MILK (2008)
Written by Dustin Lance Black
Directed by Gus Van Sant   

Sean Penn..................................Harvey Milk
Emile Hirsch...............................Cleve Jones
Josh Brolin..................................Dan White
Diego Luna...................................Jack Lira
James Franco...............................Scott Smith
Alison Pill............................Anne Kronenberg
Victor Garber.....................Mayor George Moscone
Denis O'Hare.................State Senator John Briggs
Joseph Cross...............................Dick Pabich
Stephen Spinella...........................Rick Stokes
Lucas Grabeel..........................Danny Nicoletta
Brandon Boyce..............................Jim Rivaldo
Howard Rosenman........................David Goodstein
Kelvin Yu.................................Michael Wong    

               FADE IN:

           1   INT. HARVEY'S KITCHEN - RECORDED WILL - NIGHT -                1   

               Close on a finger pressing the "record" button of a circa 
               1970's tape recorder.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         This is Harvey Milk speaking on Friday 
                         November 18th. This is to be played 
                         only in the event of my death by 

               REVEAL: HARVEY MILK, 48, sitting at his kitchen table in a 
               cluttered San Francisco apartment.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         During one of the early campaigns, I 
                         started opening my speeches with the 
                         same line and it sort of became my 

           2   EXT. CITY HALL - NIGHT                                         2   

               In street clothes, trying to corral an angry mob on City 
               Hall's steps, Harvey lifts a bullhorn.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hello, I'm Harvey Milk, and I'm here 
                         to recruit you.

           3   INT. HARVEY'S KITCHEN - RECORDED WILL - NIGHT                  3   

               Harvey at his kitchen table making his recording...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If I was speaking to a slightly 
                         hostile or mostly straight audience, 
                         I'd try to break the tension with a 

           4   INT. UNION HALL - NIGHT                                        4   

               Harvey is in a plain, ill fitting brown suit making a CAMPAIGN 
               SPEECH to a crowd of stone faced UNION BOYS.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I know, I know, I'm not what you 
                         were expecting, but I left my high 
                         heels at home.

               Harvey gets a LAUGH from the AUDIENCE.

           5   INT. HARVEY'S KITCHEN - RECORDED WILL - NIGHT                  5   

               RETURN TO: Harvey speaking into his tape recorder.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I fully realize that a person who 
                         stands for what I stand for - an 
                         activist, a gay activist - becomes 
                         the target or potential target for a 
                         person who is insecure, terrified, 
                         afraid or very disturbed themselves...

           6   INT. CITY HALL OFFICES - MONTAGE - DAY                         6   

               Hall, their walkie-talkies squawking. Something terrible has 
               happened. It's chaos.

               BODY BAG with a WHITE SHEET draped over it.

               The press rush to get a shot. The police officers quickly 
               load the body onto the elevator and disappear from sight.

           9   EXT. S.F. CITY HALL / FRONT STEPS - DAY                        9   

               A shell shocked DIANNE FEINSTEIN, 45, wades into a throng of 
               REPORTERS. Those surrounding her try to quiet the crowd.

                                     DIANNE FEINSTEIN
                         As President of the Board of 
                         Supervisors, it's my duty to make 
                         this announcement. Both Mayor Moscone 
                         and Supervisor Harvey Milk have been 
                         shot... and killed.

               GASPS from the REPORTERS. Dianne struggles to be heard.

                                     DIANNE FEINSTEIN (CONT'D)
                         Police are looking for a suspect... 
                         Supervisor Dan White.

          10   INT. ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL - DAY                               10   

               The very picture of loveliness, MARY-ANN WHITE, 28, finds 
               her husband DAN WHITE, 31, sitting in the pews praying. He's 
               a handsome, devout, all-American man in a three-piece suit.


               She sits by him. A weight hangs. He can't make eye contact.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Something has happened.

               She puts her arm around him, feels a gun at his side. She 
               holds him, firmly gripping the revolver in his holster, to 
               conceal, to keep him from using it, potentially on himself.

          11   INT. HARVEY'S KITCHEN - RECORDED WILL - NIGHT                 11   

               RETURN TO: Harvey speaking into his tape recorder...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Knowing that I could be assassinated 
                         at any moment, I feel it's important 
                         that some people should understand 
                         my thoughts. I think that--
                              (pauses, not sure 
                              what to say)
                         I wish I had time to explain 
                         everything I did. Almost everything 
                         that was done was done with an eye 
                         on the gay movement.

                                                              CUT TO BLACK:


          12   13 INT. NEW YORK SUBWAY PLATFORM - NIGHT                      12   

               TITLE: "New York City. 1970."

               HARVEY, 40, is HEADING UP THE STAIRS from the subway platform. 
               He is wearing a SUIT, but he's less than clean cut.

               His hair is brushing past his ears.

               HARVEY'S VERY INTERESTED POV: SCOTT SMITH, 22, a sexy curly 
               haired hippie in tight jeans and boots, is HEADING DOWN THE 
               THE STAIRS. Harvey tries to make eye contact.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hey. I'm Harvey.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (so what?)
                         Okay, Harvey...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Today's my birthday.
                              (Scott laughs)
                         No, today is actually my birthday.  
                         Well, tonight. At midnight.


                                     SCOTT SMITH

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         And, believe it or not, I don't have 
                         any plans. People took me out after 

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (looking him over)
                         Work? So, that would be... Let me 
                         guess. Ma Bell or AT&T.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The Great American Insurance Company. 
                         I'm part of the big, evil, corporate 
                         establishment that, let me guess, 
                         you think is the cause of every evil 
                         thing in the world from Vietnam to 
                         diaper rash.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         You left out bad breath.

               Falling for it, Harvey covers his mouth. Scott laughs. They 
               both smile, realizing they share a wry sense of humor.

               A TRAIN IS COMING, Harvey has to work fast.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         So... You're not going to let me 
                         celebrate my birthday all by myself 
                         are you?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (gently teasing)
                         Listen, Harvey, you're kind of cute 
                         for a suit... But I don't do guys 
                         over forty.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Well then, I'm in luck.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         How's that?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Because I'm still thirty-nine...
                              (showing Scott his 
                         And it's only eleven-fifteen.


          13   INT. HARVEY'S NEW YORK APARTMENT - NIGHT                      13   

               IN A TIGHT TWO-SHOT, Scott is pressed against a wall with 
               Harvey pressed against his back having sex. Harvey is the 
               aggressor, completely uninhibited.

               OPERA MUSIC PLAYS on a record player. (Wagner's Tristan and 

          14   INT. HARVEY'S NEW YORK APARTMENT - NIGHT                      14   

               Harvey feeds Scott spoonfuls of CREAM PIE from a TRAY FULL 
               of FOOD that rests on the bed between them. Ice cream, 
               cookies, milk, berries... It's over the top and adorable.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Where are you from?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Jackson, Mississippi.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Well, this isn't Jackson, but you 
                         still can't respond to every strange 
                         man you meet on a subway platform. 
                         It's too dangerous.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Now you tell me.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         There's nothing tougher than a New 
                         York City cop. They're arrogant, and 
                         they're everywhere. I'll show you 
                         the cruising spots, if you want, if 
                         you promise you'll be careful... 
                         little Scottie-san.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Are you on uppers or what?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No. This is just... plain old me.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         You're afraid of the cops?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm just discreet. I know a lot of 
                         people here. If they found out, I 
                         could lose my job.


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (meaning a closet 
                         Oh. You're one of "those."
                              (examines Harvey's 
                         I think you need a change of scenery. 
                         New friends.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I need a change.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (looks at the clock)
                         You're forty now.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (just the truth)
                         Forty years old and I haven't done a 
                         thing I'm proud of.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (re: the desert tray)
                         You keep eating like this and you'll 
                         be a fat ass by fifty.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (laughs it off)
                         No. Don't you worry. I won't make it 
                         to fifty.

               Scott distracts him, playful, like a newlywed at a wedding, 
               he rubs a slice of pie in Harvey's face.

               Harvey reacts. Wipes the pie from his eye, and tackles his 
               young, frisky new lover. They kiss. The mess getting 
               everywhere. Harvey brushes it out of Scott's hair.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                              (an idea, half-
                              jokingly, half-
                         Why don't we run away together?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Where to?

               NIGHT                                                         15   

               RETURN TO: Harvey speaks to the tape recorder. (Throughout 
               the film, these scenes should feel intimate, as if Harvey is 
               telling us things no one else knows.)


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         In those days, San Francisco was the 
                         place where everyone wanted to go... 
                         To drop out... To fall in love...

          16   INT. DODGE CHARGER - MONTAGE - (1972)                         16   

               8MM HOME MOVIE MONTAGE of Harvey and Scott DRESSED FULL-OUT 
               LIKE HIPPIES, long hair, beard, beads, sunglasses, driving 
               through the redwoods, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and into 
               San Francisco.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         But by 1972, The Haight was boarded 
                         up. Crime-filled. Drug-filled. The 
                         new place for us refugees was this 
                         run down Irish Catholic neighborhood 
                         in Eureka Valley. Six blocks square... 
                         The Castro.

          17   EXT. CASTRO STREET - DAY                                      17   

               Harvey lifts a Nikon camera and starts SNAPPING PHOTOS of 
               Castro Street.

               a LIQUOR STORE, empty buildings, boarded windows...

               Harvey points the camera toward The MARQUEE of the Castro 
               Theater, big letters spelling out... "C A S T R O..."

               Harvey points his camera across the street at the grayhaired, 
               OWNER of a liquor store. Harvey snaps PHOTOS of his face, an 
               expression of distrust.

               Harvey SNAPS a SIGN in the liquor shop window that reads: 

               Harvey's CAMERA focuses on TWO CUTE, YOUNG, HIPPIE BOYS 
               WALKING PAST, one puts his arm over the other. To Harvey's 
               eyes it's a very new site. It's overt. Thrilling.

               Harvey snaps a photo of an empty storefront with a FOR RENT 
               SIGN hanging out front.

          18   INT. HARVEY'S AND SCOTT'S EMPTY APARTMENT - DAY               18   

               The place is FILLED with OPERA MUSIC from a record player.  
               Harvey is loading a roll of film into his camera.

               Scott is getting high, lying in the sun that pours through 
               the large, empty windows.


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I cashed my last unemployment check 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Well, I hope you did something useful 
                         with it.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I bought an ounce of pot. I was just 
                         wondering if you had any plans, or 
                         thoughts... About us doing something 
                         to, you know, bring in an income.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Don't move.

               Harvey straddles Scott. He begins SNAPPING PHOTOS of him.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I suppose I can wait tables.

                         No way. I want you right here with 
                         me... Did you see place downstairs 
                         is for rent?

                                     SCOTT SMITH

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I was thinking we could open a shop 

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         What kind of shop?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         One with very little overhead. Not 
                         too much work... A little one, just 
                         like Morris and Minnie Milk of 
                         Woodmere, New York...

          19   EXT. CASTRO STREET CAMERA SHOP - DAY (1973)                   19   

               Harvey's empty store front has been converted to a CAMERA 
               STORE (with a few, not very impressive, products).

               Harvey is out on the sidewalk directing Scott who is inside 
               the store's large window hanging a sign: "CASTRO CAMERA."

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Just a little to the left...


               The old liquor store owner from earlier, MCCONNELLY, crosses 
               the street to watch. Harvey gives him a warm welcome:

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Hello there. I'm Harvey Milk.

                         You're the new renters?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Yes. Welcome to Castro Camera.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey extends his hand. McConnelly 
                         shakes, but is wary.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I want to join the, um... What is 
                         it? The Eureka Valley Merchant's 
                         Association. I want to help in any 
                         way possible. I'm no interloper.  A 
                         Jew perhaps, but I hope you'll forgive 

               McConnelly looks from Harvey to Scott in the window.

                         I don't think your application will 
                         be approved, Mr. Milk. This is a 
                         family neighborhood. Your kind are 
                         far more welcome on Haight street.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (trying to keep it 
                         What "kind" do you mean, sir?

                              (not playing along)
                         The Merchant's Association will have 
                         the police pull your license if you 
                         open your doors.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Based on what law?

                         There's man's law and there's God's 
                         law in this neighborhood and in this 
                         City. The San Francisco Police force 
                         is happy to enforce either.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (to McConnelly as he 
                              walks away)
                         Thanks for the warm welcome to the 

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         We pay taxes you know!

               Harvey grabs Scott's hand... keeps him from heating up, from 
               pouncing. It's not the time for them to bite yet.


               Scott is sitting on the bed, while Harvey is TALKING A MILE 
               A MINUTE FROM THE KITCHEN, totally energized.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We'll form our own business 
                         association! Start with the gay-owned 
                         businesses... We'll take down the 
                         addresses of every customer that 
                         comes in for a roll of film. We'll 
                         ask them what they want to see done 
                         here... what they want changed... 
                         We'll get money rolling into this 
                         neighborhood. Revitalize it...

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Can I come in now?

                                     HARVEY MILK (O.S.)
                         One more minute!
                              (back to his new scheme)
                         I'll go to the neighborhood banks.  
                         They must have some gay customers.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey. What's with all this political 
                         activist crap? I thought you were a 
                         goddamn Republican.

               Harvey walks into the small dining room holding two plates 
               of food. He sets them out on a small dining room table, still 
               rambling on to Scott in the bedroom.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm a businessman, Scott. I think 
                         businesses ought to treat their 
                         customers right. Even their gay 
                         customers. For God's sake, this is 
                         San Francisco!


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey. It's just like every other 
                         city in this country. People hate 
                         us. Big surprise.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We should have at least one block in 
                         one city right? Start there and take 
                         over the neighborhood.
                              (a smile)
                         Okay, you can come in now!

               Scott heads toward the kitchen. The table is LAID OUT with a 
               home-cooked meal, CANDLES and a huge bouquet of FLOWERS.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Wow. This is--

               Harvey SMASHES A CREAM PIE into Scott's face. Payback.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Happy birthday!

               Scott chases Harvey around the apartment, trying to smear 
               some of the CREAM PIE onto him.

          21   EXT. THE CASTRO - DAY                                         21   

               The street is shut down for the first ever Castro Street 
               Fair. The crowd is mostly gay, the majority congregate outside 
               Toad Hall bar.

               ANGLE ON: SOME OF THE OLD-SCHOOL, IRISH LOCALS milling about, 
               eyeing the scene skeptically.

               Harvey MOVES THROUGH THE CROWD with Scott, shaking hands.

                                     MAN ON THE STREET
                         Thanks for the party, Mr. Milk!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Thanks for joining the Castro Village 

               Harvey arrives at A LONG LINE OF GAY MEN winding out of the 
               Irish liquor store (from earlier). He squeezes past them, 
               into the store, leaving Scott outside.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Excuse me gentleman... ladies.
                              (finding the shop 
                         Hello! Mr. McConnelly!


               McConnelly, at the register, is overwhelmed with all the new 

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         I just wanted to stop in and see how 
                         business was doing.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         So you don't mind all these 
                         homosexuals in here, do you?

               McConnelly grins, uncomfortable. The line of gay men is 
               curious about the hubbub. Point made, Harvey does a 180.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         No. No. Just a joke. Mr. McConnelly 
                         here loves our kind. Spend away!
                              (to McConnelly)
                         Tell your wife Hello for me.

               Harvey spots Scott in the crowd and PULLS HIM TOWARD HIM,

               KISSING HIM ON THE MOUTH. It's quite the show. They step 
               back out onto the street where an Irish band is now playing.

               Gay men watch. Some clap. Harvey grabs Scott and spins him 
               through a sharp waltz. OFF the pair at home in their new 

               NIGHT                                                         22   

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         And people started hanging around 
                         our store. Not customers.  Activists, 
                         kids, folks who needed a home away 
                         from home...

          23   EXT. CASTRO CAMERA - INTERCUT                                 23   

               A NEW sign goes in the window: "We are VERY open."

          24   INT. CASTRO CAMERA SHOP - DAY                                 24   

               A FEW YOUNG MEN are hanging out in the shop, the beginnings 
               of Harvey's entourage. Harvey moves among them, sharing a 
               clipped Sunday cartoon, lecturing them on politics or the 
               arts, and checking out the cute ones.


                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         There was Danny Niccoletta, a cute 
                         art student who I'd picked up at 
                         Toad Hall. Turns out he was also 
                         good at running the Camera Shop...  
                         something Scott and I found we had 
                         surprising little interest in...

               ON DANNY NICCOLETTA, young, waif-like, somewhat helpless.

                                     DANNY NICCOLETTA
                         Opera is passe, Harvey. It's about 
                         street theater, now.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         What you're not getting is the 
                         spectacle of it, the bigger than 
                         life emotions...

               Danny jumps up and IMITATES the LARGER THAN LIFE GESTURES of 
               an opera diva, making Harvey laugh.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Jim Rivaldo. A great mind. A great 
                         wit. A Harvard graduate, which nobody 
                         cared about, in those days, in the 
                         Castro... including himself.

               JIM RIVALDO flops down into the vintage dental chair that 
               sits in front of Harvey's desk. He seems to be looking for 
               something to occupy his keen mind. A sharply dressed young 
               man, 20s, DICK PABICH, walks up to peek over his shoulder.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         And somewhere along the line Jim 
                         picked up a protege, a cute political 
                         kid from Wisconsin... Dick Pabich... 
                         And of course there was Dennis Peron, 
                         who ran a very popular business with 
                         the new kids...

