Milk Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sean Penn, James Franco

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In the 70s, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) is the first openly gay man to ever run for office. With his lover Scott (James Franco), he starts out in San Francisco's Castro district as a small business-owner who witnesses the persecution of gay men and becomes a strong proponent for LGBT rights. Police would harass and beat up homosexuals in the street, and this pushed him to run for City Supervisor. He seeks a big endorsement from The Advocate, but is turned down. He losses the race. The next race, he losses again, and again when he runs for Assemblyman, however he has acquired many supporters. Milk isn't put down and continues his activism and campaigning, with his passion taking its toll on Scott, who later moves out and leaves him. After a successful march to City Hall, he is primed to run for Supervisor, representing the gay faction, meanwhile, Dan White (Josh Brolin) also runs, to represent the Irish-Catholic vote. Both become Supervisor, and soon the two embark on a complicated political relationship. Although White is obviously anti-gay, he feels he can use Milk to further his career, and vice versa. When the gay rights ordinance is passed, White is the lone "no" in all the votes. White is humiliated and furious. When voting against Prop-6 occurs, White is even more livid and resigns. One day, White shows up at City Hall and assassinates Mayor Moscone and Milk in their offices.
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Best part of story, including ending: Despite adversity, Harvey Milk strived for equality with such passion.

Best scene in story: When Harvey would make his charismatic and humorous speeches.

Opinion about the main character: His determination to right a wrong, despite many failures.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar

Script Analysis of Milk

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   lesbians!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   San Francisco

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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