"My name is Harvey Milk and I am here to recruit you." What a great community activism movie this is! Makes you wanna go out and get something done. The acting is incredible in Milk, most of the characters were gay and showed the struggles they faced 30 years ago. The feeling that you have in this biography of Harvey Milk's life after 40 is wonderful and full of life. I wasn't aware that in the 1960's homosexuals didn't have many rights and could be fired from jobs for their sexual preference and even beaten and killed, with not much being done by the authorities and politicians. The story takes place in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco and follows the elections that Harvey Milk participated in being a gay rights activist running to be a politician. Sean Penn, James Franco, Emile Hirsch , Josh Brolin and Diego Luna create a talented ensemble cast. I had to come home and look up each of the actors profiles to see what other movies they were in. You get lost in their characters. I was especially impressed by Penn and Hirsch. A serious subject, but presented in a lighter manner for this Best Picture Nominee.