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The Times of Harvey Milk is a documentary about a gay man's achievements in the political world. Harvey Milk is visible throughout the movie in the form of old interviews, news stories, and documentary footage. He is considered to be the star of the film even though he was murdered before it was produced. The film chronicles Milk's life, including his work to revitalize his neighborhood, showing his efforts to eliminate discriminatory treatment based on sexual orientation, and examining the events leading up to his assassination in 1978. The movie also follows the trial of Milk's killer, Dan White, and his "Twinkie Defense" strategy. White's lawyers argued that he consumed so much unhealthy food that his judgment was impaired and he should not be responsible for his actions. The movie culminates with the results of Dan White's trail and the reactions of the citizens of San Francisco when the outcome is announced.