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The Times of Harvey Milk (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (1984)

Harvey Fierstein , Harvey Milk , Rob Epstein  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann, Tom Ammiano
  • Directors: Rob Epstein
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Y4LDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Times of Harvey Milk (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 25th Anniversary Events: Harry Britt, Harvey Milk's appointed successor; Chris Moscone, George Moscone's son; Stuard Milk, Harvey Milk's nephew; Candlelight Memorial
  • 1st Anniversary: Mayor Dianne Feinstein
  • Outtakes Featurette: Harvey Speaks Out
  • Dan White Update
  • Alternate Ending
  • San Francisco Premiere - Castro Theatre
  • Rob Epstein and Tom Ammiano at the Director's Guild Los Angeles
  • Academy Awards Presentation - 1985
  • Filmmakers' Photo Gallery

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A devastatingly skillful and emotionally compelling documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk charts the political rise and brutal slaying of the first openly gay city official in the United State, Harvey Milk. Ironically, the same election that brought Milk to the board of city supervisors of San Francisco also elected the man who killed him, a former police officer and fireman named Dan White. After White shot both Mayor George Moscone and Milk, his defense lawyers convinced the jury that White's judgment was impaired by depression and junk food, resulting in a conviction for manslaughter instead of murder--a verdict that prompted riots. With care and conviction, The Times of Harvey Milk captures not only Milk himself, but also the political and social landscape in which these events took place. The interviews--with friends, politicians, and journalists--are articulate and heartfelt, expressing the impact that Milk had upon this historical moment. --Bret Fetzer

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His life, his legacy; our hope June 12, 2004
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I was one of the millions who probably heard of Harvey Milk at some point in my life, but never connected any dots to his life. Then one summer day, while housesitting, I found an old VHS tape of this documentary called "The Times of Harvey Milk". Not having anything better to do, I popped it in the VCR and sat back to watch. Two hours later, my life, perspectives, and outlooks were dramatically transformed by meeting Supervisor Harvey Milk. So it is with great excitement that this monumental film which pays tribute to a monumental time finally comes to DVD, and warrants my attention for my 200th review.
"The Times of Harvey Milk" is a transformative documentary both in style and information, created by visionary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen. The film not only covers the life of Milk, but the times which surrounded him that allows for a broader, more in-depth story. From the opening moments of the film, we learn of Harvey's untimely death, so as not to aggrandize it. Through personal interviews, newsreel coverage, and personal film shot at certain events, everything is brought to a real, intense focus. You feel as if you are watching the events unfold as San Franscians must have done in the late 1970's.
The shining stars of the film are the personal interviews given by people who knew Harvey best. Tom Ammiano, friend of Harvey, gives the film a sense of outrage of the assassinations. Jim Elliot gives a heartwarming straight man, unionist perspective to show us Harvey's universality. Henry Der allows us to see Harvey's political side. Jannine Yeoman's covering of the Milk campaign and post -assassination trial gives a sense of immediacy and urgency to the story, and a more professional viewpoint.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown to me, till now... January 20, 2005
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As I browsed my local library DVD collection I stumbled upon this film and was curious, because I had never heard of Harvey Milk or the tragic story surrounding his political career.

For those of you who do not know, Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the US (he was a Supervisor for San Francisco.) His time in office had many highlights; however, a fellow Supervisor assassinated him after Milk served only 11-months in office.

Yes, this is a documentary, and although the story is built with tragedy in mind one must remember the good that Milk built upon. His policies helped more then just the gay community, and it is disheartening to see that his story is not more prominently featured.

This was a nice DVD in general, and as documentaries go it is fairly good quality. This is a intriguing and well-done film that all should see, and may it make you a little more aware like it did me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We will NEVER forget Harvey Milk!!! May 26, 2004
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On DVD at last!!!!!!! Saw this movie on PBS years ago, and I cried and cried. Harvey Milk SHOULD have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize even AFTER his death because black/white/(gay)/straight/WHATEVER, Harvey was a man of the PEOPLE - caring, compassionate, genuine. Who knows, if he hadn't been murdered, MAYBE we'd be voting for President Milk this November.
Buy this DVD, remember Harvey, and give thanks that there were (and still ARE!) wonderful people like him who fought for the rights of EVERYONE in our (gay) community.
BLESS you Harvey, you have become a LEGEND!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential historical documentary June 17, 2006
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Robert Epstein and Richard Schmiechen have crafted an eloquent and touching documentary that brings to life a historically important political figure in our nation's history: Harvey Milk, the first openly gay public elected official in San Francisco. Milk, together with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, were assassinated in November 1978.

The film does not concentrate on a biographical portrait of Milk, but instead focuses on the eleven months he served as San Francisco supervisor. It brings life to history, albeit recent history, a quality that is lacking in so many historical documentaries. What makes this possible, in many ways, is the ample news footage that was available to trace the events that comprised those eleven months, and the personal commentary provided by witnesses and participants of the events documented. The additional footage and audio commentary that comprises this 2-DVD set sheds more light on the Harvey Milk legacy. Milk was a politician by nature, much in the same way as John Kennedy was, but without the money. It shows how much a charasmatic figure can accomplish when the mission seems clear. Milk's humor, candor, and intelligence shines through.

I first saw this film in the late 1980s on public television, and saw it a few times since. Watching it today, what shocked me the most is that Dan White, who served a little more than five years for the slayings, received no psychiatric treatment while incarcerated. White's defense attorney stated quite clearly in news footage that White was a suicide risk the day the verdict was announced. White killed himself less than two years after his release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Mindy Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunner of a Documentary...
This movie is such a fantastic piece of work. How they found all the footage they used and then had Criterion clean it up so seamlessly astounds me. AMAZING!
Published 3 months ago by Pablo Sergio Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
one of my favorites
Published 4 months ago by Gary S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful doc
Recommended for anyone who would like to know more about this episode in the history of SF and Gay Rights. Read more
Published 6 months ago by nolajms
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it!
This is 5 star plus! It gives first hand accounts of Harvey Milk and those friends and fellow activists closest to him.
Published 6 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars great documentary
I was into my own world at the time of the late 70's and didn't realize what a key figure Harvey was in the gay movement. This film helped to enlighten me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph Borkson
5.0 out of 5 stars Folks need to watch this
I used this in a university seminar class and got the most profound response of the semester. You can find some great discussion guides online.
Published 9 months ago by Thomas J. Neuville
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
A great documentary about a very important person in our country's history. Not to be missed this should be shown in all schools.
Published 13 months ago by A. Gass
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Harvey Milk!
Harvey Milk was a national treasure. I wish that he were here today.

I know that he would have been in the forefront of the AIDS crisis and the equality of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for anyone who also watches "Milk"
The two films, this one and "Milk," are a matched set. It's great to see how faithful the "regular" movie is, and the documentary, and its discussion of Harvey,... Read more
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