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The Manson Family (1997)

A dramatization of the horrific and notorious Manson Family Murders, in the form of super 8 home movies.

Director:

Jim Van Bebber

Writer:

Jim Van Bebber
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcelo Games Marcelo Games ... Charles Manson
Marc Pitman ... Charles 'Tex' Watson
Leslie Orr Leslie Orr ... Patty Krenwinkel
Maureen Allisse Maureen Allisse ... Susan 'Sadie' Atkins
Amy Yates Amy Yates ... Leslie van Houten
Jim Van Bebber Jim Van Bebber ... Bobby
Tom Burns Tom Burns ... Clem Watkins
Michelle Briggs Michelle Briggs ... Linda Kasabian
Sherri Rickman Sherri Rickman ... Snake
Nate Pennington Nate Pennington ... Shorty
M.M. Jones M.M. Jones ... Ronald
Carl Day Carl Day ... Jack Wilson
Jim Sayer Jim Sayer ... Bob
Mark Gillespie Mark Gillespie ... Terry
Paul Harper Paul Harper ... Jerry
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Storyline

If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. On a ranch outside of Los Angeles, the dream of the "Love Generation" is transforming into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman's paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the "Family," become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter are considered the path to righteousness.Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) delivers a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, a group hell-bent on executing the brutal vision of its leader, Charles Manson. You've seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of THE MANSOSN FAMILY. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violence, strong sexual content/nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When the Tate/LaBianca murders are depicted, the shot does not show Sharon Tate being stabbed in the stomach in detail, this is because director Jim Van Bebber highly objected to film a pregnant woman being stabbed in the stomach. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Unrated version runs 95 minutes (with 11 extra minutes of footage) and the R rated version is 84 minutes. See more »

Connections

Edited into Armageddon in Effect (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Faded
Written by Stephanie Opal Weinstein
Performed by Southern Isolation
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New take..OK, run with it
16 April 2005 | by murkingSee all my reviews

One can certainly forgive the filmmaker for not consulting with the family for accurate info. Dead end there. As Robin Williams said, if you can remember the sixties, you weren't really there. What remains is a great pop-culture plethora of reconstructions to choose from. What we sicko film fans have been waiting for for years is a truly hardcore no-holds barred version of the Manson saga. The two made-for TV versions are okay, Steve Railsback is great in The Stunt Man as well, and Ed Gein, very underrated actor.

Anyway, mad overdue for an NC17 splatterfest, and as long as it's low budget, you can expect some artistic license and the freedom to inject more social commentary on the subsequent generations who've adopted such an apocalyptic mind-set. JVB does get a bit carried away, integrating modern-day punks, junkies, tabloid journalists,Jim Jones recordings and poseurs into the mix. JVB goes out of his way to mirror the history of nihilistic punk attitude, straight on through the 80s with the Richard Kern film clips (You killed me first, starring the inimitable Lung Leg) So the film is a bit inconsistent. Far from perfect. It also combines remakes of the Manson documentary footage shot in the early 70s, while the girls are all armed and determined to free Charlie and crew. It's all over the place, very NBK. Also a very big dose of processed noise and simulated dirty film effects.

But the performances are good, the frenzy and mania are there. Very queasy and rough recreations of the Hinman/Tate/LaBianca murders. Strong stuff. Managed to cram a lot of character development into 95 minutes, despite also having fictional characters running rampant as well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cult Killers See more »

Filming Locations:

Dayton, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,647, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$19,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,140
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mercury Films See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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