8.3/10
5,216
45 user 56 critic

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Trailer
1:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
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)
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright
Paragraph 175 (2000)
Documentary | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Sara Lewinstein, David Mandell, Suzi Mandell
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

Directors: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
Stars: Rita Mae Brown, Maua Adele Ajanaku, Red Jordan Arobateau
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

Director: Peter Davis
Stars: Tin Chan, Chau Diem, Ngo Dinh Diem
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks
Edit

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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,851, 20 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,187
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)| Stereo (Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2012. 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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Q&A at the DGA: Rob Epstein and Tom Ammiano (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
9/10
31 December 2004 | by desperatelivingSee all my reviews

Epstein (and Friedman) make documentaries by assembling talking heads, news footage, and narration -- they make documentaries about events and phenomena, not about detailing lives as they happen. This is an event timepiece, and it hits a weak spot in me -- it's a good movie regardless, but it twists something that makes my heart ache. The movie itself might not warrant such a high rating, but what it depicts does evoke very strong emotions, specifically in the last half hour: you come out of the movie shattered and raging. It's a very lean hour and-a-half, and it manages to cram in as much of a sense of the time, at least in terms of the gay perspective, as possible. Epstein's movie is about the gay experience, but he's not a propagandist: he's more than willing to show that the Democratic Jimmy Carter didn't want to be photographed with Milk, that his sister offered to "cure" Milk of his homosexuality through religion; and he's open to showing that Ronald Reagan, much despised in the gay community, did not support California's Proposition 6, which would make it legal to fire existing teachers who were openly gay.

The film's aim is to make a martyr out of Milk -- but then, he is one, isn't he? He knew his own assassination was coming, or felt that it could; it's why he taped his own will assuming it might be heard if in fact he was assassinated (though he likely wouldn't have known it would be an angry former fellow city supervisor who would kill him). When the head of the city supervisors announces that the mayor and Milk have been killed, presumably by Dan White, distraught about not being re-selected as a city supervisor after resigning the position and then wanting it back, it's like an electric shock to the back of your neck, the crowd of news reporters shrieking in disbelief. The story is famous: White, who shoots Milk five times (once in the head), is found guilty only of voluntary manslaughter (and eventually released after just five and-a-half years), and his trial findings result in a street mob. That mob mentality grosses me out, but when citizens furious with the ruling start to firebomb police cars in the street, I couldn't help but feel for them and root them on; this kind of spit in the face to the gay community (and the memory of two dead, innocent men) deserves a gut reaction. There's a difference between mobs fueled by hate and mobs fueled by injustice. When someone says, "We are reacting with anger because we are ANGRY" you feel that anger. When we see thousands of people in the darkened street holdings candles over their heads, you might begin to weep. 9/10


28 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed