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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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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:

$2,213, 17 September 2000

Gross USA:

$13,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,573
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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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Vibrant, electric observation of LGBT political coming of age.
6 June 2004 | by PDWadlerSee all my reviews

This is a very important film, documenting the coming-of-age of LGBT involvement in the political process. Made just a few years after the Milk/ Moscone assassinations, it expertly captures the mood of a community, pre-AIDS, poised to assume political power.

The climax of the film is the peaceful, strangely silent, candle-lit march up Market Street from the Castro, the center of San Francisco's gay male community. The gay community's response to horrific violence is shock and love. When I show this film to young (mostly heterosexual) student audiences, there is always a collective gasp as they see the throngs of silent marchers.


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