Trailer for New Harvey Milk Film

September 6, 2008 at 10:38 am 2 comments

Here is the trailer for the new film Milk about the life of LGBT hero Harvey Milk. Harvey was the first openly gay person elected to office in the U.S. when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. The film, which opens in November, is one of the few gay films to have a big Hollywood budget.

Milk and S.F. Mayor George Moscone were murdered by Supervisor Dan White in 1978. White’s legal defense team at the time claimed that depression and the consumption of a large amount of junk food diminished White’s mental capacities and therefore he was not capable of premeditating the murders. Because of what became known as the “Twinkie defense”, White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk, James Franco play Scott Smith, Harvey’s partner and Emile Hirsch plays activist Cleve Jones who would later go on to found the AIDS Quilt.

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  • 1. People in the Sun  |  September 6, 2008 at 11:34 am

    It looks really good, even though I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forgive Sean Penn for Mystic River (or anyone else in that movie). I saw the documentary last year. It made me angry. It’s so rare that someone steps up to become a real hero.

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  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  September 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Look past Mystic River. I’ve managed to get over Shanghai Surprise.

    I am really looking forward to Milk and hope that it will be a huge success. It is time that our LGBT heroes begin to have their stories told on the silver screen.

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