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(I) (2008)

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MPAA Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Speaking about homosexual sex, Harvey says, "Don't knock it till you've tried it." And, indeed, Harvey is shown (a lot) with two sexual partners. He and Scott are in bed together, briefly engaged in a sexual act. (The camera sees the back of one of them.) Afterwards, a more lingering scene depicts them talking in bed while apparently nude. (They're partially covered with sheets.) The two kiss and embrace frequently, and Scott swims in someone's pool naked. (The camera stays behind him.)
  • Harvey meets his other sexual partner, Jack, after Scott leaves. Harvey takes him home and the two frolic nude in the shadows, tackling and slapping each other. Later, Harvey caresses Jack and reminds Jack of his name. "I love you, Harvey," Jack says. The two of them also hug and kiss frequently, and Jack performs a striptease for Harvey, taking off his belt before the scene ends.
  • Several other men are shown kissing and caressing, and one of Harvey's friends performs oral sex on another in a back room. (The scene is shot from the waist up.) Characters pass around pictures of a nude male model who is lounging on his stomach, and Scott shows off a nude centerfold at a political rally. (Some of the model's pubic hair is visible onscreen).
  • Transvestites make occasional appearances. And there's a brief, faraway shot of a bare-breasted woman. Characters regularly call themselves "queens." Dan White refers to homosexuals as "queers." Comments are made about bathhouses and getting paid to do "tricks." Men ogle each other and crack lewd jokes.

Violence & Gore

  • Men tussle with police. Protesters march on city hall, disconnecting power and disabling a cable car. A character reminisces about gay activists rioting in Spain, saying, "There was blood literally running in the gutter."


  • 15 uses of the word "fuck.
  • 6 uses of the word "shit".
  • Constant uses of derogartory words for homosexual people, (fag, queer, cocksucker)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters are seen drinking different varieties of alcohol in several scenes, and Dan White is clearly drunk in one scene. Scott is clearly seen smoking pot in a couple scenes, plus tobacco use is frequent.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rated R for: Adult Language, Mild Violence, Adult Content.(HBO advisory)


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Violence & Gore

  • The assassination scene shows the first bullet hitting Harvey in the hand; skin flies on impact. The next two thud into each of his shoulders. Harvey finds himself kneeling on the floor, staring out the window as Dan White administers a final, unseen bullet to the back of his head.
  • Dan White also kills San Francisco's mayor, but the murder takes place behind closed doors, the gunshots muffled.
  • Before all of that, Harvey receives two death threatsone of them graphically illustrated. Jack hangs himself. (We see the dangling corpse.) And Harvey mentions that of his four long-term partners, three have tried to commit suicide.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A couple of scenes show people who have been beaten, and one shot of a man's dead body after a fatal hate crime(some blood is seen on the shirt). The scene where Milk and Moscone are killed by White, while not being overly graphic, is still quite startling. Moscone is shot off-screen(the shots are heard from outside the door), then Milk is shot on-screen(holes build up on his shirt, and some possible brief glimpses of blood) and the fatal head shot, execution style, is seen from outside the window(because the gun is pointed at an angle above his head, you just see his head fall down). Another shot of a man's dead body after a suicide by hanging is startling.

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