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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.

Director:

Mary Harron

Writers:

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
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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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Dreamers. Victims. Murderers. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Both Tex Watson and the man portraying him, Chace Crawford, are originally from Texas. Watson was born in Farmersville in 1945, whereas Crawford was born in Lubbock in 1985. See more »

Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1956) See more »

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August
Written by Arthur Lee (as Arthur Taylor Lee) (BMI)
Published by Trio Music Company
Administered by BMG
Performed by Love
Courtesy of Elektra/WMG
By arrangement with Warner Music Group
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Good idea comes up short
8 March 2020 | by fryguy-88668See all my reviews

Kudos to the creative side for taking a look at this from the side of the female members of the Manson Family. As others have said it was just a little slow and didn't seem to get the most out of a pretty good cast. I don't think the film seeks to absolve the females of their guilt. I think they just tried to take an honest look at how vulnerable people can get indoctrinated. I would also disagree with those who call this a feminist movie, the movie does not seem to have any agenda just looks at these tragic murders from a different perspective. There is some nudity and sexuality which I think is necessary to accurately reflect the nature of the Manson Family Cult. As others have said, the movie is split between the flow of events in 68-69 and jail interviews after the trials. The jail scenes IMO are the best. The scenes at the ranches are a bit dark and tedious at times. There is one odd historical inaccuracy listed below. WARNING ONE SPOILER: In the film, Manson accidentally meets Sharon Tate then immediately sends the family out to kill her. This accidental meeting did take place but was several months before the murders.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Says See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,684, 12 May 2019

Gross USA:

$40,685

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,240
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2.35 : 1
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