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Charlie Says (2018)

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The tragic tale of an all-American girl who was transformed into a cold-blooded killer in the summer of 1969.


Mary Harron


Guinevere Turner, Ed Sanders (based on the book "The Family" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Murray ... Leslie 'Lulu' Van Houten
Matt Smith ... Charles Manson
Sosie Bacon ... Patricia 'Katie' Krenwinkel
Marianne Rendón ... Susan 'Sadie' Atkins
Merritt Wever ... Karlene Faith
Suki Waterhouse ... Mary Brunner
Chace Crawford ... Tex Watson
Annabeth Gish ... Virginia Carlson
Kayli Carter ... Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
Grace Van Dien ... Sharon Tate
Bridger Zadina ... Paul Watkins
Julia Schlaepfer ... Sandra Good
Dayle McLeod ... Catherine 'Gypsy' Share
Morgan Melton ... Ruth Ann Moorehouse
India Ennenga ... Linda Kasabian


Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them - and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes. Written by Guinevere Turner

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The shocking true story of the Manson Family murders. See more »


Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use, and language | See all certifications »

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Surprisingly Interesting
8 August 2019 | by jmihalchik-67031See all my reviews

I consider myself to be an amateur "expert" on the Manson Family/Murders. This film has some historical inaccuracies (Linda Kasabian drove the murderers on both nights). But despite a few technical errors, it is a sensitive fiction of how the women came to grips with what they had done. But before you feel sorry for the Manson Girls know these facts: Susan Atkins had an extensive rap sheet long before knowing Manson. Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten were street-wise acid heads prior to falling under Manson's "spell". So don't be fooled into thinking that this trio were sweet, innocent virgins. Manson ordered the killings to appear as copy-cat murders to free Bobby (who appears early in the movie and would later kill musician Garry Hinman, along with Susan Atkins) It was refreshing to see a portrayal of Charlie that was not evil incarnate. Manson was nuts, but not a 24/7 paranoid psychopath. This portrayal is probably closer to the truth. I enjoyed it immensely. But we will never know the complete truth about the two nights of mayhem in August, 1969.

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Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,684, 12 May 2019

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2.35 : 1
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