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Manson (1973)

Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson... See full summary »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Mary Brunner ... Self
Vincent Bugliosi ... Self
Bruce Davis Bruce Davis ... Self
Lynette Fromme ... Self
Sandra Good Sandra Good ... Self
Steve Grogan Steve Grogan ... Self
Ronnie Howard Ronnie Howard ... Self
Charles Manson ... Self
Jesse Pearson ... Narrator (voice) (as Jess Pearson)
Phil Phillips Phil Phillips ... Self
Nancy Pitman Nancy Pitman ... Self
Brooks Poston Brooks Poston ... Self
Catherine Share Catherine Share ... Self
George Spahn ... Self
Paul Watkins Paul Watkins ... Self
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Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson from his birth to the family formation to the Tate/La Bianca murders. Plenty of footage of the family playing at Spahn Ranch. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Manson is the word... for MURDER See more »


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Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins, who provided the musical score for the film, were both former members of the "Manson Family". See more »


Lynette Fromme: [holding a rifle] You have to make love with it. You have to know it...
Lynette Fromme: You have to know every part of it. And to know you know it is to know it, so that you could pick it up, any second, and SHOOT!
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Referenced in The Book of Manson (1989) See more »


Never Say Never to Always
by Manson Family Jams
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The beginning of the end...
3 June 2004 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

"Manson" is a sad, disturbing film. It's horrible enough to hear the details of the Tate/LaBianca murders being recounted and to see the vicious, empty look in the eyes of Charlie's girls as they brandish guns and spout their guru's "philosophy"...but that's not all this documentary has to offer. Indeed, it poses a question of even greater importance than Manson's crimes: what happened in the '60s? Why did it all end so badly? The soundtrack, performed by former Family members "Little" Paul Watkins (at one time Manson's right-hand man) and Brooks Poston, consists of slow, slightly corny-sounding, but haunting and utterly apt acoustic songs. "Have you ever wondered what you were here for?" Watkins solemnly intones during the opening theme. "Have you ever wondered, 'Is there more?'" Later, talking about his involvement with Manson, Watkins says frankly, "I thought Charlie was Jesus." It is at this point that the sociological question which meanders its way through the film like a deep, dark river becomes apparent: what made these young people feel so lost and confused that they needed a Christ-figure, and what made them believe that Charles Manson was the messiah they sought? I'm afraid that we lost the last of our innocence and goodwill at the end of the '60s...and that if we do not examine how flower power, peace symbols and the Monterey Pop Festival led to sleaze, the Manson murders and Altamont in the space of just two short years, we'll never get it back.

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Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manson and Squeaky Fromme See more »

Filming Locations:

Shoshone, California, USA See more »

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