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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
Melanie Scrofano ... Leslie Van Houten
Moti Yona Moti Yona ... Gary Hinman


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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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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Well-Made and Effective Docu-Drama
18 April 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Manson (2009)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This made-for-TV documentary takes a look at the brutal and ghastly murders committed by Charles Manson and his "family." Linda Kasabian was on hand for the Tate/LaBianca murders and she's interviewed here as she talks about her life in the family and what happened on those two nights.

There have been countless documentaries on Charles Manson so it's hard to find one that offers something new or different. This one here benefits from getting to hear from not only Kasabian but also Vincent Bugliosi, Catherine Share and Debra Tate who discusses what Roman Polanski was like when he got the news. Another benefit is that the re-enactments are quite effective here and we get some nice performances from the actors including Adam Kenneth Wilson who plays Manson.

There's plenty of discussion about the main events of this story including Manson's race war plans and of course the two nights of terror. Sensitive viewers should be warned that crime scene photos are shown and it's just amazing how crazed these people were when they were doing these crimes. The interviews themselves are quite good and contain plenty of details. With that said, I honestly can't see Kasabian as any sort of hero even though she did testify against the family.

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9 August 2009 (Canada) See more »

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