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  • Actors: Harvey Milk, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann, Tom Ammiano
  • Directors: Robert Epstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • 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: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GFGUDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Times of Harvey Milk (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

Director-approved digital transfer, from the meticulous UCLA Film and Television Archive restoration

Audio commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta

New interview with documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley professor Jon Else

New program about The Times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant’s Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta

Postscript containing interview clips not used in the film

Rare collection of audio and video recordings of Harvey Milk

Interview excerpts from Epstein’s research tapes

Footage from the film’s Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards ceremony

Panel discussion on Supervisor Dan White’s controversial trial

Excerpts from the twenty-fifth anniversary commemoration of Milk’s and Mayor George Moscone’s assassinations

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic B. Ruby Rich, a tribute by Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk, and a piece on the film’s restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Ross Lipman


Editorial Reviews

A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and the first openly gay U.S. politician elected to public office; even after his assassination, in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. The Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk, directed by Robert Epstein (The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175) and produced by Richard Schmiechen, was, like its subject, groundbreaking. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it’s a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk’s message of hope and equality to a wider audience. This exhilarating trove of archival footage and heartfelt interviews is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco’s historic Castro District in the seventies) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Gulyas on February 5, 2013
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A very special film about a very special man. I knew nothing about Harvey Milk before seeing this film except that he was a gay politician in San Francisco who was killed (shot) in the 1970s. The film captures his significance, as a human being, on many levels: as a man who grew up in the 1940s-1950s and who embraced his own nature as a gay man, and was be public about it in the 1960s, a period in which there was still very serious prejudice against homosexuals; as a loving activist who encouraged others, both minority and majority group members, to be the same; as an extremely astute politician who "came into his own" in his own 40s, and had a major practical and spiritual impact on a major city in just a few years. And that is just its exceptional story. The film is also wonderfully composed: from interviews with people who knew him, and documentary film footage, with edifying commentary ably narrated by Harvey Fierstein. I saw this film, and Harvey Milk's courage and love changed me.
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Was a Great documentary but with a sad end. It shows the importance of evolvement and political action to bring about change. Public education & the struggle between civil rights and bigotry.
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By A. Z. Corp on January 29, 2013
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I routinely use this DVD with my GSA group and highly recommend it for LGBT discussion related work. Pure inspirational footage!
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THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984) stands as the all-time exemplary biographical documentary. Narrated by Harvey Fierstein, this is as close as you can ever get to the life, times and assassination of Harvey Milk. Having been made within just a few years of Harvey's assassination, it conveys the raw emotion, great interviews with those closest to Harvey, plus all the news/raw footage that was smoothly and expertly transferred to film.

Here you will see a number of unusual, glossed-over items such as the footage of Harvey's body (fully covered, of course) being removed from his office where he was shot by Dan White; it segues to footage of the body being removed from the city hall building. A beautifully moving shot of the procession of thousands who held a candlelight march to protest the slap-on-the-wrist sentence White received is intermingled with news broadcasts that were made only a few years earlier.

If you are gay, have any interest in this at all, in the work and country-shifting ideals of Milk, or even if you've only seen the slightly silly Milk, you cannot miss this unique and complete film. It won the Oscar, and all documentaries should be at this level. No reenactments here, no doofy music and no waste. Pure information, emotion and news with the gentle narration of Fierstein.

This may well be one of the finest documentaries in existence. It is stunning that is basically a PBS production and was originally shown on PBS. Note: there is a 20th anniversary edition of this documentary plus the Criterion Collection version. I'm not too sure anyone really needs more than the basic documentary - it is that good.
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FILM-OF-THE-YEAR for 1984!!
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