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Helter Skelter (1976)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 April 1976 (USA)
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The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

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Chilling story of the investigation and trial of Charles Manson, leader of a strange cult which under his direction and 'control' committed numerous murders. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Massacre in Hollywood  »

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Much of the dialogue used in the courtroom scenes were taken directly from the court transcripts. See more »

Goofs

When the police take a man to identify the body of Sharon Tate, she is fully dressed in a blue house dress and shoes. Minutes later, two hippies are seen watching a news report about the Tate-LaBianca murders and the anchorman on the television states that Sharon Tate's body was found dressed only in a pair of flowered panties and bra. The news report wasn't real, it was reenacted for the movie. See more »

Quotes

Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: Are you always this happy?
Cindy Jane Orelia: Uh-huh.
Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: What's the secret?
Lisa Armbruster: We found the truth.
Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: What's the truth?
Lisa Armbruster: Charlie is love.
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Soundtracks

I'm Scratching Peace Symbols on Your Tombstone
(a.k.a. "First They Made Me Sleep in the Closet")
Written by Charles Manson
Performed by Steve Railsback and assorted "Family" members
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The weed among the flowers
21 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I had to hunt through the local video stores before I found one with this film available. I remember seeing the two-part TV version, but this 119 minute video release still bothers me just the same.

Steve Railsback is as close to Charles Manson as one can get. He presents the same manic intensity in his eyes as the news photos of Manson at the time. Maybe a little TOO well...

This film is essentially two films in one. The first half details events leading up to the arrest and crimes of Manson and company, the second half details the trial (and the script is taken mostly from the actual court transcripts).

Anyone who insists that Manson was "crucified" or "framed" should examine his criminal record, and read what he has stated about Jews and blacks. Manson presented the image of a hippie messiah, but preached hatred and bigotry. This film shows him for what he was (and still is); a manipulative, violent, hate-filled man.

Remember that this is the man who once said: "Maybe I should have killed four or five hundred people...then I would have felt better. Then I would have felt I really offered society something."

God bless you, Vincent Bugliosi. You did us all a favor!


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