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Manson (1973)

Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Mary Brunner ... Herself
... Himself
Bruce Davis ... Himself
Lynette Fromme ... Herself
Sandra Good ... Herself
Steve Grogan ... Himself
Ronnie Howard ... Herself
... Himself
... Narrator (voice) (as Jess Pearson)
Phil Phillips ... Himself
Nancy Pitman ... Herself
Brooks Poston ... Himself
Catherine Share ... Herself
George Spahn ... Himself
Paul Watkins ... Himself
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Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson from his birth to the family formation to the Tate/La Bianca murders. Plenty of footage of the family playing at Spahn Ranch. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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January 1973 (USA)  »

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Manson and Squeaky Fromme  »

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Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins, who provided the musical score for the film, were both former members of the "Manson Family". See more »

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Lynette Fromme: [holding a rifle] You have to make love with it. You have to know it...
[moans]
Lynette Fromme: You have to know every part of it. And to know you know it is to know it, so that you could pick it up, any second, and SHOOT!
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Referenced in The Book of Manson (1989) See more »

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White Cloud Machine
Written and Performed by Paul Watkins and Brooks Poston
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Well-shot period documentary with extensive footage of Manson and his "Family"
12 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best documentaries made on Manson and his cult "Family". There is extensive footage of the most important cult members talking about "the Family" and life with Charlie. In addition, the film includes fascinating footage that the family members apparently took of themselves as they lived communally on the Spahn ranch. The most chilling sections involve 3 young women (Lynette Fromme,Sandra Good, Mary Bruner) who explain their views of Charlie and the Tate/La Bianca murders while each one cradles a rifle and passes a snake between them. This film also has very creative cinematography making extensive use of three-panel screens and bold primary colors saturating the frames. Since the documentary Woodstock was shot in 1970, this film seems to have been influenced by it in the use of quick cutting and the tri-panel screens. As part of the sound track there are many "trippy" folk songs (good .wav material) sung by two ex-Manson family members -Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins. While some of the narration by Pearson and Bugliosi is creaky and dated, the bulk of the documentary, especially the extensive interviews, is disturbing and fascinating at the same time. A very good film.


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