               DENNIS PERON hands Scott a FREE JOINT.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         And on occasion we actually had a 
                         real customer. But only occasionally.

               ACROSS THE ROOM, Scott is waiting on a CUSTOMER, he's out of 
               place: straight, gruff, a union man, ALLAN BAIRD, 40s.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey... This guy wants to talk to 


                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (approaches Allan)
                         Welcome. What can we do for you?

                                     ALLAN BAIRD
                         Hi, I'm Allan Baird. Teamsters 
                         representative, and Director of the 
                         Coors beer boycott in California.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Everyone, this is Allan Baird. He's 
                         a very big deal, so behave yourselves.

                                     ALLAN BAIRD
                         I was told you were like the Mayor 
                         of the Castro, said you organized 
                         the CVA, you might know some people 
                         in the bars.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I do have friends in awfully low 
                         places, but just so you know, it's 
                         not official yet.

                                     ALLAN BAIRD
                         What's that?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The Mayor part. I've considered 
                         gathering an army of queers to march 
                         up to City Hall and secede, but so 
                         far the young gays seem more 
                         interested in jeeps and jeans. But 
                         if I could be of any use, I'm all 

                                     ALLAN BAIRD
                         We can't get Coors to go union.  
                         These guys are like me, they can't 
                         be out of work too long.

               Harvey pulls Allan aside, away from the audience, easing his 
               nerves. It's Harvey at his best.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm just curious. Are we your first 
                         stop or your last?

                                     ALLAN BAIRD
                              (clearly his last)
                         It's been a tough one, Mr. Milk.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Well, you seem to have noticed that 
                         my kind of people drink a lot of 
                         beer. If we're going to fast for 
                         your sake, I think we should get to 
                         deliver some of it when you win this 
                         fight, don't you?

                                     ALLAN BAIRD
                         Is that what you really want?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         And allies. I'll have Coors out of 
                         every bar in the Castro by the end 
                         of the week. Deal?

                                     ALLAN BAIRD
                              (nods, sincere)
                         Thank you Mr. Milk.

               JUMP TO: Allan is on his way out. Harvey walks back behind 
               the counter to Scott.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No more Coors beer. It's gotta come 
                         out of every bar. Gay and straight.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         What's he giving you?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Nothing for me. That's a convert.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         A convert to what?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The cause.

          25   INT. VARIOUS SAN FRANCISCO BARS - PHOTO MONTAGE               25   

               A STILL PHOTO MONTAGE: Jim, Dick, Scott and Danny get bar 
               owners throughout San Francisco to unscrew their Coors taps, 
               throw out their Coors stock, put on "Boycott Coors" buttons 
               and tape up "Dump Coors" posters.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         I got "my people" to get Coors out 
                         of all the Gay Bars. 30 million 
                         bottles worth in San Francisco alone. 
                         Coors beer immediately fell from 
                         number 1. They caved. One week later, 
                         union man Allan Baird hired the first


                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         ever openly gay union boys to drive 
                         Teamsters trucks...  We weren't just 
                         a group of pansies anymore. We had a 
                         neighborhood. We had the unions. And 
                         for the first time, we had a little 
                         bit of power.

               NIGHT                                                         26   

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Maybe that was the day someone first 
                         called me the "Mayor" of Castro 
                              (a knowing grin)
                         Or perhaps I invented it myself.

          27   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - ANOTHER NIGHT                            27   

               Harvey, Jim & Dick, Scott, Danny and Dennis debate the merits 
               of working within "the system" versus dropping out. Everyone 
               is talking over each other...

               A YOUNG GAY MAN runs into the store.

                                     YOUNG GAY MAN
                         The fucking cops, man, they're up on 
                         Castro Street! Toad Hall.

               Harvey and the guys race out of the store.

          28   EXT. CASTRO STREET - DAY                                      28   

               Harvey, Scott, Jim, Dick, Dennis run up the street toward 
               one of the Castro GAY BARS where POLICE ARE GETTING OUT OF 
               SQUAD CARS AND APPROACHING CUSTOMERS crowding around the 

                         Clear the sidewalk!

               Some of the GAY MEN move out of the COPS' way but some of 
               them don't move FAST ENOUGH. The COPS start BEATING them.

               Harvey, Scott and the OTHERS try to break into the crowd, to 
               get closer to the fight. To pull the cops off their friends.

               Danny HANGS BACK, snapping PHOTOS of the event.

               Scott SHOVES his way past the cops. A COP BRINGS HIS NIGHT 
               STICK down hard on SCOTT'S HEAD.


          29   INT. HARVEY'S AND SCOTT'S BATHROOM - THAT NIGHT               29   

               Scott sits on the toilet. Harvey rinses blood from a white 
               washcloth and goes back to cleaning Scott's HEAD WOUND.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         ...if we had someone in the government 
                         who saw things the way we see them, 
                         the way the black community has black 
                         leaders who look out for their 

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         You're gonna run for Supervisor, is 
                         that the idea?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I could go right for mayor, but I 
                         think I should work my way up to 
                         it... You'll be my campaign manager.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Because I have so much experience in 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Politics is theater. It doesn't matter 
                         if you win. You make a statement. 
                         You say, "I'm here, pay attention to 

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey, you do that every time you 
                         cross the street.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Coors looks like it might cave. The 
                         union boys will owe me. Imagine if 
                         we get their vote... It'll be fun!

                                     SCOTT SMITH

               Harvey starts kissing him all over.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We'll make it a spectacle.

          30   EXT. CASTRO STREET - DAY                                      30   

               Harvey walks down to Market St. with a box. He waves, shakes, 
               flirts with everyone. His warmest hello is from a gruff UNION 
               MAN. Behind Harvey, Scott pushes a loaded shopping cart.


               Harvey sets his box down right beside a SFPD OFFICER.  It 
               reads, "Soap Box." Harvey steps onto it. A crowd forms.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         A week ago, Police officers came 
                         into our area with covered up badges 
                         and sent fourteen of our people to 
                         the hospitals, and to jail. The 
                         charges, "Blocking a Sidewalk."

               Like a round girl at a boxing match, Scott parades around a 
               blown up PHOTO from his shopping cart: TWO SF COPS DRAGGING 
               GAY MEN INTO A PADDY WAGON.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         --Let us have our tax money go for 
                         our protection and not our 
                         persecution. Worry about gun control 
                         and not marijuana control.  School 
                         supplies, seniors, not what books I 

               Scott displays an old "Muscle Boys" magazine. Harvey does a 
               well timed take. A few hoots from the eclectic crowd.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         My fellow degenerates, I would like 
                         to announce my candidacy for San 
                         Francisco City Supervisor!

               Scott unfurls three hand made "MILK FOR CITY SUPERVISOR" 
               banners that lap over the sides of the shopping cart.


               WE SEE SCOTT, DANNY, JIM handing out FLYERS to a variety of 
               SF CITIZENS: gay boys, older people, Chinese people, scared 
               straight people, heckling high school boys.

               Harvey EAGERLY APPROACHES anyone and everyone, shaking hands 
               if they'll let him, reaching out to old people, straight 
               people, gay people, even buttoned down BUSINESSMEN who cross 
               the street to try to get away from him.

          32   EXT. THE CASTRO/18TH AND CASTRO - DAY                         32   

               Harvey hands out campaign literature to a PASSERSBY.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Public dental care for retired 
                         people... Legalize pot, vote Milk.

               Harvey is distracted. A young, long haired CLEVE JONES passes. 
               At 18, he looks 15. Harvey tries for his attention:


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Hey, I like the way your pants fit... 
                         Where are you from, kid?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Sorry old man, not interested.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Where's home?

                                     CLEVE JONES

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm Harvey Milk. I'm running for 
                         Supervisor. What's your name?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Cleve... Jones.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Well Mr. Jones, we should walk up to 
                         my camera shop and register you.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Fuck that. Elections of any kind are 
                         a bourgeois affectation.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Is that right? Do you trick up on 
                         Polk Street?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                              (only half-joking)
                         If I need the cash... But I'm 
                         selective about my clients.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Tell me one thing before you get 
                         back to work then. What was it like 
                         to be a little queer in Phoenix?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I faked a lung disease to get out of 
                         PE. So what? What are you, some kind 
                         of street shrink?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Sometimes. But what I'm saying is, 
                         Phoenix can change. But we have to 
                         start with our street: rent control, 
                         police abuse, pot, parks, seniors.


                                     CLEVE JONES
                              (turns to go)
                         Well, good luck with all that.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You know what I think, Cleve Jones?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         That you're gonna get somewhere if 
                         you keep talking?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No. That you need to do what you're 
                         good at. Be a prick. Fight City Hall. 
                         Fight the cops. Fight the people who 
                         made you come here to do what you 

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Sorry old man, I'm leaving for Spain 
                         tomorrow. Europe. Got all the cash I 
                         need in my back pocket.

               A GROUP OF CLEVE'S FRIENDS shout at him to join them. Harvey 
               watches him dart across the street to his friends.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         I didn't come out until very late in 
                         life. There was nobody to--

          33   INT. FLASH FORWARD - HARVEY'S KITCHEN - RECORDED WILL         33   

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         --look up to, no hope for a better 
                         life. Those that did were outcast... 
                         arrested.. suicide. And the young 
                         ones, who did escape home... and who 
                         arrive in San Francisco, and then 

          34   EXT. CHURCH STREET - EVENING                                  34   

               ANGLE ON: PARAMEDICS placing a BLOODY VICTIM into a BODY 

                         The "fruit" was walking home with 
                         his "trick" when they were jumped.

               REVEAL: Harvey picks a blood stained whistle up off the 
               street, the man's last attempt to call for help.


                                     COP (CONT'D)
                              (from the victim's 
                         Name's Robert Hillsborough. Did you 
                         know him?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         He used to come into my shop. Are 
                         there any witnesses?

                         Just the "trick." Jerry Taylor.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Jerry wasn't a trick. They were 

                         Call it what you will. He's our only 
                         witness and he says he can't identify 
                         the attackers.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         There'd be a dozen witnesses if they 
                         thought you boys had any real interest 
                         in keeping them safe.

                         You're the Mayor of Castro Street 
                         now, right Harvey? You really wanna 
                         help? Get your people to show some 
                         discretion on the streets, huh?

               HARVEY'S POV: The PARAMEDICS pull up the zipper on the body 
               bag. We follow the zipper past the victim's bloody hands, 
               his torso, his face.

          35   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - DAY                                      35   

               glimpse of the PHOTOS and see naked skin).

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         Well, it looks like the big guns and 
                         the rich gays in San Francisco are 
                         going to back Dianne Feinstein and 
                         other straight candidates they 
                         consider "gay-friendly."

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Who cares about those old queens?

               Scott is laying down on THE BIG RED COUCH.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Why isn't my campaign manager leading 
                         the meeting?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I'm beat, Harvey. I passed out flyers 
                         for seven hours straight.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         In the bathhouse?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (giving it right back)
                         People in bathhouses vote. I'm tired. 
                         I'm taking a nap.

               Scott heads up the stairs to their apartment.

               A CUSTOMER comes in. Danny quickly gathers the REVEALING 
               PHOTOS and puts them back in the envelope.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Just checking the exposure. That a 
                         new boyfriend? He's very cute.

                              (taking the photos, 
                         Um... Thanks, Harvey.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (to Jim)
                         So who are these so-called "gay 
                         leaders?" And who appointed them?  
                         And what are you suggesting, Jim, 
                         that I'm supposed to go and solicit 
                         their endorsement?

               the mail, casually reading a letter, then rising and 
               approaching Harvey.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We're down here, on the streets, 
                         trying to help people, so where they 
                         hell are they?

                                     DICK PABICH
                         David Goodstein is the publisher of 
                         The Advocate and he has a house--


                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         A mansion--

                                     DICK PABICH
                         --in Atherton.

                              (clearly shaken)
                         Harvey, you should read this.

               CLOSE ON THE LETTER as it goes from Thelma to Harvey.

          36   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT / KITCHEN - LATER                     36   

               Scott reads the LETTER. Harvey sits VERY STILL.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         "Harvey Milk will have a dream journey 
                         and nightmare to hell, a night of 
                         horror. You will be stabbed and have 
                         your genitals, cock, balls, prick 
                         cut off."
                         I'm calling the police.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         They probably wrote it.
                              (off Scott's anxiety)
                         Hey, If somebody tries to kill me, 
                         I'll get the sympathy vote, right?  
                         Could be just the push we need.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         You think this is funny?  Look at 

               Reluctantly, Harvey takes the letter from Scott.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         It's a complete joke. No rhythm. No 
                         humor. It's insulting.

               CLOSE ON THE LETTER: Someone has drawn a STICK FIGURE of 
               Harvey being tortured - bullets, knives, fire, etc. Harvey 
               makes a DECISION: He sticks the DRAWING to the refrigerator, 
               the first thing he'll see in the morning.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Don't do that.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If you put it away, hide it in a 
                         drawer, it'll just get bigger and 
                         scarier. Now it's there. We'll see 
                         it every day. It can't get us.


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         All this energy... to make yourself 
                         a target. And what for? Something we 
                         have no chance to win.

               Harvey wraps his arms around him.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I keep telling you, it's not just 
                         about winning.

          37   EXT. DAVID GOODSTEIN'S MANSION - DAY                          37   

               Harvey, in his work boots and jeans, watches as a LARGE GATE 
               SLIDES OPEN allowing his entry. Scott, even scruffier looking 
               than Harvey, stands next to him.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         The "top gays" in San Francisco were 
                         David Goodstein and his lawyer 
                         sidekick Rick Stokes. David was a

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         rich old queen who'd bought the 
                         biggest gay magazine, The Advocate.  
                         He had it delivered to subscribers 
                         in brown paper bags so no-one would 
                         know... That's how he lived his life, 
                         covered up, discreet.

               Harvey and Scott are shown to the pool area by a HOUSE BOY.

               Statues and potted plants and expensive marble. Everything 
               shouts "GOOD TASTE!"

               Scott strips off his clothes and DIVES INTO THE POOL.

          38   EXT. GOODSTEIN'S POOL - LATER                                 38   

               Harvey has lunch with the "gay establishment": DAVID 
               GOODSTEIN, 58, gold and turquoise jewelry, and Goodstein's 
               protégé, RICK STOKES, 45, reserved.

               Rick can't keep his eyes off naked Scott in the pool.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         I worked for a financial institution. 
                         I was very discreet.  But someone 
                         spotted me at the opera, sitting in 
                         a box, next to my lover. And I was 
                         fired. That's when I decided to do 
                         something. So I bought The Advocate. 
                         And I use my money and my influence 
                         in quiet ways, to do what I can...


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Endorsing straight candidates is 
                         what you think is best to help us?

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         Yes, if they're friendly to our cause.

                                     RICK STOKES
                         Politics is complicated in San 
                         Francisco, and Supervisor is a 
                         citywide office. Political alliances 
                         need to be built. You can't simply 
                         move here from across the country 
                         and run for office.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         But I am running for office. I'm on 
                         the ballot. I have the union rank 
                         and file, the seniors, and I could 
                         use your magazine's endorsement.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         Harvey, we're like the Catholic 
                         church. We welcome converts, but we 
                         don't make them Pope the same day.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         And why haven't you run?

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         It's too early for a gay candidate 
                         for Supervisor. Especially one from 
                         the Castro. It's bad for the 
                         community's image.

               Scott climbs out of the pool and sits at the table, naked 
               and sopping wet.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         What's wrong with the Castro?

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         Nobody works there. It's all sex and 
                         drugs and more sex and no one taking 
                         responsibility for their own problems.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The cops come into our neighborhood 
                         and beat us. They turn a blind eye 
                         if one of us is murdered.


                                     RICK STOKES
                         Then we file a lawsuit against the 
                         city. We go to our political allies 
                         in City Hall...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         There are no real gay allies. Yes, 
                         our friends may sense our struggle, 
                         but they can't feel it. It's not 
                         life or death for them. We need our 
                         own in office.

                                     RICK STOKES
                         You can't demand acceptance overnight.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Why not? How can we ask them to 
                         respect us if we don't show ourselves 
                         some self respect, David.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         The more "out" you make us, the more 
                         you incite them. Step back and quiet 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Go back into the closet? Is that 
                         what you're saying? Because I know 
                         the closet. I lived in it for more 
                         years than I care to remember.
                              (rising to go)
                         I don't need your endorsement. I'm 
                         not asking anyone for acceptance.  I 
                         don't have time to ask.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         For you, politics is a game, a lark. 
                         Like putting on a rock festival or 
                         staging a "love-in."  You're too old 
                         to be a hippie, Harvey Milk!

               Harvey turns around, ready for a fight.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm not a candidate, I'm part of a 
                         movement. The movement is the 
                         candidate. There's a difference. You 
                         don't see the difference. But I do.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (getting Harvey out)
                         Thanks for the swim. I'm sorry I 
                         pissed in your pool.


          39   EXT. THE CASTRO - ELECTION DAY                                39   

               A SLOW MOTION MONTAGE OF: the citizens of the Castro are 
               turning out to vote. Young, old, gay, straight... but a weight 
               hangs over the day.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         When the vote came in on election 
                         day... out of 32 candidates vying 
                         for 6 seats... We came in 10th.  
                         Just a handful short of being the 
                         first big eared, gay as a three-dollar-
                         bill, cock sucker ever elected to 
                         public office.

