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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
16 May 2004 (USA) See more »
Based on the true story of the Manson murders. See more »
A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jeremy Davies ... Charles Manson

Clea DuVall ... Linda Kasabian

Allison Smith ... Patricia 'Katie' Krenwinkle

Eric Dane ... Charles "Tex" Watson

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme

Michael Weston ... Bobby Beausoleil

Hal Ozsan ... Joey Dimarco

Rick Gomez ... Milio

Robert Joy ... Detective Morrisy

Graham Beckel ... Jerry

Chris Ellis ... Sgt. Whiteley

Isabella Hofmann ... Rosemary LaBianca

Robert Costanzo ... Leno LaBianca

Yvonne Delarosa ... Catherine 'Gypsy' Share (as Yvonne De La Rosa)

Cheselka Leigh ... Kathryn 'Kitty' Lutesinger

Keith Szarabajka

John Pleshette ... Mr. Krenwikle

Whitney Dylan ... Sharon Tate

Susan Ruttan ... Mrs. Kasabian

Marguerite Moreau ... Susan 'Sadie' Atkins

Bruno Kirby ... Vincent Bugliosi

Catherine Wadkins ... Leslie Van Houten

Kai Lennox ... Steve 'Clem' Grogan

Hopwood DePree ... Paul Watkins (as Hopwood Depree)
Matthew J. Williamson ... Bruce Davis (as Matt Williamson)

Nick Jameson ... Gary Fleishman

Kirk B.R. Woller ... Detective Kleinman

Robert Pine ... Judge Keene
Wolf Muser ... Chief Davis

Marek Probosz ... Roman Polanski

Elizabeth Ann Bennett ... Abigail Folger (as Elizabeth Bennett)

George Tasudis ... Voytek Frykowski

Patrick Fabian ... Jay Sebring

Jaimz Woolvett ... Gary Hinman

Lance Ohnstad ... Steve Parent
Kelly Nyks ... Will Garretson

François Chau ... Dr. Noguchi

Jeffrey Johnson ... Terry Melcher
Chris Jacobs ... Dennis Wilson (as Christopher Jacobs)

Chad Morgan ... Suzanne LaBianca
Jeanette O'Connor ... Ronni

Kim Strauss ... Sgt. William Gleason

Gwen McGee ... Winifred Chapman
Mark Thompson ... L.A. Newscaster
Patricia Del Rio ... Local TV Reporter
Kevin London ... Richard Caballero

P.J. Byrne ... Man With Thick Glasses
Paul Kent ... Van Nuys Judge

John Lacy ... CHP Officer
Ted Garcia ... Stand Up Reporter at Tate House
Abner Genece ... Jail Guard

Apesanahkwat ... Guard Duty Cop
Patricia Herd ... Woman on the Street
Susannah L. Brown ... College hippie #1
John K. Anderson ... Officer Pursell (as J.K. Anderson)

David Ackert ... Jerry Rubin

Danielle DiCerbo ... Bernardine Dohrn (as Danielle Di Cerbo)

Endre Hules ... Polish Man

Maura Soden ... Gossip Queen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Crystal Rivers ... Diane (scenes deleted)
Jessalyn Waldron ... Sandra Good
Samuel DeClan Anderson ... Manson Family Baby (uncredited)
Susie Castaneda ... Cashier (uncredited)

Chris Corpus ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Joseph Dowd ... Family Member (uncredited)

Michael Gabriel Goodfriend ... Detective (uncredited)

Daniel V. Graulau ... Driver (uncredited)

Greg Hutto ... CHP Officer (uncredited)
Fred Kelly ... Roman Polanski's friend (uncredited)

Ricky Lewis Jr. ... Family Member (uncredited)

Lorelei Llee ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Adrian Morales ... Family Member (uncredited)

Christian Reeve ... Manson's Public Defender (uncredited)
Frank Zieger ... Clem Watkins (uncredited)

Directed by
John Gray 
Writing credits
Vincent Bugliosi (book "Helter Skelter") and
Curt Gentry (book "Helter Skelter")

John Gray (written by)

