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Helter Skelter 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Mini-Series (1976)
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The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
George DiCenzo ...  Vincent Bugliosi 2 episodes, 1976
Steve Railsback ...  Charles Manson 2 episodes, 1976
Nancy Wolfe ...  Susan Atkins 2 episodes, 1976
Marilyn Burns ...  Linda Kasabian 2 episodes, 1976
Christina Hart ...  Patricia Krenwinkel 2 episodes, 1976
Cathey Paine Cathey Paine ...  Leslie Van Houten 2 episodes, 1976
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Aaron Stovitz 2 episodes, 1976
Vic Werber Vic Werber ...  Lt. Brenner 2 episodes, 1976
Marc Alaimo ...  Phil Cohen 2 episodes, 1976
Bill Durkin Bill Durkin ...  Tex Watson 2 episodes, 1976
Phillip R. Allen ...  Sgt. Manuel Gris 2 episodes, 1976
David Clennon ...  Harry Jones 2 episodes, 1976
James Brodhead James Brodhead ...  Mr. Quint 2 episodes, 1976
Linden Chiles ...  J. Miller Leavy 2 episodes, 1976
Larry Pennell ...  Sgt. White 2 episodes, 1976
Steve Gries Steve Gries ...  Steve 'Clem' Grogan 2 episodes, 1976
Anne Newman Bacal Anne Newman Bacal ...  Mrs. Quint 2 episodes, 1976
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Chilling story of the investigation and trial of Charles Manson, leader of a strange cult which under his direction and 'control' committed numerous murders. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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The shocking story of the Manson clan. Their wave of ritualistic murders... And the madman they killed for. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre in Hollywood See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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(original broadcast) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While the LaBianca house was used in the movie, the Tate house was not. See more »

Goofs

The Tate/LaBianca homicides took place in 1969. Yet some of the squad cars that are shown when the LAPD responds to the Tate house are 1971 Dodge Polaras. Besides being incorrect for the year of the murders, the LAPD patrol cars of the era were 1968 and 1969 Plymouth Belvederes. See more »

Quotes

Susan Atkins: I was holding her arms behind her and she's looking at me... begging an-and crying: "Please don't kill me. Please don't kill me. I don't wanna die. I wanna live. I wanna have my baby. I wanna have my baby." And I looked her straight in the eye and I said "Look, bitch. I don't care about you. I don't care about your baby. You better be ready. You're gonna die and I don't feel a thing about it." And then I proceeded to stab her, okay?
Ronnie Howard: Okay.
Susan Atkins: And you know what? I just kept stabbing her and stabbing...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Shorty Shea's response to Charles Manson's comment, "It ain't nice to snitch, Shorty!" differs between the two-part miniseries and the home video release. In the two-part miniseries, Shorty says "Horse manure!". In the home video release, he says "Go fuck yourself, Charlie!". See more »

Connections

Version of Manson's Lost Girls (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Garbage Dump
Written by Charles Manson
Performed by Steve Railsback
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Scary and always will be
22 September 2001 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

A quarter century after it was made, and over thirty years since the actual crimes took place, Helter Skelter is still a very chilling movie to watch. As stated in the on-screen introduction, the crimes would not have been believable if they were not true, and having them be the focus of a film inherently makes for a frightening tale. Told mainly from the perspective of the prosecutor, it covers events from the discovery of the victims through Manson heading off to prison. Railsback is absolutely faultless in his portrayal of Manson; the scene where he recreates Manson's speech to the courtroom is very chilling and will stay with you after the movie ends. The storyline spends perhaps a little too much time in the courtroom and maybe should have built up the events leading to the murders more, but it is still well written. Railsback is the obvious star of the film, but everyone else also does a lot better job than you'd expect for a TV-movie from 1976. Watch Helter Skelter anytime you can find it; it's a movie that teaches the lesson that truth is stranger than fiction and reality is more frightening than any Hollywood horror film.


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