About the Film
In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights, he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. Academy Award nominee Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk and is joined by an all star cast that includes Emile Hirsch, James Franco and Josh Brolin. This film won the Academy Award for Best Actor (Sean Penn) and Best Original Screenplay.