Synopsis: Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Gus Van Sant
Production: Focus Features
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 61 wins & 141 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

Not too much work.

Just like Morris and Minnie

Milk of Woodmere, New York.

Did you see the little

place downstairs for rent?


What do you

think about that?

I think it sounds great.

A little bit

up on the left.

Oh, it looks great.

Looks great.


You're the

new renters?

Well, hello.

Harvey Milk.


- Welcome to Castro Camera.


Yeah. Like,

you know, I would like

to join the, what's it called,

The Eureka Valley Merchants Association.

I'm not an interloper.

A Jew, perhaps, but I

hope you'll forgive that.

If you open

those doors,

the Merchants Association will

have the police pull your license.

Under what law?

Excuse me?

There's man's law and there's

God's law in this neighborhood

and in this city.

You know, we pay taxes.

The San Francisco police force

is happy to enforce either.

Have a good day.

Yeah, thank you for the

warm welcome to the neighborhood!





Customers, come on in.

We'll form our

own business association.

We'll start with

the gay businesses.

We'll get the addresses of every customer

that comes in the store for a roll of film

and we'll ask them what they

want, what they need changed.

We'll get some money rolling in here.

Revitalize the neighborhood.

Can I come in now?

One more minute.

And I can go to

the neighborhood banks.

They must have

some gay customers.

Look, Harvey, what's with all

this political activist crap?

I mean, I thought you

were a goddamn Republican.

I'm a businessman, Scott.

And businesses should be

good to their customers.

Even if their

customers are gay.

For God's sake,

it's San Francisco!

Yeah. Well, it's just like

any other city in the country.

They hate us.

Real surprise.

We should have at least one

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Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black (born June 10, 1974) is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist. He has won a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for the 2008 film Milk. Black is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and writer of 8, a staged reenactment of the federal trial that led to a federal court's overturn of California's Proposition 8. more…

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