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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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Trivia

While the LaBianca house was used in the movie, the Tate house was not. 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 »

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Prison Inmate: What's your name?
Susan Atkins: Sadie. Sexy Sadie.
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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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Long, Long, Long
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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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