               NIGHT                                                         40   

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         So... I went for it again in '75...  
                         with just a few... minor...  

          41   INT. SECOND HAND STORE IN THE CASTRO - DAY                    41   

               CLOSE ON: Harvey looking through a hole in the bottom of a 
               pair of well worn wing-tips. He tries them on anyhow.

               JUMP TO: Harvey steps out of a dressing room in a brown suit.

               His hair is cut short, his face is shaven clean. It's quite 
               a transformation. Scott and the old owner, LILY, size him 

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         No. Not cute. The shoes are hideous 
                         and I hate your hair. You're not 
                         fooling anybody.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm not gonna let the Pacific Heights 
                         biddies write me off again because 
                         of a ponytail. I like it.

               Scott is horrified. Harvey pulls a pair of movie ticket stubs 
               from its inner pocket.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Cabaret? For two? Lily, is this from 
                         one of my kind?

                         No, no. You won't run into the owner. 
                         He died in that suit.


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         This isn't sexy, Harvey.

               Harvey grabs Scott, kisses him. Then playful:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Too bad. No more pot, no more bath 
                         houses for me and little poo.

          42   INT/EXT. CASTRO CAMERA - DAY                                  42   

               MONTAGE: More ACTIVITY inside and outside the shop. More 
               VOLUNTEERS. The printing press burns through flyers.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         We ran and we lost the Supervisors 
                         race a second time in '75, but with 
                         more votes than ever. So in 1976, 
                         against everyone's advice, I really 
                         pissed off the Democratic political 
                         power houses, because I ran against 
                         "their boy"--


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         --Art Agnos, a part of their 
                         "Political Machine." And this time 
                         we weren't running for City 
                         Supervisor. This time it was bigger, 
                         California State Assembly.


               It's a firestorm of words as Harvey debates Art Agnos.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         It's a racket. It's 1976 and you 
                         still have to be straight, white, 
                         Catholic and male to get into the 
                         San Francisco police force. It's 
                         Racist. Homophobic.

                                     ART AGNOS
                         How many people do you consider 
                         enemies, Harvey? I've counted five 

               Art smiles. Chuckles flutter through the audience.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You're right, Art. And many are your 
                         closest friends. You see, I don't 
                         think State Assembly seats should be


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         awarded on the basis of service to 
                         the Democrat Machine.  Machines 
                         operate on oil and grease.  They're 
                         dirty, dehumanizing, and too often 
                         unresponsive to any needs but those 
                         of the operator.

                                     ART AGNOS
                         Mr. Milk, I've worked for years as a 
                         social worker in this city. I know 
                         Sacramento. I know how to get done 
                         what we all need done there.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Tell me Mr. Agnos... right here in 
                         the Castro, Robert Hillsbourough was 
                         murdered for walking home with his 
                         long time partner.  Stabbed, fifteen 
                         times. The last words he heard were 
                         "Faggot, Faggot, Faggot..." And you 
                         say you're outraged, but why won't 
                         your liberal establishment return 
                         our calls? Why won't they bring these 
                         murderers to justice?

          44   EXT. HASTINGS COLLEGE OF LAW - LATER                          44   

               Art Agnos puts his arm around Harvey as they walk out.

                                     ART AGNOS
                         You know Harv', your whole rap's a 
                         real downer.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         My God, you're handsome up close. I 
                         can't tell you how much I'm looking 
                         forward to licking you... in the 

                                     ART AGNOS
                         You talk a lot about what you're 
                         against. What are you for? In this 
                         town, you gotta give em' a reason 
                         for optimism or you're cooked.

               Art gets into his car and goes. Harvey has no car. He stops 
               and PONDERS ART'S WORDS... They stick with him.

          45   INT. HARVEY'S AND SCOTT'S APARTMENT - EVENING                 45   

               Scott tries to make a simple meal of pasta, struggling to 
               operate in the kitchen that is filled with Harvey's POLITICAL 
               ENTOURAGE and VOLUNTEERS.


               He finds Harvey, Jim, and Dick having an impromptu strategy 
               meeting in the adjoining bedroom.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey. Dinner.

                         ... get some union boys in the 
                         audience, they love me...

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         I can't control who's in the 

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey, you need to eat something.  

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Scott steps back into the kitchen.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Ladies and Gentlemen. Our apartment 
                         is officially off limits.

               CHASES the VOLUNTEERS out of the kitchen, out of his 
               bedroom... down the stairs...

                                     SCOTT SMITH (CONT'D)
                         Downstairs. Time to go. Go. OUT!

               Harvey emerges, about to intervene.

                                     SCOTT SMITH (CONT'D)
                         Don't say anything.

               For once, Harvey keeps his mouth shut. Jim and Dick sneak 
               past Scott, sheepishly. When Scott and Harvey are alone...

                                     SCOTT SMITH (CONT'D)
                         Sit down and eat.

               Harvey and Scott eat dinner in tense silence.


                         If you say one thing about politics 
                         or your campaign or where you're 
                         speaking tonight or whose endorsement 
                         you need... I'll stab you with my 
                         fork I swear to God.


                         I just wanted to say... This is the 
                         most delicious meal I've ever eaten 
                         in my entire life.

               Harvey gives a warm smile. Scott gives a laugh, but he looks 
               like he's about to lose it.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If we lose this one, it'll be just 
                         me and you again. I promise.

               Scott nods. That's exactly what he needed to hear.

          46   EXT. THE CASTRO - NIGHT                                       46   

               Harvey walks Castro's streets alone, toward his apartment.

               A CAR PULLS UP BEHIND HARVEY. A MAN jumps out of the car, 
               and the driver speeds around the block. Harvey turns a corner.

               The man follows. Harvey picks up his pace. He searches his 
               pockets for a whistle, a weapon, and beelines it to his shop, 
               his nerves are failing him.

               He gets to the doorway of his camera store, and runs face 
               first into: CLEVE JONES. He's not the feisty young kid he 
               met on the street earlier. He's been sitting on Harvey's 
               steps, waiting with wet eyes.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (off Cleve's smile)
                         We should go inside.

               They do. Harvey locks the door behind them.

          47   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - LATER                                    47   

               Harvey pours two cups of coffee, and delivers one to Cleve 
               who is pulled away on the big red couch.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         You staying up with me?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The election's tomorrow. I won't 
                         sleep... Was he good looking?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         No. He was hideous.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hard to tell what's worse. With me, 
                         my boyfriends usually find better 
                         looking ones to cheat with.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I thought we were gonna spend the 
                         rest of our lives together.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Guess what, Cleve Jones.

                                     CLEVE JONES

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You're going to meet the most 
                         extraordinary men, the sexiest, 
                         brightest, funniest men, and you're 
                         going to fall in love with so many 
                         of them, and you won't know until 
                         the end of your life who your greatest 
                         friends were or your greatest love 

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Is that supposed to help?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Maybe a little. Or not.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I went to Spain last month... long 
                         story. In Barcelona, there was this 
                         memorial march for gay people who 
                         died under Franco. The police tried 
                         to break it up. It started a riot.  
                         A bullet ripped through a drag queens 
                         scalp, his wig flew off, but he kept 
                         fighting. There was blood literally 
                         running in the gutter.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We could have a revolution here too. 
                         But you can't just use the Castro to 
                         cruise. You gotta fight.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         You think you'll win?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Winning isn't my strong suit.


                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Well, I don't "do" losing.  Ever.  
                         Maybe I should run for office, and 
                         you can work for me.
                              (off Harvey's laugh)
                         If you can do it, I can do it.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Can you assemble a thousand people 
                         in an hour?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Yeah, sure.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         All right, if I run again, you're my 

                                     CLEVE JONES

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Polls open in 3 hours. Lets hit the 
                         bus stops.

          48   EXT. SAN FRANCISCO - DAY                                      48   

               Harvey is on the back of a motorcycle. The driver heads up 
               Market Street. Folks stand in voting lines, flags outside of 
               polling places. City Hall's tall dome grows nearer.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         And we lost that Assembly Race too, 
                         which made me a bona fide three-time, 
                         political loser.

          49   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - NIGHT                                    49   

               featuring runner up to Miss America, ANITA BRYANT.

                                     ANITA BRYANT (SINGING ON TV)
                         "Come to the Florida sunshine tree, 
                         great tasting orange juice naturally, 
                         orange juice with lots of vitamin c, 
                         from the Florida sunshine tree."

               Harvey is alone in the shop, surrounded by remnants of a 
               celebration party that never happened.

               Jim Rivaldo lets himself into the store. Jim has his maps 
               rolled up under his arm.


                                     JIM RIVALDO
                              (trying to cheer up 
                         We lost, but we lost by less! More 
                         votes than ever...
                              (Harvey fake grins)
                         I remember when that used to work.  
                         I want to show you something. This 
                         is remarkable.

               Jim starts laying out his trusty MAPS, color coded with 
               precinct results from that night.

                                     JIM RIVALDO (CONT'D)
                         The red is where you did best tonight. 
                         If we can get the initiative on 
                         district elections to pass, and we 
                         can -- we can -- our new Supervisor's 
                         District will go right up Market. 
                         Right around the Castro.

               The district Jim outlines is ALL BRIGHT RED.

                                     JIM RIVALDO (CONT'D)
                         If you run for Supervisor with this 
                         new district, it's a potential 
                         landslide. You'll be the first up-
                         front gay man elected to major office 
                         in the U.S.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I don't know if I have another one 
                         in me. Or Scott.

               But Harvey's gaze deceives his words. HOLD ON HARVEY - 
               contemplating a FOURTH run for office.

          50   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - EVENING                                  50   

               The GROUP gathers around the TV WHICH SHOWS NATIONWIDE NEWS 
               CLIPS OF ANITA BRYANT celebrating her election victory in 
               Florida (overturning a pro-gay statute).

               A CHYRON READS: "Landslide defeat for Florida Gay Rights 

                                     ANITA BRYANT (ON TV)
                         Tonight the laws of God and the 
                         cultural values of man have been 
                         vindicated. The people of Dade county, 
                         the normal majority, have said enough, 
                         enough, enough.


          51   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - THE SAME NIGHT                      51   


                                     TV REPORTER
                         Gays in Florida can now be removed 
                         from their jobs and prosecuted if 
                         their "deviant" lifestyles are 

               HARVEY'S POV OUT A WINDOW: FURIOUS GAYS pour out of the bars 
               BLOWING WHISTLES, raising TRASH CANS... It might turn into a 

                                     ANITA BRYANT (ON TV)
                         Gays can't reproduce, so they must 
                         recruit young people into their 

                                     TV REPORTER
                         Bryant, a spokeswoman for the orange 
                         juice industry, vowed to bring her 
                         campaign to the rest of the country...

               Harvey's PHONE RINGS. He snatches it up.

                                     HARVEY MILK

                                     BOY'S VOICE
                         I'm sorry sir. I um... I read about 
                         you in the paper.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm sorry. I can't talk right--

                                     BOY'S VOICE
                         Sir, I think I want to kill myself.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No. You don't want to do that.
                         Where do you live?

                                     BOY'S VOICE
                         In Minnesota.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You saw me in a paper in Minnesota?  
                         How'd I look?

                                     BOY'S VOICE
                         My folks are taking me to this place 
                         tomorrow. A hospital. To fix me.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         There's nothing wrong with you.  
                         Listen to me. You don't have to hurt 
                         yourself, okay? Are you there?
                              (only breathing from 
                              the other end)
                         Here's what you have to do. Are you 

                                     BOY'S VOICE

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Get on a bus. Go to the next biggest 
                         city. New York, San Francisco, LA, 
                         or even Minneapolis.  It doesn't 
                         matter. Just leave.
                              (off the boy's tears)
                         You won't be alone. There are people 
                         out here just like you who will 
                         welcome you and love you.  You're 
                         not sick. You're not wrong.  God 
                         does not hate you. Just leave.

                                     BOY'S VOICE
                         I can't.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Yes. You can. Just get on a bus.

                                     BOY'S VOICE
                         I can't... I can't walk, sir. I'm in 
                         a wheelchair... Sir. Are you there?

               Harvey FORCES HIMSELF TO SOUND CALM...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         That's okay. It's going to be okay.

               Over the phone, Harvey hears the SOUND OF AN ADULT VOICE, 
               someone finding the BOY on the phone, then...

               The LINE goes DEAD. It's all too much for Harvey. There's 
               nothing a speech or a pep talk can do to fix this. Harvey is 
               overwhelmed. Dick comes upstairs.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         Harvey, you better come down.  There's 
                         gonna be a riot.

               Moving in a daze, stunned by the call, Harvey digs out A 
               BULLHORN and heads out.


          52   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - SAME                                     52   

               FREY. A weight hangs. He doesn't follow...

          53   INT. CASTRO STREET BAR - NIGHT                                53   

               Cleve RUSHES into the bar (ON FIRE WITH RIGHTEOUS FURY) and 
               BLOWS A POLICE WHISTLE to get everyone's attention.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Out of the bar and into the streets! 
                         Anita Bryant is coming after you!

          54   EXT. CASTRO AND MARKET STREET - NIGHT                         54   

               Angry young men mill around the streets, their rage building.  
               Someone TOSSES a trash can and it ROLLS.

               A POLICEMAN in riot gear comes up to Harvey.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         POLICEMAN If you can't control em', 
                         we will.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Give me permission to march them.


                                     HARVEY MILK

          55   EXT. CASTRO AND MARKET STREET - MOMENTS LATER                 55   

               Surrounded by the massive crowd, HARVEY CLIMBS THE LARGE BOX 
               that covers the subway construction at Market and Castor.  
               It's a stage of sorts. Harvey lifts his bullhorn to his lips.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I know you are angry. I am angry.  
                         Follow me through the streets of San 
                         Francisco to share our anger!

               Harvey jumps down and begins walking, not sure if the mob 
               will follow. Finally, they do. Cleve catches up.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Are they following in back?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Yes. Where are we going?


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I don't know.
                              (off Cleve's concern)
                         We have to keep them moving.  Exhaust 
                         them. March them till they drop. We 
                         can't have a riot tonight.

               Harvey LIFTS THE BULLHORN. He starts a marching chant. The 
               crowd starts following along.

               JUMP TO: Gays glare at cops. Cops beat their nightsticks 
               against their chests and power poles. Anger burns as Harvey 
               marches the mob toward City Hall. Dick and Jim catch up.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         They're still too hot in back.  
                         They'll burn the joint down.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Help me turn them up Van Ness.  We'll 
                         go all the way to Broadway.

               Dick heads back to try and wrangle the crowd. Harvey continues 

          56   EXT. CITY HALL - LATER THAT NIGHT                             56   

               Harvey arrives, the crowd still hot. Cops beat their 
               nightsticks against their shields. Some jab protesters, trying 
               to incite a fight. Anger burns.

               Harvey climbs the steps, his stage. He lifts his bullhorn.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         My name is Harvey Milk... And I want 
                         to recruit you.

               The CROWD ROARS APPROVAL.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         I am here tonight to say, we will no 
                         longer sit quietly in our closets.  
                         We must fight. Not just in the Castro, 
                         or San Francisco, but everywhere the 
                         Anitas go. Anita Bryant did not win 
                         tonight. Anita Bryant has brought us 
                         together...  She is going to create 
                         a national gay force!
                              (The crowd ROARS)
                         And the young people in Richmond, 
                         Minnesota, or Jackson, Mississippi, 
                         or Woodmere, New York... Who are 
                         coming out and hearing Anita Bryant 
                         on television telling them that


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         they're wrong, they're sick, that 
                         there is no place for them in this 
                         great country, in this world... 
                         They're looking to us for something 
                              (his big moment, 
                              realizing his true 
                         And I say, we have to give them hope!


          57   INT. COMMUNITY CENTER - NIGHT                                 57   

               Harvey speaks to the "PARENT-TEACHERS UNITED FOR BETTER 
               SCHOOLS" group.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         --Hope for a better world... Hope 
                         for a better tomorrow... Hope for a 
                         better place to come to if the 
                         pressures at home are too great...

          58   INT. UNION HALL - NIGHT                                       58   

               Harvey speaks to a hall filled with TEAMSTERS.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hope for the worker who awakens from 
                         the American dream to find that all 
                         the jobs have left the country... We 
                         gotta give em' HOPE!


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                              (pre-lap, an intimate 
                         When San Francisco changed the voting 

               NIGHT                                                         59   

               Harvey is still speaking into the tape recorder...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         --they allowed people to elect 
                         Supervisors directly from their own 
                         neighborhoods. A black neighborhood 
                         could elect an African- American.


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Chinatown could elect a Chinese 
                         Supervisor... And the Castro could 
                         choose me or Rick Stokes. But decent 
                         art begs for balance, right? So little 
                         district 8, two miles south of The 

          60   EXT. DISTRICT 8 - DAN WHITE'S NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY              60   

               CAMERA MOVES ALONG THE STREET catching glimpses of churches, 
               shops and tidy houses.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         --promised to stay the same as ever. 
                         Conservative, Irish, Catholic and 
                         with just the right touch of poetry, 
                         they found themselves a handsome ex-

          61   INT. S.F. FIRE STATION 1977 - DAY                             61   

               DAN WHITE holds a small press conference. His words are fiery, 
               but his delivery and stage presence are lacking.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I'm not going to be forced out of 
                         San Francisco by splinter groups of 
                         social radicals, social deviants, 
                         and incorrigibles. You must realize 
                         there are thousands upon thousands 
                         of frustrated, angry people such as 
                         yourselves waiting to unleash a fury 
                         that will eradicate the malignancies 
                         which blight our beautiful city.

