The Times of Harvey Milk

1984 UR 1h 30m DVD

The Times of Harvey Milk

1984 UR 1h 30m DVD
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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.
Harvey Fierstein
Rob Epstein
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
UR -
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

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.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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