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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.


Jim Van Bebber


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


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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Did You Know?


To give the effect of someone being shot, 'Jim VanBebber' would break the top off of an egg, empty the yolk and fill the egg with fake blood which he would throw against an actor, this shot had to be edited quickly though. 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 »


Written by Cevin Key / Dwayne R. Goettel (as D.R. Goettel) / Mark Spybey / Phil Weston
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Horrifically trippy.
2 September 2005 | by Golgo-13See all my reviews

Director Jim Van Bebber finally got his low budget Manson picture released. Was it worth the wait? Sure, if you're interested in the case, that is. From what I can gather, the film is fairly accurate with its portrayal of events, actions, and even some dialogue. Van Bebber does take some liberty though, showing a few things that were only suspected in the real case. I guess that's to be expected. Anyway, the movie basically shows the story from the Manson Family's point of view, complete with faux interviews, tied together with a running subplot of a modern TV station putting together a documentary on Manson and his followers. Obviously, it is a very violent and disturbing movie, not shying away from the drug use, orgies, or murders. The shot of his three female followers with shaved heads, coming down the courtroom stairs, is a haunting one. The movie as a whole is not great, though I did find it intriguing, horrifically trippy, and ultimately tragic. It's a shame that some youths still look up to the guy, even wearing shirts with Manson's picture on it. The two DVD set includes two feature length documentaries and a short interview with Charlie Manson. Boy, is he out there.

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cult Killers See more »

Filming Locations:

Dayton, Ohio, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,647, 24 October 2004

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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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