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A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

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Based on the true story of the Manson murders. See more »

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In 2001, Jeremy Davies was in preparations for a different independent film about Charles Manson. He made a tape for the filmmakers of himself playing Manson and the tape became a popular bootleg in the industry. CBS cast Davies and allowed him to rewrite his lines due to his performance in the tape. See more »

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During Susan Atkin's testimony, Bugliosi approaches her with two photographs in his hand and asks her if she can identify the car belonging to victim Steve Parent. As he approaches, the photograph visible in his hand is clearly a black and white photo of a car parked in front of a building. However, when he hands the photo to her, the insert shot is a color photo of a car parked in a wooded drive. The other photo is that of Parent slumped dead behind the wheel and there were no other photos. See more »

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Vincent Bugliosi: For the record, Steven Parent... was shot 4 times. Jay Sebring was shot once, and stabbed seven times. Voytek Frykowski... was shot twice, struck over the head with a blunt object 13 times, and stabbed 51 times. Abigail Folger was stabbed 28 times. Sharon Tate was stabbed 16 times.
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Excellent, thorough, good attention to detail.
17 May 2004 | by (Granite Falls WA) – See all my reviews

I was eight when the Tate killings took place and grew up in Sherman Oaks approx' five miles from the Tate house on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon. Our family used to go hiking and picnicking at Chatsworth park right next to the Spahn ranch. I remember seeing a lot of hippies and street people hanging out there.

This is an excellent, well made version of the Manson case. Better than the 1976 movie although Steve Railsbach in that version was a better Manson. Jeremy Davies here was outstanding although slightly one-note. He "gets" Manson and has the moves, the looks and the theatrics but not Charlies vibe, menace and especially not his eyes.

The movie gets all the details right, right down to the misspelling of "Healter Skelter": the sequence of events during the killings, life on the ranch etc. It could easily have been a two parter and ended too abruptly. They didn't need to waste so much time on Roman Polanskis bereavement.

Clea DuVall as Linda was awesome. She was beautiful, sensitive and mature and has really come into her own as an actress since "Girl Interrupted". She carried the film here right alongside Davies.

For some reason, Leslie Van Houten got almost no screen time and there was no Danny DeCarlo, the biker who was a key informant. I think he was supposed to be the "Jerry" character. They also did away with the boys discovery, in his backyard, of the long barreled Buntline Special gun use to kill Frykowski.

I'm still waiting for the big budget, big screen version of the movie to come out and really do the story justice. My personal choices for Charlie: Tom Sizemore or Willem Dafoe (but, alas, it'll never happen. Too many skeletons in too many Hollywood closets).


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