The Times of Harvey Milk
Harvey Fierstein narrates this documentary by Rob Epstein about San Francisco's most colorful -- and tragic -- political figure: Harvey Milk, a staunch fighter for gay rights who helped forge a presence for the city's gay community in city hall. Milk became the first openly gay member of San Francisco's combative city council. But his life, along with Mayor George Moscone's, was cut short by infamous fellow politico Dan White.
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- Harvey Fierstein
- Rob Epstein
- This movie is
- 1985 Sundance Film Festival®
- Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
- 1985 Academy Award®
- Best Documentary Feature
URUnrated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this documentary provides an unvarnished examination of a despicable act: the assassination of gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. Though the crime itself isn't shown, the buildup to it and the aftermath could be upsetting for viewers under 12. Teens and adults will find it a thought-provoking piece of history.
- Sexual Content
- Some kissing. Shirtless men dancing in the streets of San Francisco.
- Harvey Milk is assassinated. News footage shows cops running though City Hall and ambulances wailing. Some rioting after his death. Nothing gory but certainly upsetting.
- Occasional swearing, including "asshole" and "f--k." An interview subject uses the word "fruit" to describe Milk.
- Social Behavior
- No matter your beliefs, this is a powerful portrayal of civic engagement.
- Signage in Castro district shops, including Harvey Milk's camera shop. Mention of Coors beer in the context of a beverage boycott. Logos for TV channels.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it