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Academy Award winner [[Performer~P106027~Sean Penn~seanpenn]] takes the title role in [[Performer~P115102~Gus Van Sant~gusvansant]]'s biopic tracing the last eight years in the life of [[Performer~P604286~Harvey Milk~harveymilk]], the ill-fated politician and gay activist whose life changed history, and whose courage still inspires people. When Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, he made history for being the first openly gay man in American history to be voted into public office. But the rights of homosexuals weren't Milk's primary concern, as tellingly evidenced by the wide array of political coalitions he formed over the course of his tragically brief career. He fought for everyone from union workers to senior citizens, a true hero of human rights who possessed nothing but compassion for his fellow man. The story begins in New York City, where a 40-year-old Milk ponders what steps he can take to make his life more meaningful. Eventually, Milk makes the decision to relocate to the West Coast, where he and his lover, Scott Smith ([[Performer~P299361~James Franco~jamesfranco]]), found a small business in the heart of a working-class neighborhood. Empowered by his love for the Castro neighborhood and the success of his business, Castro Camera, Milk somewhat unexpectedly begins to emerge as an outspoken agent for change. With a growing support system that includes both Scott and a like-minded young activist named Cleve Jones ([[Performer~P239003~Emile Hirsch~emilehirsch]]), the charismatic Milk decides to take a fateful leap into politics, eventually developing a reputation as a leader who isn't afraid to follow up his words with actions. In short order, he is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5, though this seeming triumph is in fact the catalyst for a tragedy that starts to unfold as Milk does his best to forge a political partnership with Dan White ([[Performer~P8657~Josh Brolin~joshbrolin]]), another newly elected supervisor. Over time it becomes apparent that Milk and White's political agendas are directly at odds, a revelation that puts their personal destinies on a catastrophic collision course. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 26, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Harris Savides Best Cinematography 2008 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Phoenix Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Austin Film Critics Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Vancouver Film Critics Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Southeastern Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Houston Film Critics Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
New York Film Critics Online Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Winner
London Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Utah Film Critics Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Sean Penn Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Bill Groom Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Danny Elfman Best Composer 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Danny Elfman Best Original Score 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Danny Elfman Best Original Score 2008 Nominee
Boston Society of Film Critics Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Winner
London Film Critics Association Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Nominee
Vancouver Film Critics Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Nominee
Southeastern Film Critics Association Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Gus Van Sant Best Director 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards James Franco Best Supporting Actor 2008 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association James Franco Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association James Brolin Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
National Board of Review Josh Brolin Best Supporting Actor 2008 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Josh Brolin Best Supporting Actor 2008 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Josh Brolin Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Vancouver Film Critics Josh Brolin Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Josh Brolin Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Dustin Lance Black Best Screenplay 2008 Winner
Southeastern Film Critics Association Dustin Lance Black Best Original Screenplay 2008 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Dustin Lance Black Best Screenplay 2008 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dustin Lance Black Best Original Screenplay 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Dustin Lance Black Best First Screenplay 2008 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Dustin Lance Black Best Original Screenplay 2008 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dustin Lance Black Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Dustin Lance Black Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Dustin Lance Black Best Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Dustin Lance Black Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Costume Guild Awards Daniel Glicker Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel Glicker Best Costume Design 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Cohen Best Picture 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dan Jinks Best Picture 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elliot Graham Best Editing 2008 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Elliot Graham Best Edited Feature - Drama 2008 Nominee

Cast

Sean Penn
as Harvey Milk
Emile Hirsch
as Cleve Jones
Josh Brolin
as Dan White
Diego Luna
as Jack Lira
James Franco
as Scott Smith
Alison Pill
as Anne Kronenberg
Victor Garber
as Mayor Moscone
Denis O'Hare
as John Briggs
Joseph Cross
as Dick Pabich
Stephen Spinella
as Rick Stokes
Lucas Grabeel
as Danny Nicoletta
Brandon Boyce
as Jim Rivaldo
Zvi Howard Rosenman
as David Goodstein
Kelvin Yu
as Michael Wong
Jeff Koons
as Art Agnos
Allan Baird
as Himself
Tom Ammiano
as Himself
Ashlee Temple
as Dianne Feinstein
Wendy King
as Carol Ruth Silver
Kelvin Han Yee
as Gordon Lau
Robert Chimento
as Phil Burton
Ginabel Machado
as Lily

Crew

Gus Van Sant
Director
Dan Jinks
Producer
Bruce Cohen
Producer
Dustin Lance Black
Screenwriter
Harris Savides
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Elliot Graham
Editor
Bill Groom
Production Designer
Charley Beal
Art Director
Dustin Lance Black
Executive Producer
William Horberg
Executive Producer
Bruna Papandrea
Executive Producer
Barbara Hall
Executive Producer
Michael London
Executive Producer
Chad Owens
Set Designer
Daniel Glicker
Costume Designer
Barbara Munch
Set Decorator
David J. Webb
First Assistant Director
Francine Maisler
Casting
Barbara Hall
Unit Production Manager
Michelle Lankwarden
Post Production Supervisor
Janice Williams
Executive in Charge of Production
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