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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Mary Brunner Mary Brunner ... Herself
Vincent Bugliosi ... Himself
Bruce Davis Bruce Davis ... Himself
Lynette Fromme Lynette Fromme ... Herself
Sandra Good Sandra Good ... Herself
Steve Grogan Steve Grogan ... Himself
Ronnie Howard Ronnie Howard ... Herself
Charles Manson ... Himself
Jesse Pearson ... Narrator (voice) (as Jess Pearson)
Phil Phillips Phil Phillips ... Himself
Nancy Pitman Nancy Pitman ... Herself
Brooks Poston Brooks Poston ... Himself
Catherine Share Catherine Share ... Herself
George Spahn George Spahn ... Himself
Paul Watkins 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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Manson is the word... for MURDER See more »


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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manson and Squeaky Fromme See more »

Filming Locations:

Shoshone, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Charles Manson: "These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up."
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Soundtracks

Young Girl
Written and Performed by Paul Watkins and Brooks Poston
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The beginning of the end...
3 June 2004 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

"Manson" is a sad, disturbing film. It's horrible enough to hear the details of the Tate/LaBianca murders being recounted and to see the vicious, empty look in the eyes of Charlie's girls as they brandish guns and spout their guru's "philosophy"...but that's not all this documentary has to offer. Indeed, it poses a question of even greater importance than Manson's crimes: what happened in the '60s? Why did it all end so badly? The soundtrack, performed by former Family members "Little" Paul Watkins (at one time Manson's right-hand man) and Brooks Poston, consists of slow, slightly corny-sounding, but haunting and utterly apt acoustic songs. "Have you ever wondered what you were here for?" Watkins solemnly intones during the opening theme. "Have you ever wondered, 'Is there more?'" Later, talking about his involvement with Manson, Watkins says frankly, "I thought Charlie was Jesus." It is at this point that the sociological question which meanders its way through the film like a deep, dark river becomes apparent: what made these young people feel so lost and confused that they needed a Christ-figure, and what made them believe that Charles Manson was the messiah they sought? I'm afraid that we lost the last of our innocence and goodwill at the end of the '60s...and that if we do not examine how flower power, peace symbols and the Monterey Pop Festival led to sleaze, the Manson murders and Altamont in the space of just two short years, we'll never get it back.


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