Gus van Sant directs this political biopic telling the story of California's first openly gay elected public official, Harvey Milk. Sean Penn won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the New Yorker who became known as a gay rights activist after moving to San Francisco in the early 1970s. After two failed attempts to become elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, Milk finally made it onto the board in 1977 - but only served for a matter of months before he and the city's mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) were shot to death by right-wing rival Dan White (Josh Brolin).
Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco Director: Gus van Sant Language: english
Publisher: Momentum Pictures, Year: 2008
Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan), a promising young lawyer, finds his career cut short when he is fired from the prestigious law firm he works for. They say he has not got what it takes. Andrew knows it's because he's got AIDS. Determined to defend his dignity and professional reputation, Andrew hires a small-time personal injury lawyer, Joe Miller (Denzel Washington, American Gangster), to sue his former employees for wrongful dismissal. Joe is initially reluctant to take on the case. Although he has grown up knowing the pain of prejudice, he's never had to confront his own prejudices against homosexuality and AIDS... until now. The two men launch an historic and moving struggle against society's ignorance and intolerance. One man is fighting for his reputation, his life and ultimately for justice. The other is battling to overcome his own society's prejudice and fear. And they are both fighting for something uniquely important. Philadelphia is one of the most powerful and critically acclaimed movies of our time.