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The Times of Harvey Milk

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Director  Rob Epstein
First episode date  November 13, 1985
Language  English
8.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, Biography, History
Narrated by  Harvey Fierstein
Country  United States
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Release date  October 26, 1984 (1984-10-26)
Writer  Judith Coburn (narration writer), Carter Wilson (narration writer)
Cast  Harvey Fierstein, Anne Kronenberg, Tom Ammiano, Bill Kraus, Sally Miller Gearhart
Similar movies  Beautiful Thing, Hold On Tight, In & Out, The Birdcage, Mambo Italiano, Just a Question of Love
Tagline  He was powerful, charismatic, compassionate and gay. After eleven months in office he was assassinated.

The Times of Harvey Milk is a 1984 American documentary film that premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and then on November 1, 1984 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The film was directed by Rob Epstein, produced by Richard Schmiechen, and narrated by Harvey Fierstein, with an original score by Mark Isham.


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In 2012, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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The Times of Harvey Milk documents the political career of Harvey Milk, who was San Francisco's first openly gay supervisor. The film documents Milk's rise from a neighborhood activist to a symbol of gay political achievement, through to his assassination in November 1978 at San Francisco's city hall, and the Dan White trial and aftermath.


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  • Harvey Fierstein (narrator)
  • Anne Kronenberg
  • Tom Ammiano
  • Sally Gearhart
  • Allan Baird, Teamsters Union leader
  • Archive footage
  • Harvey Milk
  • Dan White
  • George Moscone
  • Dianne Feinstein
  • Jimmy Carter
  • The film was produced after Milk's death using original interviews, exclusive documentary footage, news reports, and archival footage, so that Milk is credited as the lead (posthumously). Other politicians including San Francisco mayor George Moscone (who was assassinated with Milk), and Moscone's successor and now United States Senator Dianne Feinstein appear in archival footage. The movie opens with a tearful Feinstein delivering her announcement to the media that Moscone and Milk had been assassinated by Dan White.

    Also featured in the film is schoolteacher Tom Ammiano, who would go on to be a member of the California State Assembly.

    Awards and honors

    The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1984, and was awarded Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival, among other awards.

    Home media

    A digitally restored version of the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by The Criterion Collection in March 2011. The release includes audio commentary featuring director Rob Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta, interview clips not used in the film, a new interview with documentary filmmaker Jon Else, a new program about The Times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant’s 2008 film, Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta, rare collection of audio and video recordings of Milk, excerpts from Epstein’s research tapes, featuring Milk partner Scott Smith, footage from the film’s Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards, panel discussion on Supervisor Dan White’s trial, and excerpts from the 25th anniversary commemoration of Milk’s and Mayor George Moscone’s assassinations.


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