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Helter Skelter (1976)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 April 1976
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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His name is Charles Manson. His disciples call him God. HE PREACHED DEATH!

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1 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Massacre in Hollywood  »

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When Steve Railsback received a call to come to Los Angeles to read for the part of Charles Manson in the movie, he auditioned by reading the speech Charles Manson gave in the jury-less courtroom. Three days later he had the role. See more »

Goofs

The Tate/LaBianca homicides took place in 1969. Yet some of the squad cars that are shown when the LAPD responds to the Tate house are 1971 Dodge Polaras. Besides being incorrect for the year of the murders, the LAPD patrol cars of the era were 1968 and 1969 Plymouth Belvederes. See more »

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Ronnie Howard: What's your name, honey?
Susan Atkins: Sadie. Sexy Sadie.
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Remade as Helter Skelter (2004) See more »

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Long, Long, Long
Written by George Harrison
Performed by Silverspoon
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My review of Helter-Skelter
16 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is without a doubt one of the best made for TV movies of all time Because it shows how the authorities were able to solve one of the most horrifying crimes in US history And indeed the cast none of whom could be considered "stars" all did an outstanding job in their roles.And in particular Steve Railsback as Charles Manson created a role that will be remembered forever.Also good was veteran character actor George DeCenzo as Asst DA Vincent Bugliosi who's put in charge of prosecuting the Manson Family. Also excellent were Nancy Wolfe as Susan Denise Atkins Marilyn Burns as Linda Kasabian who's testimony was largely responsible for the conviction of The Manson family.And indeed the entire cast was excellent and included many faces that were familiar to movie fans including Paul Mantee as Sgt Oneal(who gained some fame as the star of Robinson Crusoe on Mars his only leading role)And in the role of Judge Older was actor Skip Homeir.And indeed the end of the first part shows a sneering Mansons face which even now is quite scary.Irecomend this movie which is far better then the 2004 TV Movie of the same name.


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