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The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

Director:

Rob Epstein (as Robert Epstein)

Writers:

Judith Coburn (narration writer), Carter Wilson (narration writer)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harvey Milk ... Himself (archive footage)
Harvey Fierstein ... Narrator (voice)
Anne Kronenberg Anne Kronenberg ... Herself
Tory Hartmann Tory Hartmann ... Herself
Tom Ammiano Tom Ammiano ... Himself
Jim Elliot Jim Elliot ... Himself
Henry Der Henry Der ... Himself
Jeannine Yeomans Jeannine Yeomans ... Herself
Bill Kraus Bill Kraus ... Himself
Sally M. Gearhart Sally M. Gearhart ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Briggs John Briggs ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Dianne Feinstein ... Herself (archive footage) (as Mayor Dianne Feinstein)
David Fowler ... Himself - TV Interviewer of Dan White (archive footage)
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Storyline

2 Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Harvey Milk & San Francisco Mayor, 'George Moscone (I)' were assassinated by recently resigned Supervisor Dan White on Monday, November 27th, 1978, approximately 8:45 AM to 9:15 AM. Milk's life leading up to his election, his successful efforts to politically represent San Francisco's gay community, and the city's reaction to the assassinations are documented with extensive news film and personal recollections. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Historien om Harvey Milk See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,851, 20 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,187
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Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)| Stereo (Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film opens with acting mayor Dianne Feinstein breaking the news to the assembled press outside City Hall that mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk had both been shot and killed by city supervisor Dan White. Gus Van Sant opens his biopic Milk (2008) with the exact same footage. See more »

Goofs

When describing Harvey Milk's murder, the narrator states that White killed Milk in Milk's own office, but in reality, White asked Milk to come into White's former office, closed the door, blocked it with his body, and shot Milk there. See more »

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[first lines]
Dianne Feinstein: As president of the board of supervisors, it's my duty to make this announcement. Both Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk have been shot and killed. The suspect is Supervisor Dan White.
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Version of Milk (2008) See more »

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Best documentary ever made
7 November 2004 | by pyotr-3See all my reviews

STUNNING. That's the only word to describe this film. If you haven't seen it, prepare to be amazed. Clear the room and remove any distractions because you won't want to miss a second of this remarkable recounting of the Harvey Milk story. Prepare to cry and scream, because you will do both.

"The Times of Harvey Milk" covers a bit of American history that almost NO Americans seem to know about, and this is a tragedy. Everyone should know about these events, and the astonishing, beautiful people who participated in them. Perhaps the most stunning moment to me comes when a red-haired straight woman, who became a frequent customer in Harvey Milk's camera & film-processing shop, recalls the night after Milk and Mayor Mosconi were killed. Her description, her face, and her tears make me cry every time I see it. And when Dan White was given a slap on the wrist for murdering Milk and Mayor George Mosconi... because the jurors thought he was under the influence of too many TWINKIES... the city erupted. The film of these riots is stunning, and you may find yourself wishing that you could be there with the rioters who STOOD UP to this historic injustice and demonstrated their rage.

People of all ages and all political persuasions will find this film a remarkable document of an important bit of American history. I believe it is essential viewing for all.


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