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Helter Skelter (2004)

A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

Director:

John Gray

Writers:

Vincent Bugliosi (book), Curt Gentry (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Davies ... Charles Manson
Clea DuVall ... Linda Kasabian
Allison Smith ... Patricia 'Katie' Krenwinkel
Eric Dane ... Charles "Tex" Watson
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
Michael Weston ... Bobby Beausoleil
Hal Ozsan ... Joey Dimarco
Rick Gomez ... Milio
Robert Joy ... Detective Morrisy
Graham Beckel ... Jerry
Chris Ellis ... Sgt. Whiteley
Isabella Hofmann ... Rosemary LaBianca
Robert Costanzo ... Leno LaBianca
Yvonne Delarosa ... Catherine 'Gypsy' Share (as Yvonne De La Rosa)
Cheselka Leigh ... Kathryn 'Kitty' Lutesinger
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A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

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Based on the true story of the Manson murders. See more »


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According to the book by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, Charles Manson carved the X on his forehead while in prison for the murders, and several of his copied this act. He changed the X into a swastika, and his followers again followed suit. See more »

Goofs

As Linda is going through Rosemary Labianca's wallet, VISA and Master Cards can be seen. In 1969 Visa was called Bank AmeriCard and Master Card was called Master Charge. See more »

Quotes

Voytek Frykowski: What time is it?
Charles "Tex" Watson: Be quiet. Don't move or you're dead.
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Connections

References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

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Not bad, but some crucial details missing...
18 May 2004 | by frankiex13See all my reviews

Although I liked this remake of the '76 version, the original still surpassed it by miles. Jeremy Davies gave a very good performance as Manson, yet didn't send chills down my spine like Steve Railsback did in the original. Although I understand that the focus of this remake was more on Manson and the family and less on the investigation and trial, I felt some key details were, maybe purposely, left out. One that really bothered me was the fact that on both nights, the killers wore dark clothing and brought changes of clothing with them, though in this version they wore whatever they happened to have on at the ranch. Tossing the bloody clothing and weapons over an embankment, they had discarded what eventually became some of the first physical pieces of evidence found linking them directly to the crimes, other than actual prints found at the crime scene. For a film that supposedly paid such close attention to detail, this was a big one to omit. All in all, worth seeing. Do see the original, though, and I think you'll agree that Steve Railsback gave an almost effortless performance as Manson, seeming to be looking at you right through your TV screen.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helter Skelter See more »

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