          62   INT. HARVEY MILK'S APARTMENT - DAY                            62   

               Harvey's suit is laid out. A record turns. Wagner blasts 
               from the windows. Scott is folding his clothes into a box.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Evelyn Lear's in town, at the Opera 
                         house in Tannhauser.

                                     SCOTT SMITH

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         What if she strolls into the Castro 
                         for a cocktail?
                              (Scott keeps packing)
                         Just one more. We can't let Rick 
                         Stokes take it.


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Let Rick have it. Nobody thinks you're 
                         a fraud here, Harvey. You're not in 
                         New York, you're not a closet case 
                         asshole anymore. People respect you 
                         here. Relax for a year.  Get us back 
                         on our feet.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If people are ever going to take me 
                         seriously, I have to win this one.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Since when did you care if anyone 
                         took you seriously?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Anita wants to put us all back in 
                         concentration camps. Rick Stokes is 
                         too weak to beat her back if she 
                         gets to California. I have to be in 
                         office to protect us from them.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I can't do another one.
                              (Harvey says nothing)
                         I'll be back for my sheets. If you're 
                         not here, I'll see you in the shop 
                         next week.

               Scott picks up his box of clothes and starts out of the 
               apartment. Harvey, not meaning a word:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If you leave me right now... I can 
                         find someone new.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I know. You're a catch.

               Scott leaves. Harvey is in shock, unable to comprehend the 
               loss. Unable/unwilling to reverse the choice he's made.

          63   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - DAY                                      63   

               The ENTOURAGE is completely caught up in the new campaign 
               (Cleve, Jim, Dick, and newcomer MICHAEL WONG, 23, asexual 
               and devoutly political). Harvey is RANTING, ripping down an 
               Assembly campaign poster.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         --Ring out the old, ring in the new. 
                         This is over. Done. I don't want to 
                         see anything that say's fucking


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Assembly. This three-time loser faggot 
                         is running for Supervisor goddamn 

               ANNE KRONENBERG, 23, parks her motorcycle outside, WALKS 
               INTO THE CAMERA SHOP, and plants herself behind HARVEY'S 
               DESK.  Cleve, Mike, Jim and Dick are STARING at Anne.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         Who the heck is she?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (suddenly cool)
                         Our new campaign manager. She called 
                         last week to volunteer and I asked 
                         her to help.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         Help or take over? What about Scott?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We need new blood.
                              (introducing them)
                         Guys... Anne Kronenberg.
                              (Off their puzzled 
                         She's a woman... A woman who likes 
                         women. Odd, isn't it?

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Hi guys. Mr. Milk... Rick Stokes 
                         isn't pulling out. He's officially 
                         filed to run against you. My friend 
                         at The Advocate says David Goodstein 
                         is backing him.

                                     MICHAEL WONG
                         A gay candidate against a gay 
                         candidate. It's unfortunate.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         They'll split the gay vote. The 
                         straights will divide and conquer.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Try to find out when they're going 
                         to announce.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         You replaced Scott with a lesbian?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Anne worked on a recycling campaign 
                         up North. She's very organized.


                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         How do you know she's not a plant 
                         from Rick Stokes' campaign?

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Are you guys always this paranoid?

                                     MICHAEL WONG
                         Yes. They take after Harvey.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Shouldn't you be doing someone's 

                                     MICHAEL WONG
                         Right after you redecorate my house.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                              (pointed at Jim Rivaldo)
                         Sir, my girlfriends say you guys 
                         don't like women. Just asking, is 
                         there a place for us in all this, or 
                         are you scared of girls?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Gentleman, we already have a tinker 
                         bell, a lotus-blossom, Jim and Dick 
                         in your three-piece suits. We need 
                         someone to manage things. A woman 
                         this time. She's the right price, 
                         and she has bigger balls than any of 

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Just give me whatever's left over in 
                         the register at the end of the day.  
                         So should I call the Chronicle about 
                         getting US an endorsement? No?

               OFF the group of misfits, considering the addition.

          64   INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE A LECTURE HALL - NIGHT                   64   

               PAN OFF: a large "RICK STOKES, SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 5" poster 
               to reveal Anne Kronenberg outside the hall handing "MILK" 
               signs to a long line of gathering women and lesbians who are 
               filing in.

               Flanked by a PEEVED AID, Rick Stokes rushes out of the lecture 
               hall and confronts Anne.

                                     RICK STOKES
                         Young lady, you must be confused.  
                         This is my night, not Mr. Milk's.


                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                              (as pleasant as can 
                         No, sir. I'm Harvey's new campaign 
                         manager. Anne Kronenberg.

                                     RICK STOKES
                         Then you should know this race is 
                         for District 5, the Castro, not for 
                         all of your lesbian... compadres--

               A tough lesbian kisses Anne and stares Rick down as she heads 
               in. Rick looks uncomfortable around all these women.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         I'm sorry. Are we distracting you, 
                         Mr. Stokes? I'd hate to screw you up 
                         on your big night.

               Dick runs up looking for more fliers. Taking Rick even more 
               off his game, Dick is flirtatious.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         Hi Rick, handsome suit. Annie, do 
                         you have any more hand cards?

                                     RICK STOKES
                         These people are not from this area. 
                         They need to leave. Now.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         Not true. Guess where we found them 
                         all, Rick? A slew of them. Way up on 
                         Valencia Street. Living right there 
                         in our district. And you see, as it 
                         turns out, Annie here is very, very 
                         popular with the ladies.

               Dick puts his arm around Anne. Rick is stupefied.

          65   EXT. SF STREET - DAY                                          65   

               Dozens of supporters hold "MILK for Supervisor" signs in a 
               long line along Market St. waving to commuters. Anne walks 
               the long line, handing out new signs to arriving volunteers.

               Harvey is handing out FLYERS. He is exhausted, his throat is 
               RAW. The campaign is nearly over.

               A WEIRD MOMENT: A BOY walks up to Harvey and hands him a 
               EYES lock into the BOY'S EYES.

               Harvey reads the FLIER: "Unite and Fight for Dan White."


               Harvey looks back to pat the BOY'S head, but he's gone. He 
               looks to the sidewalk for the kid... a parent... nothing...

          66   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - NIGHT                                    66   

               Harvey is still looking at the flier. Anne is leaving with a 
               stack of SF Chronicles. Cleve comes in, pulls one off her 
               stack, and looks for "the article."

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         They've accused me of many things, 
                         but never as blatant a lie as this.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         First ever newspaper endorsement.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                              (reading the article)
                         They endorsed you for being a good 
                         businessman? Has Scott read this?  
                         He'll piss himself.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Yeah? Go show him.
                              (Cleve starts to go)
                         Cleve, maybe you should go find a 
                         boy to celebrate with. Just in case.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I'm going to The Stud. Meet me out.

               Cleve goes. His energy is boundless. Harvey sits alone 
               watching the bargoers return home through his front window. 
               A bitter-sweetness lingers. A couple waves, one shouts out:

                                     GAY MAN
                         Gonna win this time, Milk?

               They walk on, not waiting for an answer.

               Then, a drunk, cute, Latino, JACK LIRA, 25, stops. He stares 
               in at the political ads in the window. Harvey watches him 
               sway drunk out of his mind, waiting for him to fall. The two 
               make eye contact. Harvey smiles. Jack tries to. Harvey picks 
               up a folding chair and walks it out to him.

                                     JACK LIRA
                              (re: poster in the 
                         You're more handsome in the posters.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Thank you. Where do you live?


                                     JACK LIRA
                              (too drunk to hear, 
                         ...Palomino's are my favorite horse. 
                         They're smart. They're fast and 
                         compact. Do you think I'm more like 
                         a Palomino or a Stallion?

               Jack smiles, out of his mind. Then he sits/falls down into 
               the chair, and slides off. Harvey stands above the passed 
               out young man. A newcomer. A wounded bird. Perfect.

          67   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                               67   

               Completely nude, Jack plays a tantalizing game of seduction, 
               allowing Harvey to hold him, then wriggling away... Dancing 
               against Harvey then BITING his shoulder... LYING on the bed, 
               then ROLLING away when Harvey tries to hold him...

               No TALK. No POLITICS. Just SEX. A perfect RELEASE for Harvey.

          68   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - LATER THAT NIGHT                    68   

               Harvey holds Jack after lovemaking.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         My father beat me when he found out... 
                         So I came here. I stay in this man's 
                         house. But I don't like him.

                         Shh, it's okay, now. No one's ever 
                         going to beat you again.

               A long, comforting beat between them.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         I love you.

                              (smiles, playful)
                         Do you even remember my name?
                              (a beat, Jack shakes 
                              his head, he can't 

                                     JACK LIRA
                         I love you, Harvey.

          69   INT. VOTING BOOTH - DAY                                       69   

               HARVEY stands in a voting booth. He goes down the list of 
               names. He finally punches the one next to "HARVEY MILK"


               District 5, and pulls the lever. The chads fall.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         And for the first time in my life, 
                         it all came together... the union 
                         boys, the women, the seniors, the 
                         minorities... All of the us's showed 

          70   EXT. CASTRO CAMERA - ELECTION NIGHT                           70   

               TV lights blast Castro Camera. A raucous crowd pours into 
               the streets to greet the roar of motorcycles. Anne pulls up 
               with the Sheriff on back. Harvey is passenger on a second 

               HARVEY IS VICTORIOUS! He is instantly swarmed.

          71   INT. CASTRO CAMERA - LATER                                    71   

               The Shop is packed. It's a giant celebration party. Anne and 
               Cleve are working the door. SCOTT SMITH WATCHES FROM THE 
               CROWD OUTSIDE THE SHOP as Rick Stokes and David Goodstein 
               try to get in.

                                     RICK STOKES
                         We just want to congratulate him.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I'm sorry. We're all full.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                              (seeing Harvey inside)
                         Harvey! Harvey!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         It's too crowded. Sorry!

               JACK LIRA shoves his way toward the door...

                                     JACK LIRA

               Harvey PULLS JACK INSIDE, right past Goodstein and Stokes.  

                                     HARVEY MILK

               But Scott fades into the CROWD. Harvey (with Jack at his 
               side) is pulled back into the party.


                                     CLEVE JONES
                              (eyeing Jack 
                         The new Mrs. Milk. I give it a week.

                                     JACK LIRA
                              (the crowd)
                         Harvey, is this all for you? Are you 
                         this famous?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No, darling. We do this all the time. 
                         Do you like it?

               Jim is calling out NAMES of the OTHER WINNERS.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         Carol Ruth Silver... Gordon Lau... 
                         It's the most liberal Board in years!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         What about Dan White? Did he win?

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         We'll deal with him tomorrow.

               Harvey is DOUSED with champagne.

               JUMP TO: Harvey is interviewed by a TV REPORTER. Jack squeezes 
               his way under Harvey's arm and into the picture.

                                     CHANNEL 5 REPORTER
                         Does this mean, as many straights 
                         are concerned, maybe the gays are 
                         taking over San Francisco? Are you 
                         going to be a Supervisor for all the 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I have to be. That's what I was 
                         elected for. I have to be there to 
                         open up the dialogue for the 
                         sensitivities of all people, all 
                         their problems, the problems that 
                         effect this city effect all of us.
                              (toasts the camera)
                         Thank you San Francisco! Thank you!

          72   EXT. MARKET STREET MONTAGE - DAY - JAN                        72   

               SET TO MUSIC: In his old brown suit, Harvey walks to City 
               Hall with a crowd of supporters. The familiar faces now 
               include Jack Lira.


          73   EXT. CITY HALL - DAY                                          73   

               On City Hall's steps, Mayor Moscone swears in HARVEY.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I, Harvey Milk, do solemnly swear 
                         that I will support and defend the 
                         Constitution of the United States 
                         and the Constitution of the State of 
                         California against all enemies, 
                         foreign and domestic; and that I 
                         will well and faithfully discharge 
                         the duties upon which I am about to 
                         enter and during such time as I hold 
                         the office of Supervisor, City and 
                         County of San Francisco.

               Bulbs FLASH. A light rain begins to fall. Umbrellas go up.

                                     HARVEY MILK(CONT'D) (CONT'D)
                         Anita Bryant said gay people brought 
                         the drought to California.  Looks to 
                         me like it's finally started raining!

               Cheers. Harvey is emboldened.

          74   INT. SCOTT'S APARTMENT / TV SET - MORNING                     74   

               Off a TV in Scott's NEW APARTMENT, we see a S.F. Morning 
               show featuring new Supervisors, Harvey Milk and Dan White.

                                     HOST (ON TV)
                         This will be the first time in many 
                         years that we've seen so many new 
                         faces on the Board of Supervisors.  
                         Do you think such diversity will 
                         cripple the Board?

                                     HARVEY MILK (ON TV)
                         The name of the game on the Board is 
                         six votes to get anything passed. 
                         So, like it or not, Dan and I are 
                         now in bed together...  politically 

               THE CAMERA REVEALS SCOTT watching the program. He's been up 
               all night.

                                     DAN WHITE (ON TV)
                         I've assured Harvey here that my 
                         brochure's comments about "social 
                         deviants" referred more to junkies 
                         than to his people. See, I'm about 
                         to have my first child. I have to


                                     DAN WHITE (ON TV) (CONT'D)
                         make sure this city remains a decent 
                         place to raise him.

          75   INT. TELEVISION STATION - MOMENTS LATER                       75   

               The segment over, sound assistants help Harvey and Dan remove 
               their microphones. Harvey tries to draw Dan in:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         How long were you a fireman, Dan?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         A couple of years.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         And before that... You were a police 

               Dan studies Harvey suspiciously... What's his point?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You have something against cops?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No. They tend to have something 
                         against me.
                              (seeing Dan react 
                         But firefighters. Now those are true 
                         heroes... They supported me in the 
                         last campaign. I support them fully.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I appreciate it.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I meant what I said. I'd like to 
                         work together.

               Dan hesitantly accepts Harvey's handshake. It's a step.

                                     DAN WHITE
                              (cracking a smile)
                         I'll see you at the office, Mr. Milk.

          76   INT. CITY HALL - DAY                                          76   

               Harvey goes through the metal detectors at the entrance and 
               finds Cleve in a NEW SUIT waiting for the elevator.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         What do you think of my new theater?


                                     CLEVE JONES
                         A bit over the top.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         What's with the suit?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I got it from a friend.

               Harvey leads Cleve from the elevator to the grand staircase.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         When you come here, I want you to 
                         wear the tightest jeans possible.  
                         Never blend in. And no elevators.  
                         Ever. Always take the stairs, you 
                         can make such a grand entrance going 
                         up the stairs.

          77   INT. CITY HALL / SUPERVISORS' OFFICES - MOMENTS LATER         77   

               Harvey leads Cleve down the hall of Supervisors' offices, 
               passing Dianne Feinstein's open door.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         And street talk only around Feinstein. 
                         Shit, goddamn, fuck, all that. It 
                         bugs the hell out of her.

               They arrive at his Lead Aide's desk: it's Anne Kronenberg.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Morning Annie, let's set Cleve up on 

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Will do.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Come into my office...

          78   INT. CITY HALL / HARVEY'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS                 78   

               Harvey walks in. Michael and Jim are in a strategy session.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The first order of business that 
                         will come out of this office is a 
                         city wide Gay Rights Ordinance.  
                         Just like the one Anita shot down in 
                         Dade County. What do you think, Lotus 

                                     MICHAEL WONG
                         I think it's good. Not great.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Then make it brilliant. I want Anita's 
                         attention here. In San Francisco. I 
                         want her to bring her fight to US... 
                         This Bill needs a unanimous vote. We 
                         need headlines.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         Dan White won't vote for this.

               Harvey puts his fingers to his lips and points down the hall, 
               indicating Dan is down there. Harvey whispers:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Dan's fine. He's just uneducated.  
                         We can teach him.

               Dan pops his head into Harvey's office.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Harvey, committee meets at 9:30.  
                         Oh, hi Michael, Jim.
                              (to Harvey)
                         Hey, did you get the invitation to 
                         my son's christening? I invited a 
                         few of the other supes as well.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'll be there.

                                     DAN WHITE

               All smiles, Dan leaves. Cleve mocks him. OFF Mike Wong's 
               expression: THAT WAS BIZARRE.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Are you going? 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hey. I'll let him christen me, if 
                         he'll vote for my Gay Rights 
                         Ordinance. We need allies. We need 

          79   EXT. THE CASTRO - TWILIGHT                                    79   

               The neighborhood is booming. Storefronts and sidewalks filled. 
               This is not the rundown Castro that Harvey moved into 3 years 

               Harvey heads home, greeted by his PROUD CONSTITUENTS.

               He stops at the CAMERA SHOP when he notices a BROKEN WINDOW 
               near the side entrance to his apartment.


          80   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - TWILIGHT                            80   

               Harvey RUSHES UP THE STAIRS into his apartment and finds:

               JACK LIRA - Lighting a candle on the table which has been 
               set for a lovely, romantic dinner.


