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Director:
Writers:
Vincent Bugliosi (based on the book by) and
Curt Gentry (based on the book by) ...
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Release Date:
1 April 1976 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Garbage People See more (55 total) »

Cast

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George DiCenzo ... Vincent Bugliosi

Steve Railsback ... Charles Manson

Nancy Wolfe ... Susan Atkins

Marilyn Burns ... Linda Kasabian
Christina Hart ... Patricia Krenwinkel
Cathey Paine ... Leslie Van Houten

Alan Oppenheimer ... Aaron Stovitz

Rudy Ramos ... Danny DeCarlo
Sondra Blake ... Ronnie Howard
George Garro ... Rosner
Vic Werber ... Lt. Brenner
Wright King ... Friend

Jon Gries ... William Garretson
Edward Bell ... Sgt. Hank Kruger

Roy Jenson ... Punchy

Marc Alaimo ... Phil Cohen
Paul Mantee ... Sgt. O'Neal
Bill Durkin ... Tex Watson
Phillip R. Allen ... Sgt. Manuel Gris

David Clennon ... Harry Jones
James Brodhead ... Mr. Quint
Ray Middleton ... Mr. Spahn
Anthony Herrera ... Sgt. Smith
Al Checco ... Leno La Bianca
Robert F. Hoy ... Sgt. Franklin (as Robert Hoy)
Stanley Ralph Ross ... Sgt. Ross
Bart Burns ... Frank Fowles
Jerry Dunphy ... Newscaster
George Putnam ... Newscaster
Barbara Mallory ... Family Girl
Kathleen Devlin ... Family Girl
Asta Hansen ... Family Girl
Mary Jo Thatcher ... Family Girl
Deborah Parsons ... Family Girl
Tracy Tracton ... Family Girl
Melody Hinkle ... Family Girl

Eileen Dietz ... Family Girl (as Eileen Dietz Elber)
Deanne Gwinn ... Family Girl
Patricia Post ... Family Girl
Leila Davis ... Family Girl
Lindsay V. Jones ... Family Girl
Sondra Lowell ... Family Girl
Linden Chiles ... J. Miller Leavy
Katherine Pass ... Sgt. Broom (as Mary Kay Pass)
Laura Ash ... Virginia

Carole Ita White ... Big Sal (as Carol Ita White)
Martha Evans ... Nurse
Dorothy Meyer ... Housekeeper
Norman Bartolo ... Bald Man
Tracy Morgan ... Henna Woman
Raphael Baker ... Sgt. Brown
Bert Williams ... Deputy
Ralph Montgomery ... Grand Jury Foreman
Richard Venture ... Police Inspector

Doug McGrath ... Plainclothesman (as Douglas McGrath)
Louise Caire Clark ... Susan Struthers
Bert Conway ... Judge Keene

Larry Pennell ... Sgt. White
Johnny Fain ... Shorty Shea (as John Fain)
Toni Moss ... Rosemary La Bianca
Jim Boles ... Camarinos
Paul Kent ... Dennis Ranson
Robert Rothwell ... TV Reporter
Jack Miller ... Joe Dorgan
Alan Dexter ... Dog Owner
Will Brodhead ... Steve Quint
Josh Albee ... Struthers

John Evans ... Sanderson
Ronald Gold ... Cinquanta
Sidney Clute ... Reporter
Steve Gries ... Steve "Clem" Grogan
Blair Aaronson ... Sayce

Bruce French ... Officer Ocher
Fay Martin ... Le Page (as Foy Martin)
Phil Montgomery ... Reporter

Howard Caine ... Everett Scoville

Jason Ronard ... Paul Watkins
Skip Homeier ... Judge Older

Adam Williams ... Terrence Milik

Jonathan Goldsmith ... Hank Charter (as Jonathan Lippe)
Ann Newman-Mantee ... Mrs. Quint (as Anne Mantee Newman)
Joyce Easton ... Gail Bugliosi
Joseph Roman ... The Bailiff (as Joe Roman)
Lionel Decker ... Jury Foreman Tubick
Bill Sorrells ... Gillespie
John Furlong ... Judge Dell

Robert Ito ... Drees Darrin
Rod Arrants ... Bart Listen
Guy Remsen ... Andy Cookley
Read Morgan ... Officer Columbine
Cal Haynes ... Keith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bart Braverman ... George Brewer (Kasabian's lawyer) (uncredited)

Steven Marlo ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Gries 
 
Writing credits
Vincent Bugliosi (based on the book by) and
Curt Gentry (based on the book by)

J.P. Miller (teleplay)

Produced by
Philip Capice .... executive producer
Tom Gries .... producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
Jules Brenner 
 
Film Editing by
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt 
Bud S. Isaacs 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Barber  (as Phil Barber)
 
Set Decoration by
James Cane  (as Jim Cane)
 
Makeup Department
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Birnbaum .... unit production manager (as Bob Birnbaum)
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive in charge of production
Lynn Guthrie .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Gries .... second assistant director
Ken Swor .... first assistant director
Ray Taylor Jr. .... first assistant director (as Ray Taylor)
 
Art Department
Mike Miner .... property master
 
Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor (as Vic Guarnier)
Tom Overton .... production sound mixer
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Saniger .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... fire stunts double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincent A. Martinelli .... camera operator (as Vincent Martinelli)
Lon Massey .... electrical gaffer
Chuck Morgan .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Costich .... wardrobe (as Tom Costich)
Nancy Martinelli .... wardrobe
Patricia Norris .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Gene Fowler Jr. .... supervising editor (as Gene Fowler)
 
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
 
Other crew
Elie Cohen .... assistant to producer
Frank Kowalski .... script supervisor
Phill Norman .... title designer
Judi Rosner .... production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Massacre in Hollywood" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
119 min | USA:194 min (original version) | USA:184 min (DVD version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Manson's "Family" car was the original one used by them, which was loaned by the authorities.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Prison Inmate:What's your name?
Susan Atkins:Sadie. Sexy Sadie.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Video Violence (1987) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
PiggiesSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Garbage People, 20 May 2007
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Despite a hokey opening prologue by a narrator who talks directly to viewers, this three hour made-for-TV docu-drama provides a generally good overview of the real-life Tate/LaBianca murders that occurred in the summer of 1969, and the subsequent trial of Charles Manson and his "family". Based on the book "Helter Skelter" by Manson Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, the film has a dragnet or prosecution tone to it, as it describes events from Bugliosi's point of view. That is okay, except that the script minimizes the crucial role of Tex Watson, one of the actual killers. After the murders, Watson fled to Texas, and was initially beyond Bugliosi's prosecution reach. Later, Watson was extradited back to California.

The film's first half is confusing because it presents so many Manson family names; this part of the film is somewhat hard to follow. The film's second half concentrates on the courtroom trial and is therefore more straightforward. The film's pace tends to be slow. There are several long speeches. And some scenes are either unnecessary or overly long. One scene in the second half goes on for some ten minutes. Overall, the film has a made-for-TV look and feel. Production design, costumes, and makeup are credible. As Manson, Steve Railsback's performance is ... intense.

What makes this film worth watching is that it is a true story ... and a powerful one. Manson had no qualms about killing innocent people. And he sought to sublease that evil to weaker personalities, like Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Leslie Van Houten, and other members of his hippie clan. And that power over others in turn fed his megalomania.

Manson was a cultural scavenger, a junk man without conscience. He and his "family" subsisted on food from dumpsters behind supermarkets. And at one point in the film, he even says he wouldn't mind prison chow; "it's better than (eating) garbage". What a statement. It says a lot about him and about his followers.

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