The Times of Harvey Milk

1984 | Documentary | 90 minutes | English


Harvey Milk, an openly gay candidate, was defeated three times in his efforts to be a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. When he finally won, he became California’s first openly gay public official. Harvey Milk’s election contrasted with the first stirrings of the Moral Majority. His most noteworthy achievement was defeating Proposition 6, an ordinance that would bar gays from teaching in public schools. Harvey Milk and fellow Supervisor, Dan White, sharply divided on this issue. Four days after the Proposition was defeated, White resigned. Five days later White had second thoughts and asked to be reinstated. Mayor Moscone rejected the request. Twelve days later, Dan White assassinated Harvey Milk and George Moscone. Outrage ensued at the trial as the jury designated the crime as involuntary manslaughter. White, a man who killed two officials in cold blood, received a seven-year sentence. He was paroled after five years.    
Harvey Milk, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors / George Moscone, Mayor, San Francisco / Dan White, Former Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors 
Why Stream This Film?
Shouldn’t there also be a “Gay Lives Matter” movement in the U.S.?
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
  • Metacritic Score: 84
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Documentary
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Documentary
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Documentary
  • Sundance Film Festival: Winner, Best Documentary
  • The film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
THE TIMES of HARVEY MILK is an enormously absorbing film for the light it sheds on a decade in the life of a great American city and on the lives of Milk and Moscone, who made it a better and certainly a more interesting place to live.
Roger Ebert

Harvey Milk stood for something more than just him, and this warm, well-made documentary makes that eminently clear. Robert Epstein, who co-directed, indicates the ways in which Harvey Milk was emblematic of one segment of society and Dan White of another. And he traces the clash that arose between them.
Janet Maslin

The New York Times

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