I'm not gay, and have never been terribly sympathetic to many of the gay causes. At least I never payed much attention to 'em. Yeah, I heard outrageous statements like I quoted above, but I just disregarded them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to watch this movie for a certain class from a list given to me from the teacher and I honestly a little iffy on whether or not I was going to be interested in it based... Read morePublished 26 days ago by G. Vazquez
This movie is magnificent. It gave me an overview of the gay movement history, and because of that it made me an aware citizen in my country.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a great movie. Tight screenplay and powerful performances, especially from Sean Penn.Published 2 months ago by Barry Ezell
Not much to see here other than a rewrite of how the coast was tamed by right-thinking-gays and progressives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Porgy Tirebiter
A poignant and inspiring film that shows how successful social movements (on the right side of freedom-expanding history) begin and how they need visionary early leaders, who too... Read morePublished 2 months ago by McDuff
Awesome movie! Saw it for the first time in Monterey CA with my girlfriend at the time. Embarrassed to say that I did not know much about this story before watching - powerful... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony M. Schaffer
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|Rank your favourite Oscar nominated best pictures||
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3. Slumdog Millionaire
5. The Reader
Milk was the one film I felt deserved all the praise. Button I also liked and Slumdog was definintly good. Frost/Nixon was okay but The Reader was very mediocre. There were a tons of other films... Read More
Mar 12, 2009 by Melanie Edwards | See all 6 posts
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