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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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Mono (original release)| Stereo (Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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.
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Tragic, haunting, even darkly comic documentary...
18 July 2004 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The life and aftermath in death of wonderfully wry and droll Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay city official who, along with Mayor George Moscone, was killed on a November day in 1978 by disgruntled ex-colleague Dan White (who ultimately received an unusually light sentence after his trial). From Milk's sneaky campaigning tricks to the infamous 'Twinkie Defense', this documentary is solid and involving. It has a creepy ambiance that is difficult to shake after it's over, yet there's a darkly amusing undercurrent throughout (which Milk himself might've appreciated!). The film says to take these events seriously, but to take them AS events. See the humor in the chaos. This was a deserved Oscar winner for Best Documentary, and it is quite moving, funny, despairing--never clinical or cold. *** from ****


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