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Manson (2009)

Follows Charles Manson's 'Family' member Linda Kasabian, and her story to what when on at Spahn's Movie Ranch and the final days leading up to the grisly 1969 Tate/La Bianca murders.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Blakely ... Terry Melcher
Meredith Cheesbrough Meredith Cheesbrough ... Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
Sascha Cole Sascha Cole ... Abigail Folger
Roger Doche ... Wojtek Frykowski
James Gilbert ... Charles 'Tex' Watson
Anthony Gerbrandt ... Bob Kasabian
Paul Anthony Hardy Paul Anthony Hardy ... Stan Shapiro
Morgan Kelly ... Dennis Wilson
Cora Kennedy Cora Kennedy ... Nancy 'Brenda' Pitman
Dave Kiner ... Bobby Beausoleil (as David Kiner)
Cat McCormick Cat McCormick ... Patricia 'Katie' Krenwinkel
Sarah Podemski ... Catherine 'Gypsy' Share
Brittany Scobie Brittany Scobie ... Susan 'Sadie' Atkins
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Follows Charles Manson's 'Family' member Linda Kasabian, and her story to what when on at Spahn's Movie Ranch and the final days leading up to the grisly 1969 Tate/La Bianca murders.

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9 August 2009 (Canada) See more »

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On the door of the saloon there are a number of slogans painted in red, one of which reads Helter Scelter, with a misspelling of Skelter. This is not a goof but as it was at the real Spahn Ranch. See more »


When Manson is talking to Dennis Wilson about Terry Melcher's refusal to continue recording Manson, the cord from the phone to the receiver changes from being tangled (or kinked) to untangled and back again. (at around 36 mins). See more »

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good, not great, documentary
8 September 2009 | by notpotusSee all my reviews

This was a good, not great, documentary. The part that was very well done was the realistic reenactment of watching the girls and Tex going into the house and doing the senseless deed. In previous movies and documentaries the reenactments were not at all realistic. In this one, you can actually believe that this is the way the crimes were committed. And the events are not depicted in a gruesome manner, while at the same time there was no question the murders were horrible. The part that was not well done was some of the scenes at the murder site suggest that you could just drive right by the house and you were right there. That was not the case. The house was behind a gated driveway and down the driveway. The LoBianco house was much more accurately depicted. I also think they made an error on the location of the Spahn Movie Ranch. I believe the graphic read that it was in Benedict Canyon. That is not correct. Spahn Movie Ranch was out in the Chatsworth area in the Simi Valley, although they were correct in saying it was about 25 miles from Los Angeles. Minor errors like this cause the documentary to lose credibility. Overall, I thought the documentary was well done. The acting in the reenactments was very believable. Getting the real Linda Kasabian to speak about the crimes was a real fine catch because, to the best of my knowledge, she's been silent on the crimes since she provided the testimony that put away Manson, Tex Watson and the girls. Was her version of things a bit slanted? Probably. But no one has ever said she actually participated in the killings-- not even the people she caused to spend the rest of their lives in prison, and not any member of the Manson family, and all of these people had reason to attack Kasabian's credibility. That doesn't make Kasabian a saint and she should have spent considerable time in prison (she didn't report the crimes, she simply ran away after the Lo Bianco murders)but without her testimony it is very likely Manson and all the others would have walked away without being convicted. This was a good documentary that, with a few improvements, could have been a great documentary. A documentary that includes Bugliosi, Tate's sister and Linda Kasabian is off to a great start and those interviews alone make this an important documentary.

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