                                     JACK LIRA
                         Welcome home, Harvey! I hope you're 
                         hungry. I only know how to cook one 
                         thing, but I make it good.

                         Did you... break in?

                                     JACK LIRA
                         I asked the boy downstairs to let me 


                                     JACK LIRA
                         He wouldn't let me in. So I came in 
                         this way. Your friends aren't very 
                         nice to me.

                              (avoiding the fight)
                         I have a Town Hall meeting tonight, 

                                     JACK LIRA
                         You work too hard. I'm sorry about 
                         your window. I'll fix it tomorrow.
                              (turning on the charm)
                         Are you surprised?!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Jack, I have to go. I have an 
                         invitation to a party tomorrow.  
                         Lots of rich people, politicians.  
                         We could get all dressed up...

               Jack turns up the music, takes Harvey's hands and guides him 
               through a simple dance.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         So I could be the first lady?

                                     HARVEY MILK


                                     JACK LIRA
                         I watched TV here today. All day. I 
                         saw All My Children. They killed 
                         Margo. I knew it was going to happen. 
                         They try and trick you but it never 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (enjoying this)
                         You always see it coming?

                                     JACK LIRA
                         What? Killing the blonde? Every time. 
                         I'm good with that.
                              (gets slow, sensual)
                         I think now the old lady is going to 
                         have an affair. Then she'll get killed 
                         or married. Always one or the other. 
                         Dead or married.

               Jack starts dancing with Harvey again. It's sweet, intimate.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If I make you a key, you won't break 
                         my windows again, right?

                                     JACK LIRA
                         That's right.

               The dance lesson is a lovely distraction. Harvey won't be 
               going back to work tonight.

          81   INT. CATHOLIC CHURCH - DAY                                    81   

               Harvey watches water pour over an INFANT BOY. He tries hard 
               to feel comfortable, but he's the only Jew, and likely the 
               only gay man at Dan's child's baptism.

               Dan looks to Harvey, the proud father. Harvey waves.

          82   INT. CATHOLIC CHURCH - LATER                                  82   

               Harvey and Dan have pulled themselves away.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm proposing a citywide ordinance.  
                         It ensures that a person who already 
                         has a job can't be fired for their 

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I'm not sure my constituents would 
                         favor that.

               Dan looks over to his WIFE and NEWBORN SON.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Is anyone else here from the Board?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You're the only one who showed up I 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Were you christened here?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Yes. Right here. Same Parish. My 
                         grandma immigrated here when this 
                         was an Irish Catholic city. The City 
                         of St. Francis... A lot's changed 
                         here since then.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You're more like one of us now...  
                         an outsider.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You're not like most homosexuals, 
                         are you, Harvey?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Do you know a lot of "homosexuals?"

                                     DAN WHITE
                              (smiles, then)
                         Say, where do you stand on the 
                         Psychiatric Center the City's been 
                         pushing into my district?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Well, I'd have to study it...

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Getting it out of my district was a 
                         key piece of my platform. It only 
                         attracts arsonist, rapists, all that, 
                         you know.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Sure, sure. A campaign promise.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         A big one.
                         What do you say we watch out for 
                         each other's interests? I'd like 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'd like that, too, Dan.


               Mary Ann White approaches with their child. It's awkward, as 
               if she's walked in on something intimate.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I'm sorry. Slipped into some shop 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The Gay Rights Ordinance. My fault.

                                     MARY ANN WHITE
                         Seems an inappropriate subject in 
                         here don't you think?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hey, don't knock it till you've tried 

               His attempt to break the tension goes down in flames. She 
               cracks a polite smile. They're from very different worlds.

          83   INT. HARVEY'S CITY HALL OFFICE - DAY                          83   

               Harvey is under pressure from his own advisors (Michael, 
               Dick, Cleve) to vote against Dan's bill.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         Supervisors Silver and Lau are asking 
                         you to vote to keep this Psychiatric 
                         Center in Dan's district. It'll go 
                         down 6 to 5 if you vote to get rid 
                         of it.

                                     MICHAEL WONG
                         It's a Youth Campus, Harvey. These 
                         are kids that would be displaced 
                         from their families if it's moved.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I can't just dump Dan. The guy's got 
                         nothing going for him. No friends...

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Here we go, Harvey to the rescue.  
                         Isn't it enough we have to put up 
                         with Jack?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Lay off. He registered 120 voters 
                         last week.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         So do any of your volunteers, but 
                         you don't make them all first lady.


                                     MICHAEL WONG
                         What does Dan White do for you?  
                         Really? Politically?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         He intrigues me... I think he may be 
                         one of us.

               Everyone groans. Cleve camps it up:

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Dear God, say it ain't so!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         It's just a theory...

                                     DICK PABICH
                         You just think he's cute.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No... I know what it's like to live 
                         that life. That lie. You can see it 
                         in Dan's eyes... The fear, the 

               Anne Kronenberg walks in. She's got that look in her eyes.  
               Something's up.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Good or Bad?

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Not great. State Senator John Briggs 
                         is Anita Bryant's go-to guy in 
                         California for sure. He's filed his 
                         petition for a statewide referendum 
                         to fire all gay teachers and anyone 
                         who supports them.

               A pall falls over the room. This is worse than expected.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         How many signatures will he need to 
                         qualify for the ballot?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Whatever. He can get them in two 
                         Sundays at church in Orange County.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (instead of fear, 
                              excitement bubbles 
                         This means the fight's coming here, 
                         where we can do something about it!  
                         Wichita's one thing, Kansas City.  
                         But Anita's heading for San Francisco! 
                         She's not going to know what hit 
                         her. Smile, children! This is the 
                         fight we've been waiting for.

          84   EXT. S.F. CITY HALL STEPS - DAY                               84   

               CA State Senator, JOHN BRIGGS, 47, delivers his message to 

               HARVEY AND HIS GROUP are amongst the crowd.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         My proposition promises to protect 
                         our children from these gay perverts 
                         and pedophiles who recruit our 
                         children to their deviant lifestyles, 
                         including the ones who do it in our 
                         public schools. It's time to root 
                         them out.

               In the crowd is teacher TOM AMMIANO, 36, colorful, worked 

                                     TOM AMMIANO
                         And how are you going to determine 
                         who's a homosexual?

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         Sir, my bill outlines procedures for 
                         identifying homosexuals.

                                     ANOTHER PROTESTER
                         How? Will you be sucking them off?

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         Sir, you can argue with me, but you 
                         cannot argue with God.

               It's getting ugly fast. Briggs is whisked away by TWO 
               OFFICERS. He trips off the curb and is quickly scooped up.

          85   INT. DAN WHITE'S HOME - DAY                                   85   

               Dan's house is filled with RELATIVES for a birthday 
               celebration. Dan is glued to the NEWS, watching BRIGGS.  


               Dan's RELATIVES gather around the TV. Mary Ann puts their 
               BABY into Dan's arms and returns to wrangling kids.


                                     HARVEY MILK (ON TV)
                         Look what happened in Germany. Now 
                         Anita Bryant already says that Jews 
                         and Muslims are going to hell, you 
                         know she's got a shopping list. We 
                         are not going to let John Briggs or 
                         Anita Bryant legislate bigotry in 
                         this city...

               Hold on Dan watching Harvey on TV.

          86   INT. UPSCALE SF HOUSE - NIGHT                                 86   

               Cleve and Anne sit in the entry way, Cleve in his tight jeans 
               and shirt. He's very out of place amongst all the suits.

               Harvey walks in. Cleve and Anne rush to his side. David 
               Goodstein and Rick Stokes turn to greet Milk.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         Hello, Harvey. Running late?
                              (Harvey doesn't stop)

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         Oh Harvey... your boyfriend is in 
                         the closet.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Excuse me, David?

                                     RICK STOKES
                         The Latino, he's locked himself in 
                         the coat room... Mr. Milk, Phil Burton 
                         is here. He's likely the next Speaker 
                         of the House and a much needed ally 
                         against Prop Six.  We don't need a 

          87   INT. UPSCALE S.F. HOUSE / COAT ROOM DOOR - MOMENTS LATER      87   

               Harvey is at the door. Jack is locked inside the room.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You're right, I know, I was late by 
                         twenty minutes. I'm sorry, Jack.

                                     JACK LIRA (O.S.)
                         Who were you with? Scott? Some boy?


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I was at work. Come out, sugar pea.

                                     JACK LIRA (O.S.)
                         No. You embarrassed me. I didn't 
                         know anyone. These are not good 
                         people. I don't want to be here.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Then go home, Jack.

                                     JACK LIRA (O.S.)
                         No. I'll wait for you. Go away.

               A tight smile from Harvey as he looks up to Cleve.

          88   INT. UPSCALE S.F. HOUSE / STUDY - LATER                       88   

               Harvey, Cleve and a dozen others are scattered about the 
               room for a meeting with the DEMOCRATIC PARTY ESTABLISHMENT. 
               U.S. Congressman PHIL BURTON, 51, leans on a desk, listening.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         The Briggs initiative is polling at 
                         75 percent for approval statewide.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         80 percent in other polls. Some even 
                         have us losing San Francisco.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                              (condescending to 
                         So it's important we not deceive 
                         people into thinking we can beat 
                         this, or we'll have riots and only 
                         increase this backlash.

                                     HARVEY JONES
                         Good point, David. Let's just roll 
                         right over. Make it easier for Briggs 
                         to fuck us up the ass.

               Rick and David are horrified. Phil Burton rises above it, 
               passing out copies of his new Anti-Briggs Initiative flier.

                                     PHIL BURTON
                         We're taking this very seriously in 
                         my office. We want to send one of 
                         these to every home in California.  
                         We'll need money to do that.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (reading the flier)
                         "Proposition Six is an affront to 
                         Human Rights. An invasion of the 
                         State into the private lives of 
                         California citizens."
                              (points to the pictures)
                         Does it even say the word gay on 
                         this thing? Anywhere?

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                         No Harvey, purposefully not.

                                     PHIL BURTON
                         With the heat bearing down on your 
                         movement right now, we think it's 
                         best to dodge the "gay" bullet. Go 
                         for the human rights angle.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         People need to know who's affected.  
                         This flier needs at least one old 
                         queen on it.
                              (a dig, to Goodstein)
                         Why don't you volunteer for that, 

                                     RICK STOKES
                              (an olive branch)
                         Corey Wares is an out gay--

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                              (cutting Rick him off)

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         This is shit. Shit and masturbation. 
                         It's a coward's response to a 
                         dangerous threat.

                                     DAVID GOODSTEIN
                              (a beat, then)
                         I think you should leave.

               In the face of Phil Burton, most the others seem to agree.

               out of the room.

          89   INT. UPSCALE SF HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER                         89   

               Harvey knocks on the coat check door.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Jack, it's time to go.
                              (to Cleve)
                         Get everyone together. I want young 
                         people, women, fresh heads.  Fighters 
                         and organizers, not politicians.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                              (as if Jack can't 
                         What about, S-C-O-T-T?

               OFF HARVEY, knowing Scott would be an asset. Jack opens the 
               door and grabs Harvey's hand. They go.

          90   INT. CLEVE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                                90   

               Harvey's clan is assembled (Jim, Dick, Mike, Cleve, Anne, 
               Jack, Denis) along with fiery teacher Tom Amiano and MANY 

               A HANDSOME PIZZA DELIVERY GUY is setting down boxes of pizzas. 
               They're in for the night. The atmosphere is 180 degrees 
               different from the previous stuffy meeting.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         We're not interested in working with 
                         those old Democratic Party shits.

               THE DOOR OPENS and someone new enters. He's HOLDING THE HAND 
               OF... SCOTT SMITH. They are obviously a new couple.

               Scott and his BOYFRIEND find a place on the floor. Harvey's 
               and Scott's EYES MEET across the room.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         But we can't afford infighting 
                         anymore, Cleve. We have to bring 
                         together every group. Even the old 
                         school Democrats.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (taking over)
                         Is anybody gonna pay the pizza guy, 
                         or are we just gonna stare?

               People start chipping in for the HANDSOME PIZZA GUY.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         If we're gonna convince the 90% to 
                         give a shit about us 10%... We have 
                         to let 'em know who we are.
                              (his big new idea)
                         Everybody's coming out. The entire 
                         state. No matter where they live.


                                     DICK PABICH
                         "Come out, come out, wherever you 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm serious.
                              (beat, the room gets 
                         We're going to tell everyone in the 
                         state to come out. Every gay doctor, 
                         lawyer, teacher, dog catcher... We 
                         have to leave the ghetto, let all 
                         those people out there know that 
                         they do know one of us. And if people 
                         won't step out of the closet, we 
                         open the door for them.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         The whole state is not San Francisco.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Clearly, Scott.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         It could be dangerous. There is such 
                         a thing as a right to privacy.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Privacy's our enemy. You want real 
                         political power? Let's tell the truth 
                         for a change. Starting here.  If 
                         there's anybody in this room, right 
                         now, who hasn't told their families, 
                         their friends, their employers... Do 
                         it. Now.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         My folks know already.

               A beat. The room is silent. Dick looks ill.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         I haven't told my father yet...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (a beat, then)
                         People vote two to one for us if 
                         they know just one of us.
                         Cleve, show Dick where you keep your 


                                     CLEVE JONES
                         It's in the bedroom.

               After a moment, Dick RISES and follows Cleve out of the room.

               People are stunned by Harvey's outrageous demand. Harvey 
               sees Scott GLARING at him.

          91   EXT. CLEVE'S APARTMENT / STAIRCASE - LATER                    91   

               The meeting is breaking up, and Scott lets his NEW BOYFRIEND 
               go ahead. Harvey ducks away from Jack and intercepts Scott.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I thought you were done with politics.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Politics. Not the movement. What the 
                         hell was that in there?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         The movement needs people to be 
                         upfront.  Why were you fighting me?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         You were the biggest closet case 
                         alive in New York. You told me and 
                         all your boyfriends to keep our traps 
                         shut. You were the hypocrite in there.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         My parents are gone. My brother knows. 
                         I'm sure they knew.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I had to listen to your phone calls 
                         home to Mom. Hear you deny that I 
                         existed. You want to be "normal" as 
                         bad as any of us. More than any of 
                         us... Those are kids in there.  You're 
                         asking them to lose their families.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If their families won't love them 
                         for who they are, who they really 
                         are, then they should lose them.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         That's fucking insane.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (re: Scott's new 
                         Who's he? Do you live together?


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Someone I'm seeing. He's good for 
                         me. He makes me stay home at nights, 
                         out of the bars...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (quietly, so Jack 
                              doesn't hear)
                         I miss you.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Oh, Harvey, don't...
                              (eyeing Jack down the 
                         What's that about?

                                     JACK LIRA
                              (calling out)

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         He needs me.


               He walks away from Harvey, leaving him alone.

          92   INT. CITY HALL / SUPERVISORS' CHAMBERS - DAY                  92   

               Dianne bangs her gavel like a mad woman. Harvey's adamant.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I have told no lies here today or to 
                         Supervisor White in the past--

                                     DIANNE FEINSTEIN
                         Supervisor Milk, you will come to 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         --I want it noted that I never 
                         promised to back moving any Mental 
                         Health Centers. I greatly respect 
                         Supervisor White, but I would like 
                         his remarks stricken.

                                     DIANNE FEINSTEIN
                         Duly noted. We will take a recess 
                         before recording the vote.

               Fellow Supervisor, CAROL RUTH SILVER, leans over to Harvey.

                                     CAROL RUTH SILVER
                         Thank you, Harvey.


               Harvey is preoccupied with Dan approaching. He leans back.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Can I have a moment with Harvey?  
                         Alone, please, Carol?

               She politely recognizes the tension and gets up.

                                     DAN WHITE (CONT'D)
                         Why are you turning on me like this 
                         at the last minute? What did I do?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I didn't have all the details. I'll 
                         help you craft a different version 
                         that doesn't displace any kids.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Harvey, I can't go back to my family 
                         and to my folks and to my district 
                         without this. Don't do this.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm getting a lot of pressure, Dan.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You strung me along. And now you're 
                         throwing me to the wolves.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You only need one more vote, Dan.  
                         There are 5 other Supervisors you 
                         could convince besides me.

               Dan grabs Harvey. It's threatening. A new side of Dan.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I'll vote against your Queer Law.  
                         I'll get Quentin against it.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         It'll still pass. You can't keep 
                         alienating yourself here, Dan.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I gave you a chance, Harvey. I really 
                         did. You blew it. You really blew 

               Dan goes, the rage of a scorned adolescent under his suit.

               NIGHT                                                         93   

               Harvey's mood has darkened as he talks into his recorder...


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Across the country, a handful of 
                         city councils had passed the very 
                         first ordinances protecting gay people 
                         against discrimination. But Anita 
                         Bryant and her right wing Christian 
                         fundamentalists were creating and 
                         exploiting and fanning a backlash. 
                         Now she had referenda to repeal all 
                         of these gay rights ordinances. While 
                         we were preparing for the battle 
                         against Briggs and Prop Six, Anita 
                         Bryant was taking her show on the 
                         road... sweeping the country. Her 
                         next stop was Wichita, Kansas.

          94   INT. TV NEWS REPORTS - NIGHT                                  94   

               CHYRON: "Landslide: Wichita says NO to Gays." Anita talks to 
               a REPORTER. BRIGGS is among the supporters at her side.

