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Helter Skelter (1976)

TV Movie  -   -  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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1 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Massacre in Hollywood  »

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Martin Scorsese was originally offered the role of Charles Manson. See more »

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The rope used as evidence in the courtroom is made of yellow hemp, but moments later, in the flashback scenes, it is made of white cotton fiber. See more »

Quotes

Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: Boots is no longer with us.
Danny DeCarlo: What do you mean, Boots is no longer with us?
Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: He's among the dead. He shot himself the other night, playing Russian Roulette.
Danny DeCarlo: Oh, terrific. Who was with him?
Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: Cisco Budge.
Danny DeCarlo: Cisco Budge. That's it. I ain't talking no more. I'm riding out of here on the wind, mister.
Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: There are a couple of warrants outstanding against you, Danny. I don't think you'd feel very safe in prison. That's where Charlie is.
Danny DeCarlo: [slight pause] That sure is cold, man.
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Helter Skelter
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Silverspoon
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Better than most tv movies
1 April 2003 | by (winnipeg, canada) – See all my reviews

My favourite part of this movie was when one of Charlie's former henchmen was being interviewed by Bugliosi. The young man candidly and reasonably answered every question put to him, and gave some startling insights into Manson's psyche, explaining Charlie's obsession with the Beatles and how it all related to the imminent race war. At the end of the interview, when the prosecutor asks him how such a reasonable and clear-headed young man could fall in with such a crowd, he turns and says, just as calmly and candidly, "Because Charlie is Jesus Christ."

Despite some truly over-the-top performances of Manson and his hollow-eyed harem of evil, this is a fascinating look at one of the more sensational crimes of the last century. Anyone interested in the case or in true crime in general should see this picture at least once.


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