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by Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel
November 10, 2008

SEAN PENN as Harvey Milk

A sure fire nominee for all the film awards this season including Oscar, Sean Penn's performance as Harvey Milk resonates after you see Gus Van Sant's film "Milk", which opens in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles on November 26, and expanding across the U.S. and into Canada on December 5.  A review of the film will appear here at The Popcorn Reel on November 26. 

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to a major political office in America.  Mr. Milk, elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, was assassinated on November 27, 1978 by a fellow politician at City Hall in San Francisco.  Mr. Penn recaptures the complexity, hope, bravery and power of Mr. Milk, diving into Mr. Milk's persona and inhabiting it with unmitigated relish.  One of the most powerful lines spoken in "Milk" by Mr. Penn are taken directly from the actual speech given by Mr. Milk about equality for gays in 1978: "no matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words from the Declaration of Independence!"  Mr. Milk fought for the rights of all people, something that Mr. Van Sant's film makes clear.

Sean Penn does outstanding work here -- better than his work for the Oscar he won for "Mystic River" -- and he will be nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in January.

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