                                     ANITA BRYANT
                         I give thanks for all of our foot 
                         soldiers of God here in Wichita.  
                         But we must push on. Look what 
                         happened to Sodom and to the world 
                         of Noah. Onward Christian soldiers!

                              (lifting her hand 
                              with Briggs's)
                         On to California!

          95   I/E. TELEPHONE TREE MONTAGE / EFFECT - DAY                    95   

               A telephone tree MONTAGE starts with Cleve on a PAY PHONE on 
               Castro Street:

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Hi. We're losing Wichita. Rally 
                         tonight. Sundown. Market and Castro.

               A MULTIPLYING FRAME EFFECT: the person he called calls two 
               others, they call four, then more and more as the tree grows.

          96   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - THAT NIGHT                          96   

               that is still tacked up to his refrigerator.

               OUTSIDE: The SOUNDS of a RIOT in the making.

               Harvey rips down the threatening LETTER and throws it away.


          97   INT. CAMERA SHOP - CONTINUOUS                                 97   

               Harvey BOUNDS down the stairs and into the shop. Cleve RUSHES 
               into the store, breathless.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         They're moving. I don't know where, 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Did Jim call the press?
                              (shouting at Danny)
                         Get out there with your camera!

                                     DANNY NICCOLETTA
                         I'm going!

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Press is covered. But we don't have 
                         a permit to march.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (digs for his bullhorn)
                         When I got Coors out of the bars, 
                         the Union gave me this. I want you 
                         to have it.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         What do I do with this?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You're an activist. Take it. March 
                              (off Cleve, unsure)
                         March those people up to the front 
                         doors of City Hall. When it looks 
                         really bad, the city's first gay 
                         Supervisor will come out and play 
                         peacemaker. We save the city from a 
                         riot. We can turn this night into 
                         more political power for the cause.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I can't do it like you do it.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I won't always be here. Somebody 
                         else will have to take over.
                              (looking him in the 
                         I need you to be the scary one now.


          98   EXT. CASTRO AND MARKET STREET - NIGHT                         98   

               A massive, angry crowd has gathered. Baby-faced Cleve takes 
               a makeshift stage. He lifts the bullhorn and with nerves, 
               reads a speech. Its pages blow about.

               CLEVE'S POV: Harvey watches from afar. Encouraging him.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Forty years ago tonight, the gay 
                         citizens of Germany found out they 
                         no longer had civil rights.  Tomorrow 
                         morning, the gay citizens of Wichita 
                         will also awaken to find that they 
                         too have lost their civil rights. 
                         You have whistles. You use them when 
                         we have been attacked.  Tonight we 
                         have been attacked.

               Initially Cleve is successful, but then the crowd turns, 
               marching toward City Hall without him.

                                     CLEVE JONES (CONT'D)
                         Fuck. Shit. Harvey!

               Cleve runs as fast as he can to cut through the crowd, to 
               get to the front. He gets on his walkie-talkie.

                                     CLEVE JONES (CONT'D)
                         Get the press to the overpass!

               ON HARVEY: Ducking through EMPTY STREETS, trying to get AHEAD 
               OF THE CROWD and beat them to City Hall.

               Cleve gets to the head of the crowd.

                                     CLEVE JONES (CONT'D)
                         Move... Left... Move... Left...

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                              (charging up)
                         What are you doing? Where's Harvey?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         We're shutting down traffic, both 

               Cleve looks up at the press that's arrived on the overpass 
               above, and turns to two HIPPIE KIDS near the front.

                                     CLEVE JONES (CONT'D)
                         Disconnect the power arms!

               The boys climb up a trolley and knock down the power arms.  
               Sparks fly. Brakes squeal. The press snaps photos.


          99   INT. CASTRO STREET BAR - NIGHT                                99   

               The angry protesters march past the large glass windows of 
               TWIN PEAKS bar. Unlike the Dade County march, the bar is 
               empty. The patrons are already in the streets.

         100   INT. CITY HALL - LATER                                       100   

               Harvey RACES to his office. He stops at a mirror to straighten 
               his tie and collect himself.

               OUTSIDE: The SOUND of the ANGRY MOB on City Hall's front 
               steps. "Civil Rights or Civil War!" Someone THROWS A ROCK at 
               the City Hall doors.

               Harvey rushes out the front doors, pushing past the police 
               to greet THE MOB on City Hall's front steps. Through the 
               glass doors we see Cleve rush up and hand Harvey his bullhorn:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hello. My name is Harvey Milk, and I 
                         want to recruit you.
                              (AN ENORMOUS CHEER 
                         I want to recruit you for the fight 
                         to preserve our democracy against 
                         the Anita Bryants and John Briggs 
                         who are trying to legalize bigotry!  
                         We have a choice to make. The fight 
                         is at our doors. We must either go 
                         back in the closet and shut it tight, 
                         or fight... History shows that if we 
                         continue to fight, we...  will... 

         101   INT. CITY HALL / HARVEY'S OFFICE - DAY                       101   

               Jim, Dick, Anne, Michael, Frank and Cleve are all in the 
               office. The FRONT PAGE of the Examiner features a PICTURE OF 
               CLEVE AND HARVEY ARM IN ARM on City Hall's steps. Cleve is 
               jazzed. Harvey stews.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         They're calling it a "successful 
                         mediation." You're a God damn hero.  
                         Fuck. It came this close to a riot.

                         Lose the note cards next time. Your 
                         job is just to say into that bullhorn 
                         what they're all feeling.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         You're just jealous it wasn't you 
                         out there.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We're losing Prop Six by 60% and 
                         you're over there celebrating a riot. 
                         I need more visibility...
                              (the real problem:)
                         If we're going to beat this thing, 
                         we have to get Briggs to acknowledge 

               Harvey steps away, hot, pensive. Anne gets quiet.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Every paper's calling Prop Six the 
                         main event now. We lose this, we'll 
                         have anti-gay laws in all fifty 
                         states, and Briggs won't return our 
                         calls for a public debate.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         He's ignoring us to death.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (steaming back in)
                         We need something populist. What's 
                         the number one complaint about city 

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         The piss smell in the Tenderloin.

                                     HARVEY MILK

                                     FRANK ROBINSON
                         Dog shit.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         If you cleaned up all the dog shit 
                         in the city, you could be elected 

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         "Mayor Milk."

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I like it.

         102   EXT. SF SIDEWALKS - DAY                                      102   

               Cleve searches frantically for something... He SEES a pile 
               of DOG POOP. He scoops it up and runs it back to City Hall's 
               front lawn and plants it in the grass.


         103   EXT. CITY HALL / FRONT LAWN - MOMENTS LATER                  103   

               IN THE VERY SAME SPOT CLEVE JUST WAS: Harvey with a clump of 
               REPORTERS, a red and white "No on 6" button pinned to his 
               lapel (HENCEFORTH, IT'S A FIXTURE).

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Dog mess is a hazard, and on top of 
                         that, it's disgusting. Under the 
                         ordinance, dog owners that don't 
                         clean up can be fined. This really 
                         is the bottom line!

               He smiles at his own joke, punctuating it by "accidentally" 
               stepping in Cleve's well-placed dog shit. A BIG grin.  BULBS 
               FLASH. These flashes transition into:

         104   INT. CITY HALL / SUPERVISORS' CHAMBERS - DAY                 104   

               HARVEY STUDIES HIS OWN PHOTO on the FRONT PAGE of the 
               Chronicle, making his announcement about dog poop.

               The SUPERVISORS are assembled for a vote. The CLERK, 60, 
               wraps up his roll call

                         Supervisor Lau?

                                     GORDON LAU

                         Lau, Aye. Supervisor Silver?

                                     CAROL RUTH SILVER

                         Silver, Aye. Supervisor White?

                                     DAN WHITE

                         White, No. Madam President, I have 
                         ten ayes and one no.

               Dianne Feinstein BANGS HER GAVEL down hard.

                                     DIANNE FEINSTEIN
                         The San Francisco Gay Rights Ordinance 
                         sponsored by Supervisors Milk and 
                         Silver is passed.



               Harvey locks onto Dan White. Dan makes eye contact. Harvey 
               turns his attention to the chamber audience's applause.

         105   INT. CITY HALL / MAYOR MOSCONE'S OFFICE - DAY                105   

               A gaggle of press has congregated. Mayor Moscone and Harvey 
               walk into the office keeping their conversation private.

                                     MAYOR MOSCONE
                         I can't get my stories on page ten, 
                         you're getting page one?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Doggy-doo's a real problem, George.

               With a shit eating grin, Harvey offers up a powder blue pen.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Powder blue to sign they city's first 
                         Gay Rights law... George, we need 
                         your help with Briggs... The gay 
                         community will have your back from 
                         now on. On all issues. I hope you'll 
                         have ours.

               A beat between them. An alliance is forming. The Mayor sits 
               behind his desk and turns to the press with Harvey's pen.

                                     MAYOR MOSCONE
                         Good morning, everyone... I don't do 
                         this enough, taking swift and 
                         unambiguous action on a substantive 
                         move for civil rights.

               Moscone signs the law with the powder blue pen. Harvey leans 
               over him. THE PRESS CAPTURES THE MOMENT.

         106   INT. DAN WHITE'S OFFICE - DAY                                106   

               Dan sits at his desk, agitated. DAN'S POV: The FRONT PAGE of 
               the Examiner featuring MOSCONE AND HARVEY.

               Harvey comes to the door.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         What are you working on, Dan?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         If you have something to discuss, 
                         you can have your aide make an 
                         appointment with my aide.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Listen, I know you're disappointed 
                         about the Psychiatric Center...   
                         What else do you have coming up?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Now you need something from me.  You 
                         want my me to join in with the Queers 
                         on this Prop Six business?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We prefer the word "gay," Dan.  Just 
                         as I'm sure you prefer the word, 
                         "Irish-American" to "Mick."

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Harvey, our society can't exist 
                         without the family, without the 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We're not against those things.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You're not? Can two men reproduce?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (a smile)
                         No. But, we keep trying!
                         C'mon, Dan. You're channeling Anita 
                         and Briggs... we can work together.  
                         On something...

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Okay. You introduce an initiative 
                         for Supervisor pay raises.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (anything but that)
                         It's a bad time politically. I have 
                         an election next year.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You asked for something. Introduce 
                         pay raises. I can't take care of my 
                         family on our salaries. You don't 
                         have that problem, do you?

               Dan's AIDE steps into the doorway. She seems surprised to 
               see Harvey in Dan's office.

                                     DAN WHITE (CONT'D)
                         Mr. Milk, You'll excuse me, I have a 
                         development meeting.


               Dan goes.

         107   INT. A SAN FRANCISCO HALL - NIGHT                            107   

               A crowd sings "Happy Birthday." One after another, Harvey's 
               guests throw CREAM PIES in his face. RICK AND DAVID GOODSTEIN 
               INCLUDED. A PEACE OFFERING. Harvey wipes pie from his eyes.

               In the B.G. the black drag queen sensation, SYLVESTER, breaks 
               into his top 10 anthem, "You Make Me Feel." It's a who's who 
               of San Francisco's political elite. Jack scoots up to Harvey.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         What's wrong, Taco Bell?

                                     JACK LIRA
                         Anne and Cleve tried to cut me out 
                         of your table. You should fire them.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'll take it under consideration.  
                         Why don't you get us a drink?

               A kiss and Jack heads to the bar. Scott approaches.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Don't let Cezar Chavez hear you 
                         calling him Taco Bell.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         He's getting better. He's enrolling 
                         in classes on Monday.

               Scott wipes PIE CREAM from Harvey's jacket.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         I remember when your birthdays were 
                         a bit less... lavish. More intimate.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Who invited you? Anne?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         My boyfriend got an invitation. I 
                         was his "plus one."

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Congratulations. It was a tough ticket 
                         to get.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Congratulations to you. Looks like 
                         you're part of the Machine now.


                                     SCOTT SMITH (CONT'D)
                              (Harvey looks away, 
                              toward Jack)
                         You can do better.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         When I come home to Jack, I don't 
                         have to talk politics or talk 
                         intelligently. Or even talk.
                         And where's an old man like me going 
                         to get such a good looking young 
                         man, right?

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         You're not so old. You look 
                         handsome... Happy 48th. Looks like 
                         you're gonna make it to fifty after-
                         all, Mr. Milk.

               Scott gives Harvey a BIRTHDAY KISS.

         108   INT. A SAN FRANCISCO HALL - LATER THAT NIGHT                 108   

               Harvey, still wearing cream pie remnants on his jacket, waits 
               for Jack to come out of the rest room. Harvey's one of the 
               last guests to leave. WAITERS are clearing tables.

               APPROACHES, footsteps ECHOING on the marble floor. Harvey 
               braces himself.

               Emerging from the shadows: DAN WHITE. He approaches Harvey 
               with a bottle of Chivas.

               Dan is SUPER-FRIENDLY, as if nothing unpleasant has ever 
               happened between them.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Sorry I missed the party, Harv...

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No problem, Dan. Good to see you.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Dog poop?

                                     HARVEY MILK

                                     DAN WHITE
                         It's good! It's a good one.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Thanks. But it's a real problem.


                                     DAN WHITE
                         Oh, yeah. I mean, God knows how many 
                         problems it causes. All kinds of 
                         diseases, birth defects probably, I 
                         mean, stuff you can't even...
                              (drifting off, 
                         Hey, I got you a little something.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You didn't have to--

                                     DAN WHITE
                              (at the same time)
                         You didn't have to--
                         Why do people always say that? "You 
                         didn't have to?" I mean, of course, 
                         right? But, that's what they always 
                         say. They always say things like 

               Dan's attempts to be witty and erudite (like Harvey) only 
               leave him confused and tongue tied.

               Harvey HAS NO IDEA why Dan is here.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Are you okay, Dan?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Oh, what? Yeah, sure. Harvey, I 
                         just... I just want to say... Happy 

               Dan PUTS HIS ARMS AROUND HARVEY for a sort-of macho but really 
               weird birthday hug. Harvey stiffens, it's such a peculiar 
               moment. Dan steps back, looks him over.

                                     DAN WHITE (CONT'D)
                         I've really learned a lot from 
                         watching you, Harvey.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I doubt that.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         No, I have. You gotta get out there. 
                         Get noticed. That's how it works. 
                         But, you have an issue.  That's your 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         It's more than an issue, Dan.


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                              (a beat, one last try 
                              to get through to 
                         Dan. I've had four relationships in 
                         my life. Three of those four tried 
                         to kill themselves. I know it was my 
                         fault they did it. I told them to 
                         stay quiet. To hide. Most of my life 
                         I've been closeted. That's what living 
                         this life is like for most of us. 
                         The way things are...  This isn't 
                         just about our jobs, or any issue, 
                         it's our lives we're fighting for.

               Jack emerges from the bathroom, barely together and leans on 
               Harvey. Dan steps back from Harvey and Jack, his moment alone 
               stolen away.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I've learned a lot from you, Harvey. 
                         I'm going to get my picture in the 
                         papers, too. You'll see.  I've got 
                         my own issue. That's right. Dan 
                         White's Got An Issue!

         109   EXT. GAY FREEDOM DAY PARADE - DAY                            109   

               STOCK FOOTAGE: Along Market street: 375,000 people have shown 
               up for the parade, many holding signs naming their hometowns: 
               Newark, San Antonio, Lincoln.

               A MONTAGE: of the various marchers, floats, "Parents and 
               Friends Of", high-camp drag queens, etc.

               Harvey sits on top of a car with a pink lei around his neck, 
               a fistful of white flowers in one hand, and in the other, a 
               hand written sign: "I'm from Woodmere, NY." To a news camera:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Come out! Just come on out!

               DRIVING THE CAR: Anne keeps a close eye on the parade 
               watchers. Any one of them could be an assassin.

         110   ON A STREET CORNER - DAN WHITE IS WITH A REPORTER:           110   

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I see naked men walking around, naked 
                         women walking around, which doesn't 
                         bother me as far as my personal 
                         standards of nudity, but it's not 
                         proper. We wouldn't allow it for any 
                         other parade in San Francisco, and


                                     DAN WHITE (CONT'D)
                         it should not be allowed for the gay 

         111   EXT. GAY FREEDOM DAY PARADE / STAGE - LATER                  111   

               Just off stage. Anne hands him a typed postcard.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         It came in the mail today.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         "You get the first bullet the minute 
                         you stand at the microphone."
                              (looking for a silver 
                         Looks like the publicity's working.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         You don't have to go up there.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         It could happen any day, any night, 
                         any time...
                              (off the ROARING CROWD 
                              that's waiting for 
                         The nation's eye is on us. I have to 
                         do this.

               JUMP TO: POV shots of cops and loners amongst the massive 
               audience hint at Harvey's paranoia.

               Like diving off a cliff, Harvey launches up to the microphone. 
               The deafening cheers surely would have drowned out gunfire, 
               but when it fades, He's standing. He delivers his impassioned 
               call to action:

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         My name is Harvey Milk, and I want 
                         to recruit you. I want to recruit 
                         you for the fight to preserve your 
                         democracy. Brothers and sisters, you 
                         must come out. Come out to your 
                         parents. I know that it is hard and 
                         will hurt them but think about how 
                         they will hurt you in the voting 
                         booth!  Come out to your friends, if 
                         they indeed are your friends. Come 
                         out to your neighbors, to your fellow 
                         workers. Once and for all, break 
                         down the myths, destroy the lies and 
                         distortions. For your sake.


