On November 27, 1978, Daniel James White walked into San Francisco's city hall. White had been elected to the city's Board of Supervisors in the 1977 election, Espousing what have become known as 'family values', he found himself increasingly in the minority on votes, and unable to to raise his family on the salary. He resigned on November 10, 1978, then changed his mind four days later. It was not up to him; Mayor George Moscone would have to reappoint him.
Moscone did not. On November 27, 1978, Daniel James White snuck into San Francisco's City Hall. He shot Moscone four times, killing him. White then walked across City Hall to Supervisor Harvey Milk's office and shot him five times, likewise killing him. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in California. White's trial introduced the term "Twinkie Defense" to the the judicial lexicon.
This movie won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In its examination of Milk's life and the aftermath of his murder, it is a model of how to tell such a story.
White served five years of a seven-year sentence, was paroled, and killed himself on October 21, 1985.
Current Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson was listed as a member of the Dan White Society in his college yearbook.
The Times of Harvey Milk
Action / Biography / Documentary / History
Tech specs720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
1 hr 30 min