Produced by
Vincent Bugliosi .... executive producer
Vincent Bugliosi .... producer
Desiree J. Cadena .... associate producer
Peter Miller .... executive producer
Mark Wolper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Don E. FauntLeRoy 
Film Editing by
Scott Vickrey 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Henderson 
Roy Forge Smith 
Set Decoration by
Julie Bolder 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
Makeup Department
Judy Crown .... hair department head
RaMona Fleetwood .... hair stylist
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup department head
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist (as G. Dennis Liddiard)
Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman .... assistant hair stylist
Elizabeth Rabe .... additional hair stylist (2004)
Tegan Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Desiree J. Cadena .... post-production supervisor
Carla Corwin .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Berger .... second assistant director
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sandy Adams .... on-set dresser
Melissa Bartley .... art assistant
Chuck Courrieu .... lead man
Tracy Farrington .... property master
Terry Kempf .... propmaker foreman
Ricky Lewis Jr. .... storyboard artist
Mark Richardson .... set dresser
Harlan Spatz .... props
Sound Department
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer
Sean Byrne .... assistant sound editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (2004)
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Kristi Johns .... adr supervisor
Kevin Maloney .... boom operator
Kevin Meltcher .... assistant sound editor
Gaetano Musso .... foreign version
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Steuart Pearce .... sound mixer
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
David Torres .... foley mixer
Gunnar Ted Walter .... boom operator (as Gunnar Walters)
Ian Wright .... boom operator
Lou Thomas .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roland Friedrich .... digital compositor
Miro Gal .... Inferno artist
Vít Komrzý .... visual effects producer
Peter Nemec .... Inferno artist
Jan Vseticek .... visual effects coordinator
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt player
Jennifer Brusciano .... stunt team member
Alex Daniels .... stunt coordinator
Brett Gassaway .... stunt double
Tanner Gill .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Nicole Randall .... stunts
Tony Snegoff .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Avila .... film loader: day player
Charles John Bukey .... key grip
Matthew A. Del Ruth .... film loader
Tim Durr .... electrician
Sean P. Fickert .... best boy grip
Daniel Kauahi .... grip
Christopher Kiso .... electrician
Ron Peterson .... assistant camera
Brendon Phillips .... electrician
Peyton Skelton .... rigging gaffer
Casting Department
Geoffrey Miclat .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeannie Flynn .... costume supervisor
Meredith Korn .... costumer
Silvia Raiano .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Josh Beal .... assistant editor
Scott Burnette .... assistant editor
George Koran .... telecine colorist
Frank Pass .... colorist
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Ray Evans .... composer: song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be"
Jay Livingston .... composer: song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be"
Mark Morgan .... composer: additional music score
Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver
Lonnie Craig .... driver
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialect coach
Tina Bennett .... production coordinator
Jan Bickler .... first assistant accountant
Coriedus Brown .... production assistant
Tracy Browne .... accounting clerk (as Tracey Browne)
Laura Elizabeth Cannon .... assistant to executive producer
Rosemary Gearheart .... stand-in
Jeffrey Gladu .... payroll accountant
Lisa Howard .... production accountant
Deborah Laub .... location manager
Suzan Lowitz .... script supervisor
Franka Mavrides .... production assistant
Jess Place .... production secretary
Beth Theriac .... assistant: Mr. Friedgen
Catherine H. Vlasuk .... assistant production coordinator
Christopher H. Warner .... accounting clerk
Christopher H. Warner .... production accounting assistant

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USA:180 min (including commercials) | 137 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

In this "Helter Skelter" film, Manson is shown with an "X" mark on his forehead. In real life Manson wore a Nazi Swastika tattoo on his forehead. (During the trial he carved the x to represent "his being x'd out of society" it wouldn't be until sometime later he turned it into the swastika.See more »
Anachronisms: The opening credits montage of iconic '60s imagery includes an adult cinema marquee showing the film Cry for Cindy (1976) which wasn't released until 1976.See more »
Sharon Tate:[cries] Please don't kill me!
Susan 'Sadie' Atkins:Look, bitch, I have no mercy for you.
Sharon Tate:Please let me live so I can have my baby...
Susan 'Sadie' Atkins:[Susan stabs Sharon, then Patricia joins in]
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Movie Connections:
References Cry for Cindy (1976)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Above Average TV Fare, 21 May 2004
Author: furirosa from USA

Doubtless this will be compared with the 1970s TV movie for most of the feedback on it. Having seen both, the main thoughts that come to mind are that in this version there is more emphasis and clarity on the motives and goals of Manson, as well as what life in the "Family" entailed. A lot of the story is shown through the eyes of Linda Kasabian.

But what really stands out is that unlike in this remake, in the 70's movie the writers had an extremely irritating penchant for 2 characters to have a conversation in a scene, and then one character suddenly starts talking to the camera like a narrator. Thankfully that is gone, and instead of 2 deadpan detectives talking about the crimes that happened, in this version they show what happened.

As anyone who has seen newsreels of the real Manson will attest, the acting of Jeremy Davies as Manson is excellent, even eerily hair raising in some scenes. It would be clear to anyone giving this a fair viewing that Davies has watched a lot of footage of Manson's talking style and mannerisms, and has done his homework quite well.

One drawback in this version is the sudden use of film negatives for 1 or 2 second shots, to try and make the violence look more dramatic, but these efforts usually just marred the scene.

Overall, well worth watching if you haven't seen it, or would like a fresh take on the Tate-LaBianca murders. Certainly better than most of the shallow junk on the tube these days.

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