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         For their sake. For the sake of the 
                         youngsters who are becoming scared 
                         by the votes from Dade to Eugene. On 
                         the Statue of Liberty it says "Give 
                         me your tired, your poor, your huddled 
                         masses yearning to be free."  In the 
                         Declaration of Independence it is 
                         written "All men are created equal 
                         and are endowed with certain 
                         inalienable rights." For Mr. Briggs 
                         and Mrs. Bryant and all the bigots 
                         out there, no matter how hard you 
                         try, you cannot erase those words 
                         from the Declaration of Independence. 
                         No matter how hard you try, you cannot 
                         chip those words from off the base 
                         of the Statue of Liberty. That is 
                         what America is.  Love it or leave 

               Wild applause. He scans the crowd as he steps off stage. A 
               bit surprised to still be alive. Cleve grabs him.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         The Mayor says Briggs is on his way 
                         here. He could intercept him for us. 
                         We could get him face to face.  He 
                         couldn't ignore us anymore.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Get the press.


               John Briggs rides in a limo watching the "freaks" outside. 
               As he nears the Parade Stages his POLICE ESCORTS take an 
               unplanned turn. He leans forward.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         The parade is the other direction.

                         They're taking us another way, Sir.

         113   INT. WAREHOUSE ON THE PIER - MOMENTS LATER                   113   

               The limo pulls in. Briggs cautiously steps out. Greeting him 
               are Moscone, the POLICE CHIEF, 25 SFPD officers, a gaggle of 
               press, and Harvey Milk.

               It's a showdown... HIGH NOON.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         I have a right to be here, Mr. Mayor.


                                     MAYOR MOSCONE
                         I'm afraid it's not in the interest 
                         of your safety, or my public's safety 
                         to let you into that parade grounds.

               Finally face to face, Harvey extends his hand. Its a show 
               for the FLASHING CAMERAS. Briggs is clearly uncomfortable.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hi, I'm Harvey Milk. It's quite an 
                         honor to meet you, Mr. Briggs.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         I'm aware. Sad you're too afraid to 
                         fight this out in public, Mr. Milk.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No sir. I would love to have a public 
                         debate. I'm very interested in the 
                         details of your argument.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         You know the details. As do the 
                         people. Look at the votes across 
                         this nation. The "public" is with 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Yes sir, today they are. But with my 
                         City's Mayor and the San Francisco 
                         press as my witnesses, I'm challenging 
                         you to a public debate.

               John nods, stiff. He can no longer avoid Harvey Milk. He 
               gets back in his limo.

         114   INT. SCHOOL GYMNASIUM - NIGHT - (ON TV)                      114   

               Harvey sits with John Briggs at a table facing forward. We 
               hear the cheers and jeers of the packed audience.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Senator, as a Christian it's 
                         interesting that you don't seem to 
                         understand what Christ was about.  
                         He was about accepting people and 
                         giving love, not carrying a Bible in 
                         one hand and hatred in the other...
                              (cheers from the 
                         ...Now all the gay myths have been 
                         shattered, all the fears, all the--

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         Not in my mind they haven't--


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         That's it. In your mind they haven't, 
                         and I'm wondering why--

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         Mr. Milk, we don't allow people who 
                         believe in practicing bestiality to 
                         teach our children, and the reason 
                         we don't is because it is illegal.  
                         But it's not illegal to be a 
                         homosexual in California.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         And your law goes even further. Any 
                         school employee who even supports a 
                         gay person will be fired--

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         True. But, gay people don't have 
                         children of their own. If they don't 
                         recruit our children, they'd all die 
                         away. That's why they want to be 
                         teachers, to encourage our children 
                         to join them.

                                     HARVEY MILK (ON TV)
                         How do you teach homosexuality? Like 
                         French? I was born of heterosexual 
                         parents, I was taught by heterosexual 
                         teachers in a fiercely heterosexual 
                         society. So then why am I homosexual? 
                         And no offense meant, but if it were 
                         true that children mimicked their 
                         teachers, you'd sure have a helluva 
                         lot more nuns running around.

               The audience eats it up. It feel like "The Harvey Milk Show."

         115   EXT. CITY HALL - DAY                                         115   

               Briggs makes a STATEMENT to the press.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         If they're going to lead such an 
                         open life of homosexuality that they 
                         want a 21-gun salute every time 
                         somebody goes by them, those people 
                         are going to be in danger of being 
                         removed their job.

               NIGHT                                                        116   

               Continuing on with his recorded will...


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We were really genuinely frightened 
                         by Proposition Six, and with the 
                         backlash gaining strength, we were 
                         very pessimistic. We didn't think 
                         there was any chance we could beat 
                         it. What we hoped to do was to 
                         organize to the point that when we 
                         did lose, there would be a revolt... 
                         That all hell would break lose.

         117   INT. CITY HALL / HARVEY'S OFFICE - DAY                       117   

               Harvey, pacing, decisive.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         People are coming out, though. We 
                         met with groups in Bakersfield, 
                         Redding, a dozen people showed up in 
                         a library basement in Fresno asking 
                         for our support if they came out. 
                         Last Sunday, the Reverend of St. 
                         Mary's came out to his entire 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         We're still losing, 60 to 30. We 
                         have to take the show on the road.  
                         Call Briggs's office. Do a press 
                         release. Tell them he can pick the 
                         town, the audience, and I'll ask our 
                         supporters not to attend.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         Their audiences are insanely devout. 
                         We'll get killed.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Get me Orange County.

         118   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                              118   

               Jack is FLIPPING OUT, storming around the place.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         You just have to go down to LA and 
                         guess the right things on TV and 
                         they'll pay us... You have to use 
                         your fame now while you have it. We 
                         could have nice things.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I don't have time to do game shows 
                         right now...


               This stops Jack cold.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         You are horrible! I have worked on 
                         this surprise for you for weeks!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Are you drunk right now?

                                     JACK LIRA
                         You are an ungrateful asshole!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Jack, I'll have more time soon.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         You're ashamed of me!

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         That's not true. I think you're smart. 
                         You're capable. No matter what your 
                         family or your father said. I believe 
                         in you... We should figure out 
                         something for you to do. I could get 
                         you a job.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         I'll never be good enough for you!

               THROUGH THE WINDOW onto the street below.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'll get a broom.

               Harvey goes. Jack collapses into a chair.

         119   INT. AUDITORIUM IN ORANGE COUNTY - NIGHT                     119   

               TV CAMERAS ROLL. They've gotten their ORANGE COUNTY DEBATE!

               BRIGGS'S SUPPORTERS jeer Harvey as he rips into their State 
               Senator. Their vehemence frightens Dick in the audience.  
               Harvey lifts a Briggs flier.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         If in your statements here you say 
                         that child molestation is not an 
                         issue, why do you put out literature 
                         that hammers it home, why do you 
                         play on that myth and fear?


                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         Same thing with VD Harvey, we put 
                         out publications about VD so you can 
                         avoid it.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (with a grin)
                         But you've even admitted that there's 
                         more molestation in the heterosexual 
                         group! So why not get rid of the 
                         heterosexual teachers?

               Boos from the conservative audience.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         We are not talking about homos...  
                         child molestation, the fact is, at 
                         least 95 percent of the people are 
                         heterosexual. If we took heterosexuals 
                         out AND homosexuals out, you know 

                         JOHN BRIGGS (CONT'D)
                 --we'd have no teachers

                                                       HARVEY MILK
                                               We'd have no teachers--

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         --No child molestation... So you're 
                         saying the percentage of population 
                         is equal to the percentage of child 

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                              (getting more lost)
                         No, no, I'm not saying that at all--

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         That's what you just said.

                                     JOHN BRIGGS
                         No. I'm saying that we cannot prevent 
                         child molestation so let's cut our 
                         odds down and take out the homosexual 
                         group and keep in the heterosexual 

               Harvey laughs in disbelief at the asinine argument. Briggs 
               looks down to his notes, lost. Harvey takes the opportunity 
               to rip into the State Senator:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (directly to Briggs)
                         --Sir, in your own drive for personal 
                         power, how many careers are you 
                         willing to see destroyed?


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         How many lives will you destroy in 
                         your lust for power, and when will 
                         you stop?

               The crowd boos, rails. This isn't San Francisco, it's Orange 
               County. In the audience, Dick Pabich sweats, taken aback by 
               the level of hatred. Harvey tries to maintain his composure.

         120   EXT. CASTRO STREET - NIGHT                                   120   

               Harvey heads home from work. He starts into his store.

               He sees JACK LIRA'S SHADOW through the curtains upstairs, 
               and turns instead to the cafe next door.

         121   INT. CASTRO CAFE - NIGHT                                     121   

               Harvey sits down at the bar. The WAITER pours a coffee for 
               him. Harvey looks up to the TV.

               HARVEY'S POV: DAN WHITE ON TV talking to a news reporter.  
               It feels as if Dan is talking directly to Harvey.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         All I'm really saying is, if we don't 
                         protect ourselves with this kind of 
                         legislation, a transvestite can show 
                         up at a public school with all the 
                         qualifications for teaching and they 
                         can't refuse to hire him.

         122   INT. CITY HALL / HARVEY'S OFFICE - DAY                       122   

               Harvey rushes from a packed session in the Supervisors' 
               Chambers to his office. Anne is behind him. He picks up the 
               phone. It seems urgent.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Hey Jack, what's wrong?

         123   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - INTERCUT                           123   

                                     JACK LIRA
                         Nothing. I just want to know when 
                         you'll be home.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You just had them pull me out of my 
                         big vote on the dog shit ordinance.  
                         Did you do this on purpose, Jack?

                                     JACK LIRA
                         It's poop, Harvey. Aren't I more 
                         important than poop?


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Yes, but... I don't know when I'll 
                         be home. Maybe 6. 6:15.

                                     JACK LIRA
                         Fine. 6:15.

               Harvey hangs up. His patience is slipping. He looks up in 
               time to see Dan heading down the hall with his briefcase.

         124   INT. CITY HALL / SUPERVISORS' CHAMBERS HALLWAY - DAY         124   

               Harvey catches up to Dan who is on his way out.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Dan? How's the baby?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You didn't bring up Supervisor pay 
                         raises. In fact, I heard you plan to 
                         publicly oppose them.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I heard you planned to vote against 
                         them too, Dan. Were you trying to 
                         set me up?

                                     DAN WHITE
                              (parrotting Harvey 
                         It's not a good time for me to bring 
                         it up. Politically.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Dan, there's a vote to approve the 
                         police desegregation settlement, 
                         give me that and I'll consider backing 
                         pay raises.

                                     DAN WHITE
                              (suddenly very dark)
                         I don't trade votes... unlike you, 
                         the way I was raised, we believe in 
                         right and wrong. Moral and immoral.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Black skin and White in your police 
                              (Dan steams)
                         Dan, even Ronald Reagan's come out 
                         against Proposition Six. You're 
                         looking more and more out of touch.


                                     DAN WHITE
                         If I come out against Prop Six, it's 
                         only for the invasion of State's 
                         rights issue.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (smiles, trying to 
                         And the potential witch hunts against 
                         you "straight people," right?

               Dan tries hard to come up with a cogent response. He can't.  
               His behavior is alarming. He sets down his briefcase.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You underestimate me, Milk. You're 
                         very, very wrong about me.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I don't know what you mean.

               A moment. Dan is on the verge of tears, hot angry tears.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         What is it, Dan? You can tell me.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You don't... You can't humiliate me. 
                         And you will not demean me.

                                     DAN WHITE (CONT'D)
                         Anne appears down the hall. Dan has 
                         more on his mind, but the moment has 
                         passed. He picks up his briefcase 
                         and walks out of the building. Off 
                         Harvey, concerned.

         125   EXT. CITY HALL - LATER                                       125   

               Harvey walks home. A PASSERBY shouts:

                         You're the asshole that just passed 
                         that dog shit thing aren't you? What 
                         the hell do you have against dogs?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (with his trademark 
                         Sir, blind people can't see "shit." 
                         What the heck do you have against 
                         blind people?


               The young folks surrounding the PASSERBY laugh and hoot at 
               Harvey's joke. Even the harassing PASSERBY can't help but 
               crack a grin. Harvey beams.

         126   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATER                      126   

               Opening the door, Harvey finds a trail of voter registration 
               cards, anti-Briggs literature, and Coors beer cans. Pushing 
               through his fear, he carefully follows the cans and flyers 
               up the stairs and through his apartment.

               Odd notes are taped to the walls. They all lead to a black 
               velvet curtain with a note attached: "YOU'VE ALWAYS LOVED 

               Harvey pulls back the curtain to find Jack's body, cold and 
               discolored, hanging from a beam by a noose.

               HARVEY CAN'T MOVE. He is mesmerized... horrified.

               He grabs a knife and frantically tries cutting Jack down. He 
               cuts through the rope and FALLS TO THE FLOOR with the HEAVY 

         127   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - LATER                              127   

               Scott arrives. Sitting very still, Harvey is being consoled 
               by Cleve and Anne. Tears in his eyes, Harvey won't look up.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Harvey. Look at me. Look at me. You 
                         did everything you could.

                         No, I didn't. Not everything...

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         What else could you have done?

                         I could have come home at six o'clock, 
                         not six-fifteen.

               Scott puts his arm around Harvey. Harvey buries his head.  
               Anne helps Cleve take down Jack's many hidden notes. Cleve 
               quietly reads a prominently placed one:

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         "Beware. The ides. Of November."

               NIGHT                                                        128   

               Into the recorder as if re-living the event over again...


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Jack was gone. I didn't have time to 
                         mourn... There was no choice but to 
                         keep on... to keep fighting.

         129   INT. BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS / MAKE UP ROOM / S.F. - DAY    129   

               Harvey sits in a make-up chair. A MAKE-UP artist is painting 
               him up to look like a clown. Several other CITY OFFICIALS 
               are in chairs beyond him. Harvey turns to the make-up artist.  
               With sincere enthusiasm:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Thank you for this great honor. But 
                         do you think once the magazine is 
                         done snapping pictures, maybe I could 
                         keep the suit for a while?

         130   EXT. SAN FRANCISCO - DAY                                     130   

               Still made up from head to toe as a clown, Harvey walks the 
               streets of San Francisco. He waves, smiles, poses for photos 
               with tourists. It's a rare moment of grace. He jumps on a 
               trolley headed toward Castro. He instantly captures the 
               imagination of a small GIRL wearing a knit hat.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (re: their hats)
                         Would you like to trade with me?

                         No. What the heck are you?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Oh, me? I'm an elected official. I 
                         run this city.

               He makes a show of it. She smiles. He hands her the flower 
               he's been holding onto all afternoon.

         131   INT. "NO ON SIX" CENTER / MARKET STREET - NIGHT              131   

               THIS IS THE MOMENT. Harvey watches aides on the phones comb 
               districts for voting results. Jim fills up a map on the wall.

                                     DICK PABICH
                         San Bernadino is coming in. Not good.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Of course not. How not good?

                                     MICHAEL WONG
                         60% for Briggs. Same in Fresno.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Dear God, little Lotus Blossom.

               Harvey is stunned. Other districts follow with similar 
               results. They go up in red on the map.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         Imperial is 69% "for" so far.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Put it up on the board.

               Harvey tries to stomach this major defeat, loss after loss.  
               He starts reflexively tying his tie in a knot. Cleve comes 
               up to Harvey, concerned.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         The whole world is watching this.  
                         This is San Francisco we're about to 
                         lose. Are you ready?

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I can have 15,000 people in an hour. 
                         But there's gonna be riots if this 
                         thing passes.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (darkens, pointed)
                         There goddamn better be.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                              (stops, a beat, then:)
                         What are you telling me?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I can't say it because I'm a public 
                         official, but for God's sake, if 
                         this thing passes, fight back.

               Cleve is stunned, holding the weight of Harvey's words.

               Harvey's focus is interrupted when Anne brings him the phone.

                                     ANNE KRONENBERG
                         Don Amador down in LA.

                              (reluctantly answers)
                         Kind of a bad time, Don.

                                     YOUNG TEEN (V.O.)
                         No sir, this is Paul. Don just gave 
                         me the phone.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Paul who?

                                     YOUNG TEEN (V.O.)
                         You talked to me on the phone a year 
                         or so ago. I'm from Minnesota... I'm 
                         in a wheelchair.

               REVEAL: The boy in his wheelchair on the other end.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (a beat to take it 
                              in, then:)
                         I thought you were a goner, Paul.

                                     YOUNG TEEN
                         I'm sorry. I should have called.  
                         When I read in the paper that you 
                         won the Supervisor seat, I got a 
                         friend to put me on a bus to LA.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Who did you know in Los Angeles?

                                     YOUNG TEEN
                         Nobody. That's the uh... I just didn't 
                         want to die anymore, sir.
                              (Harvey's at a loss 
                              for words)
                         I met your friend Don down here. I 
                         turned 18. I voted today against 
                         Prop Six... Thank you, Mr. Milk.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         No. You did this all by yourself.

                                     YOUNG TEEN
                         I don't think I'd be alive right now 
                         without you, sir. You were right 
                         about LA. It's like gay Disney World.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Then you have to see San Francisco!

                                     YOUNG TEEN
                         Okay. I will. Don wanted me to um... 
                         congratulate you on what he says 
                         looks like a big win for us tonight. 
                         Congratulations Mr. Milk.

