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Helter Skelter (1976)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 April 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vincent Bugliosi
... Charles Manson
Nancy Wolfe ... Susan Atkins
... Linda Kasabian
... Patricia Krenwinkel
Cathey Paine ... Leslie Van Houten
... Aaron Stovitz
... Danny DeCarlo
... Ronnie Howard
George Garro ... Rosner
Vic Werber ... Lt. Brenner
Wright King ... Friend
... William Garretson
Edward Bell ... Sgt. Hank Kruger
... Punchy
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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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His name is Charles Manson. His disciples call him God. HE PREACHED DEATH! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Massacre in Hollywood  »

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The film almost was not shown in Los Angeles because network executives were afraid that it would stir up bad memories, especially since it had been only seven years since the murders. See more »

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One detective shows others how The Beatles' "White Album" has a song called "Helter Skelter". As he tells them this, he points to the Apple Records label on the record. The problem is, the label he's pointing to is the "sliced" label, which appeared on the even numbered sides of that (and any) Apple album. Since the song "Helter Skelter" appears on Side 3, the label should be of a green apple's body. See more »

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Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Sharon Tate... Jay Sebring... Voytek Frykowski... Abigail Folger... Steven Parent... Leno LaBianca... and Rosemary LaBianca are not here with us right now in this courtroom. But from their graves, they cry out for justice! And justice can only be served by you returning to this courtroom with a verdict of guilty.
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Referenced in Carlsen's Curse with Steve Railsback (2013) See more »

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I Can't Remember When
Written by Charles Manson
Performed by Steve Railsback
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The most terrifying made for TV movies ever made!
14 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is quite long but it is definitely worth sitting through! It is quite simply the best made-for TV movie ever made and held it's head high as the most popular made-for TV movie in history for several years and with good reason. It is a meticulously accurate portrayal of the crimes of Charles Manson and his "Family" and brags an absolutely chilling performance by Steve Railsback as Charlie. All of the actors and actresses in this film put on stellar performances in particular Marilyn Burns is heart wrenching as she breaks down on the witness stand with her portrayal of Linda Kasbian, the one "family" member involved in both nights of murder who did not actually murder anyone and who would later turn state's evidence and help secure their convictions. The scariest thing about this film is the reality of it. The fact that people like this actually exist in this world is very frightening as is the idea that one man could convince so many others to lie, cheat, steal and ultimately kill for him. There was a re-make to this film made in 2003 which leaves a lot to be desired but if your going to watch anything, watch the original. The re-make delves a bit more specifically into the murders themselves but this film is based on fact and court transcripts. Watch also for a special appearance by Eillen Dietz (Linda Blair's stunt double and the face of the demon Pazzuzu in "The Exorcist") as one of Manson's disciples.


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