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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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Actor George DiCenzo, who played Vincent Bugliosi, passed away on Aug 9, 2010 forty one years to the day after the Tate murders took place. See more »

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The TV crew car is followed and passed by a blue MGB. In the next shot, from behind, the car has disappeared. See more »

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Susan Atkins: I was holding her arms behind her and she's looking at me... begging an-and crying: "Please don't kill me. Please don't kill me. I don't wanna die. I wanna live. I wanna have my baby. I wanna have my baby." And I looked her straight in the eye and I said "Look, bitch. I don't care about you. I don't care about your baby. You better be ready. You're gonna die and I don't feel a thing about it." And then I proceeded to stab her, okay?
Ronnie Howard: Okay.
Susan Atkins: And you know what? I just kept stabbing her and stabbing...
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Better than most tv movies
1 April 2003 | by 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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