               Harvey turns back to the map. Jim Rivaldo is now coloring in 
               LA county with green. On the other end of the phone, Harvey's 
               friend in LA, Don Amador, is back on the line.


                                     DON AMADOR (V.O.)
                         It looks like we've taken LA County, 
                         Harvey. By 65%. It's huge.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I gotta go, Don. Thank you.
                              (frantic, to the room)
                         LA by 65% put it up! Put it up!

               The tone in the room is changing. Jim storms up.

                                     JIM RIVALDO
                         The polls were off. Briggs is going 
                         down by more than 2 to 1. The only 
                         district where it's leading in San 
                         Francisco is Dan White's.

               Harvey takes a moment to absorb the map. Anne, Dick & Jim, 
               all the volunteers. What this apparent win means to him, to 
               his people. To Cleve:

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Well crap Cleve, now what are we 
                         going to do tonight?!
                              (re: a giant, jock 
                              strap wearing, Lady 
                         Cover up Lady Liberty. The cameras 
                         will be coming our way.

         132   INT. "NO ON SIX" CENTER / MARKET STREET - LATER              132   

               TV cameras roll. Lady liberty is covered with a "No on Six" 
               poster. A brass band marches dramatically into the hall.  
               Balloons fall. Harvey MOUNTS the stage to INCREDIBLE CHEERS.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         To the gay community all over this 
                         state... my message to you is... so 
                         far a lot of people joined us and 
                         rejected Proposition Six, and now we 
                         owe them something... We must destroy 
                         the myths once and for all, shatter 
                         them. We must continue to speak out... 
                         and most importantly, most 
                         importantly, every gay person must 
                         come out.
                         Tonight... Tonight it is clear that 
                         everyone out there does know one of 
                         us. And now that they do, they see 
                         we are not sick... they can feel we 
                         are not wrong... and they know we 
                         should have a place in this great


                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         country and in this world... A message 
                         of hope has been to sent to all the 
                         young people out there...  to all 
                         those afraid of this wave of hate... 
                         to all those who have lost their 
                         homes and their hometowns...  tonight 
                         we know there is a place for us! My 
                         brothers and sisters...  we can come 
                         home again!

               The crowd goes WILD. Harvey BEAMS. Moscone walks up onto 
               stage and lifts Harvey's hand. Harvey is now a member of the 
               S.F. political elite. Cleve watches from afar as Harvey steps 
               off and disappears into the crowd.

         133   INT. DAN WHITE'S HOME - NIGHT                                133   

               Dan watches HARVEY'S VICTORY SPEECH on the local news.

         134   EXT. THE CASTRO - MOMENTS LATER                              134   

               The party behind him, Harvey scans the block. Cleve catches 
               up, looking at Harvey, probing:

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         What's the matter?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You ever heard of sore losers? Well, 
                         I'm a sore winner... I thought we 
                         were goners.
                         I'd started looking forward to the 

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         I told you, I don't "do" losing.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I think maybe we're best with our 
                         backs to the wall. It's too quiet.
                              (a new idea, what's 
                         I think we should march on Washington 
                         D.C. next year.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         Milk, you're a decent politician, a 
                         mediocre businessman, but you're a 
                         lousy gay man.


                                     CLEVE JONES (CONT'D)
                              (Harvey knows what 
                              he's getting at)
                         Take some time off. Fifty's right 
                         around the corner.
                              (a devilish grin)
                         Nobody will want you after that... I 
                         can handle D.C.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (smiles, incredulous)
                         The people voted for us, Cleve Jones.

                                     CLEVE JONES
                         They did. There's nowhere to march 
                         tonight, Mr. Harvey Milk. Lets go 
                         back inside.

               Turning back, they savor the moment, like father and son 
               walking to Castro Camera, growing ever smaller in the frame.

         135   INT. CITY HALL / SUPERVISORS' OFFICES - DAY                  135   

               Dan White slides a sealed letter across a desk to an Aide.  
               It's addressed to Moscone. He seems oddly calm.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Could you give this to the Mayor for 
                         me? As soon as possible.

         136   INT. CITY HALL / SUPERVISORS' OFFICES - DAY                  136   

               Harvey walks down the hallway to his office, a spring in his 
               step. There are nods, hellos if not outright deference from 
               most passersby. His newfound political muscle is evident.

               He comes face to face with Dan White.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Morning, Dan.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I just resigned.  Congratulations.  
                         I'm sure you're pleased.

               Harvey doesn't know what to say. Dan's right, it does make 
               him happy. But it's not that simple.

                                     DAN WHITE (CONT'D)
                         You'll be the next President of the 

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'm sure we could work together--


               Dan walks away from Harvey. He doesn't want to hear anything 
               Harvey has to say.

               Harvey watches as Dan is met in the hallway by an OFFICER 
               from the POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION.

                         Hey, Dan. Just got word. Can we talk 
                         to you for a minute?

                                     DAN WHITE

               Dan heads for his office.

                         Downstairs. The Association meeting 

               Harvey watches as Dan follows the officer down the stairs to 
               an ASSOCIATION MEETING ROOM on the next floor. When the DOOR 
               OPENS, Harvey sees SEVERAL REPRESENTATIVES from the Police 
               Department wearing somber expressions.

               It looks as if Dan is about to get REAMED OUT.

         137   INT. TV NEWS REPORT - DAY                                    137   

               ACTUAL FOOTAGE: Channel 5 reporting from Dan White's street:

                                     DAVID FOWLER (ON TV)
                         Most people were surprised when Dan 
                         White quit last Friday citing 
                         financial difficulties. Now we've 
                         heard that White is asking for his 
                         Supervisor job back. But many say--

         138   INT. CITY HALL / HARVEY'S OFFICE - DAY                       138   

               Harvey, watching on the small TV set in his office.

                                     DAVID FOWLER (ON TV)
                         --White gave up all of his political 
                         chits when he resigned without making 
                         any arrangements.

               The news story transitions in the B.G. as Harvey gets up.

                                     NEWS ANCHOR (ON TV/BG)
                         The city of San Francisco is in 
                         disbelief. Four-hundred bodies have 
                         been found thus far in Jonestown, 
                         Guyana. Leader of the People's Temple, 
                         Jim Jones...


         139   INT. CITY HALL / DAN WHITE'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER          139   

               Harvey heads to Dan's office. He toys with the nameplate.  
               Something bittersweet lingers. He walks in.

               HARVEY'S POV: On City Hall's lawn, Dan is with the press.  
               He looks up, seeing Harvey in his office window.

               They make eye contact. It bears all the awkwardness of a 
               relationship lost.

         140   EXT. CITY HALL - MOMENTS LATER                               140   

               Something's snapped. With adolescent frustration in evidence, 
               Dan is with his wife, the press and a few supporters.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         It was a major decision on Friday 
                         that I had to come... to arrive at.  
                         But since that time, people unknown 
                         to me, plus my family and friends, 
                         have come to me and stated that they 
                         want me to stay in office, that they 
                         support me... So I'm asking the Mayor 
                         to let me stay in office to serve 
                         the people...

         141   INT. CITY HALL / MAYOR MOSCONE'S OFFICE - DAY                141   

               Harvey is firm, his hands planted on the Mayor's desk.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         He gets dragged into a closed door 
                         meeting with the Police Officers 
                         Association, and comes out demanding 
                         his job back? What do you think they 
                         promised him? Or worse, how did they 
                         threaten him?

                                     MAYOR MOSCONE
                         A man has the right to change his 
                         mind. Give me some peace.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         How many of our propositions has Dan 
                         shut down?  We could finally settle 
                         this police desegregation nonsense. 
                         Cement rent control. It's his vote 
                         on this Board that stands in our 

                                     MAYOR MOSCONE
                         I get it, Harvey. I've been lobbied 
                         all week. Enough.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Let me just remind you that you're 
                         up for re-election. If you reappoint 
                         Dan, you lose the gay vote.  They 
                         listen to me. You won't get elected 
                         dog catcher.

                                     MAYOR MOSCONE
                              (stern, silent, a 
                              beat, then:)
                         I'll make my decision on Monday.
                              (as Harvey's on his 
                              way out, with a wry 
                         You know what you sounded like just 
                         now? Boss Tweed or Mayor Daly.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (returns the smile)
                         A "homosexual" with a bit of 
                         power...rather scary isn't it, Mr.  

               OFF Harvey. He's come a long way.


         142   INT. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA HOUSE - NIGHT                       142   

               Harvey sits in a balcony seat of the filled, darkened opera 
               house next to Brazilian opera star BIDU SAYAO, 76. He's 
               enraptured by a production of TOSCA.

               ON STAGE IT'S "O Scarpia, we shall meet before God!" Refusing 
               to be taken prisoner, Tosca jumps from the walls of the castle 
               set to her death.

         143   INT. DAN WHITE'S HOME / LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                  143   

               Mary Ann offers the phone to Dan. Dan takes it.

                                     DAN WHITE
                              (into the phone)
                         Yes. This is Dan White.

                                     KCBS REPORTER (V.O.)
                         I'm Barbra Taylor from KCBS. I'm 
                         interested in your reaction. I've 
                         received information from the Mayor's 
                         office that you won't be getting 
                         your job back.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I'm sorry. I don't know anything 
                         about that.


               Dan hangs up on her.

         144   INT. HARVEY'S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT                         144   

               Harvey can't sleep. He dials the phone. He lets it ring and 
               ring. Finally, a voice picks up on the other line.

                                     SCOTT SMITH

               REVEAL: Scott, half asleep.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Sorry to wake you up.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         What's wrong?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I went to the opera tonight. Guess 
                         who my date was.

                                     SCOTT SMITH

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Bidu Sayao herself. She was in the 
                         first Puccini I ever saw. The crowd 
                         went wild. It was like I was young 
                         again, seeing my first live opera...

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         If you go to the opera again, you 
                         should call me.

                                     HARVEY MILK

               Scott gets out of bed, considers his words. It's intimate.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Yes. I'd go with you.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I'd like that.

               Harvey is quiet, a rare moment of reflection. An unexpected 
               tear rolls down his cheek.

                                     SCOTT SMITH

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Look out the window, the sun's coming 


                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         It's late. You should get some sleep.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I don't want to miss it.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                         Miss what?

                                     HARVEY MILK

               Harvey's single word answer means, "Life."

               OFF Harvey: Neither wants to hang up the phone.

         145   INT. DAN WHITE'S HOME / LIVING ROOM - MORNING                145   

               The sun rising in his own living room, Dan White has been up 
               all night, too. The coffee table is covered with coke cans 
               and junk food wrappers.

         146   INT. CITY HALL - DAY                                         146   

               Waiting for a MAN inside to turn away, Dan sneaks in through 
               a side window at City Hall. The man calls after him:

                         Hey, wait a minute, Mr.--

                                     DAN WHITE
                         My aide was supposed to come down 
                         here and let me in the side door, 
                         but she never showed up.

                         And you are?

                                     DAN WHITE
                         I'm Dan White. City Supervisor.

               We follow Dan down the hall and into the grand entry-way.

         147   INT. CITY HALL / METAL DETECTORS - SAME                      147   

               Harvey walks through City Hall's METAL DETECTORS. He picks 
               up his keys from the dish and heads up the grand staircase. 
               Like ships in the night, Harvey just misses Dan exiting the 
               elevator. Dan heads into Mayor Moscone's office.


               With Dianne, Harvey is thrilled, rubbing it in.


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Who's it gonna be? Is he replacing 
                         Dan with that God Damned liberal 
                         lefty Don Horanzy? That'll really 
                         shake up the Board, huh?

                                     DIANNE FEINSTEIN
                         All I know is that we're getting a 
                         new Supervisor today. If Dan shows 
                         up, just avoid him. We don't need a 
                         scene today, right Harvey?

                                     HARVEY MILK
                              (grins ear to ear)
                         Heaven forbid, Dianne.

         149   INT. CITY HALL / MAYOR MOSCONE'S WAITING ROOM - SAME         149   

               The MAYOR'S SECRETARY sits at her desk. Shouting can be heard 
               from inside his office.

         150   INT. CITY HALL / MAYOR MOSCONE'S OFFICE - SAME               150   

               Moscone leads Dan White to the bar beside his office. Dan is 
               enraged. Moscone lights a cigarette.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         You can't take this away from me!

               Moscone has his back turned, pouring them cocktails.

                                     MAYOR MOSCONE
                         The issue is what's fair, for the 
                         people of your district. Take some 
                         time off. Spend it with your family.

               Moscone finishes pouring two cocktails, and turns to see Dan 
               White brandishing his revolver.

         151   INT. CITY HALL / MAYOR MOSCONE'S WAITING ROOM - SAME         151   

               Moscone's Secretary, and a WAITING MAN note the THREE DULL 
               THUDS, not so different than a backfire. The secretary looks 
               out the window, concerned. The waiting man checks his watch.

         152   INT. CITY HALL / MAYOR MOSCONE'S OFFICE - SAME               152   

               Still gripped in his hand, Moscone's cigarette burns a hole 
               in his tie.

         153   INT. CITY HALL / SUPERVISORS' OFFICES - MOMENTS LATER        153   

               Dan walks past Dick Pabich, past Dianne's office. Harvey's 
               voice can be heard down the hall. He sounds up-beat, 


                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         This time next year we're marching 
                         on Washington D.C. It'll look like 
                         Market and Castro, but with a million 
                         people. Write that down.  Tell 
                         President Carter we're coming after 
                         him next. I'm going to deposit this. 
                         I'll be back in 20 minutes.

               Dan arrives at Harvey's office door. Harvey is with a FRIEND, 
               preparing to leave, surprised to see Dan in his doorway.

                                     DAN WHITE
                         Say, Harve, can I see you for a 

                                     HARVEY MILK

               Dan walks Harvey down the hall to his old office.

         154   INT. CITY HALL / DAN WHITE'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS             154   

               Harvey walks in first. Dan stays between Harvey and the door.  
               Dan closes it. Harvey smiles, sensing something is off.

               Dan draws his revolver. Harvey raises his hand. Dan Fires.  
               The bullet rips through Harvey's hand and down his arm.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         Oh no... N--

               Dan Fires again, silencing Harvey's cry for help.

               Harvey turns away. Another bullet rips into his chest, and 
               he falls to his knees, now facing the window. He staggers 
               toward it. The moment is extended as we see Harvey's POV of 
               the Opera House outside the window, and the Castro beyond 

               HOLD ON HARVEY, gazing out at his beloved city.

               Dan puts his revolver to the back of Harvey's head. HE FIRES.  
               And just like that, Harvey falls.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         Last week I got a phone call--

         155   INT. FLASH BACK - HARVEY'S KITCHEN - RECORDED WILL           155   

               Harvey is still speaking into the tape recorder...


                         --from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and 
                         the voice was quite young, and the 
                         person said... "Thanks." You've got 
                         to elect gay people so that that 
                         young child and the thousands upon 
                         thousand like him know there's hope... 
                         hope for a better world...


               Scott and Anne enter a sparsely attended memorial service.

               Most of the seats are empty. The speaker is unfamiliar, some 
               appointed CITY OFFICIAL.

                                     SCOTT SMITH
                              (finally crumbling, 
                              tears roll)
                         Where is everybody? Didn't anyone 
                         give a damn?

         157   INT. FLASH BACK - HARVEY'S KITCHEN - RECORDED WILL           157   

               Harvey speaking into the tape recorder.

                                     HARVEY MILK
                         I ask this... If there should be an 
                         assassination, I would hope that 
                         five, ten, one hundred, a thousand 
                         would rise. I would like to see every 
                         gay lawyer, every gay architect come 

         158   EXT. MEMORIAL SERVICE 1978 - CONTINUOUS                      158   

               Walking back out onto the street, Anne and Scott turn to 
               look down Market Street, the camera pans and drifts to reveal:

               THOUSANDS of San Franciscans of every religion, nationality, 
               sexuality, all of the familiar faces and many new ones...

               THEY ALL MARCH SILENTLY up Market Street to the palace Harvey 
               dreamed could be his own: City Hall.

                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.)
                         --If a bullet should enter my brain, 
                         let that bullet destroy every closet 
                         door... And that's all. I ask for 
                         the movement to continue. Because 
                         it's not about personal gain, not 
                         about ego, not about power... it's 
                         about the "us's" out there. Not only


                                     HARVEY MILK (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         gays, but the Blacks, the Asians, 
                         the disabled, the seniors, the us's.  
                         Without hope, the us's give up--

               As the thousands of mourners arrive at City Hall, they place 
               their candles around the statue of Lincoln.

                                     HARVEY MILK (CONT'D)
                         --I know you cannot live on hope 
                         alone, but without it, life is not 
                         worth living. So you, and you, and 


                                     HARVEY MILK
                         You gotta give em' hope... you gotta 
                         give em' hope.

               Harvey closes his note pad, puts down his pencil, and pushes 
               stop on his recorder.

         160   EXT. CASTRO CAMERA - NIGHT                                   160   

               Push in on Castro Camera. The sign still in the window, "We're 
               Very Open."

                                                             FADE TO BLACK.

         161   END TITLES:                                                  161   




               AS CREDITS ROLL: The following updates are accompanied by 
               images of the actual people from 1977 to current day:





               RIVALDO PASSED AWAY IN 2007.

               AIDS CRISIS.