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Helter Skelter 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Mini-Series (1976)
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The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
George DiCenzo ...  Vincent Bugliosi 2 episodes, 1976
Steve Railsback ...  Charles Manson 2 episodes, 1976
Nancy Wolfe ...  Susan Atkins 2 episodes, 1976
Marilyn Burns ...  Linda Kasabian 2 episodes, 1976
Christina Hart ...  Patricia Krenwinkel 2 episodes, 1976
Cathey Paine Cathey Paine ...  Leslie Van Houten 2 episodes, 1976
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Aaron Stovitz 2 episodes, 1976
Vic Werber Vic Werber ...  Lt. Brenner 2 episodes, 1976
Marc Alaimo ...  Phil Cohen 2 episodes, 1976
Bill Durkin Bill Durkin ...  Tex Watson 2 episodes, 1976
Phillip R. Allen ...  Sgt. Manuel Gris 2 episodes, 1976
David Clennon ...  Harry Jones 2 episodes, 1976
James Brodhead James Brodhead ...  Mr. Quint 2 episodes, 1976
Linden Chiles ...  J. Miller Leavy 2 episodes, 1976
Larry Pennell ...  Sgt. White 2 episodes, 1976
Steve Gries Steve Gries ...  Steve 'Clem' Grogan 2 episodes, 1976
Anne Newman Bacal Anne Newman Bacal ...  Mrs. Quint 2 episodes, 1976


Chilling story of the investigation and trial of Charles Manson, leader of a strange cult which under his direction and 'control' committed numerous murders. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Release Date:

1 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre in Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the LaBianca house was used in the movie, the Tate house was not. See more »


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 »


Susan Atkins: I was holding her arms behind her and she's looking at me... begging an-and crying: "Please don't kill me. Please don't kill me. I don't wanna die. I wanna live. I wanna have my baby. I wanna have my baby." And I looked her straight in the eye and I said "Look, bitch. I don't care about you. I don't care about your baby. You better be ready. You're gonna die and I don't feel a thing about it." And then I proceeded to stab her, okay?
Ronnie Howard: Okay.
Susan Atkins: And you know what? I just kept stabbing her and stabbing...
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Alternate Versions

There is a longer version of this movie and this was shown in as a two-part miniseries. The length of the uncut and uncensored movie is 180 minutes. See more »


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I'm Scratching Peace Symbols on Your Tombstone
(a.k.a. "First They Made Me Sleep in the Closet")
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Still Chilling 30 Years Later
21 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I found this to be one of the more interesting made-for-TV films I'ever watched, thanks to the sensationalism of the true-life story and the mesmerizing performances of the lead villain (Steve Railsback) and his followers. Railsback's eyes alone are frighteningly haunting to this viewer, 30 years after first seeing it. By the way, my VHS tape has one f-word in the film, which would never be allowed on TV. What gives with that?

Actually, the most frightening people, as a whole, were the women who did Manson's killing for him. I was creeped out more by Nancy Wolfe's chilling performance of Susan Atkins than I did was by anyone else, including the famous "Charlie."

The film has turned out to be a pretty good piece of American history, the kind of crime history we'd like to forget.

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