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Helter Skelter

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Steve Railsback's superb and unsettling performance as Charles Manson brings this made-for-TV movie to life, and the film gets a simple but respectful treatment for its release on DVD. Helter Skelter has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. No bonus materials have been included, but the film has been released on DVD in its complete ...
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Overview

Steve Railsback's superb and unsettling performance as Charles Manson brings this made-for-TV movie to life, and the film gets a simple but respectful treatment for its release on DVD. Helter Skelter has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. No bonus materials have been included, but the film has been released on DVD in its complete three-hours-plus running time.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

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Adapted from the book by Vincent Bugliosi, Helter Skelter is a stellar docudrama that details the Manson family murders and the subsequent trial. Using a documentary style with voice-over narration to keep the story moving along, director Tom Gries perfectly captures the horrifying details of the case, including Charles Manson's eerie, brainwashed followers and his belief that he was receiving messages to start a race war from The Beatles' White Album. The film also does a fantastic job of conveying the public fear over a case that sent shock waves throughout the entire nation. In the part of Manson, Steve Railsback is frenetic, frightening, and always mesmerizing. His powerful address to the courtroom at the end even provokes a glimpse of sympathy for the madman. In a less exciting role opposite Railsback, George DiCenzo is solid as Bugliosi, the young lawyer chosen to prosecute the case. Helter Skelter was originally shown as a two-part CBS television movie that ran 194 minutes, but beware the video version released in the 1980s -- it comes in at a significantly chopped 119 minutes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • UPC: 085393193829
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,874

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George DiCenzo Vincent Bugliosi
Steve Railsback Charles Manson
Nancy Wolfe Susan Atkins
Marilyn Burns Linda Kasabian
Christina Hart Patricia Krenwinkel
Cathey Paine Leslie Van Houten
Alan Oppenheimer Aaron Stovitz
Rudy Ramos Danny DeCarlo
Sondra Blake Ronnie Howard
Wright King Friend
Edward Bell Sgt. Hank Kruger
Roy Jenson Punchy
Marc Alaimo Phil Cohen
Paul Mantee Sgt. O'Neal
Bill Durkin Tex Watson
Phillip Richard Allen Sgt. Manuel Gris
David Clennon Harry Jones
Ray Middleton Mr. Spahn
Anthony Herrera Sgt. Smith
Al Checco Leno LaBianca
Robert Hoy Sgt. Franklin
Stanley Ralph Ross Sgt. Ross
Bart Burns Frank Fowler
Jerry Dunphy Newscaster
George Putnam Newscaster
Barbara Mallory "Family" Girl
Deborah Parsons "Family" Girl
Linden Chiles J. Miller Leavy
Mary Kay Pass Sgt. Broom
Carole Ita White Big Sal
Dorothy Meyer Housekeeper
Tracy Morgan Henna Woman
Bert Williams Deputy
Ralph Montgomery Grand Jury Foreman
Richard Venture Police Inspector
Louise Caire Clark Susan Struthers
Bert Conway Judge Keene
Larry Pennell Sgt. White
Jim Boles Camarinos
Paul Kent Dennis Ranson
Robert Rothwell TV Reporter
Jack Miller Joe Dorgan
Alan Dexter Dog Owner
Josh Albee Struthers
John Evans Sanderson
Sidney Clute Reporter
Bruce French Officer Ocher
Howard Caine Everett Scoville
Jason Ronard Paul Watkins
Skip Homeier Judge Older
Adam Williams Terrence Milik
Jonathan Lippe Hank Charter
Joyce Easton Gail Bugliosi
Joe Roman The Bailiff
Bill Sorrells Gillespie
John Furlong Judge Dell
Robert Ito Drees Darrin
Rod Arrants Bart Listen
Guy Remsen Andy Cookley
Read Morgan Officer Columbine
Cal Haynes Keith
Jon Gries William Garretson
James Brodhead Mr. Quint
Doug McGrath Plainsclothesman
Silverspoon Singer
Technical Credits
Tom Gries Director
Phil Barber Art Director
Byron Brandt Editor
Jules Brenner Choreography
Philip Capice Executive Producer
Gene Fowler Jr. Editor
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
Bud S. Isaacs Editor
J.P. Miller Screenwriter
Lee Rich Executive Producer
Jesse Wayne Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. August 9, 1969 [5:12]
2. Body Count [4:44]
3. How Come I Wasn't? [3:58]
4. The Dope Angle [1:50]
5. August 10-12, 1969 [2:20]
6. White Album Relation [1:32]
7. Commune Raid [4:57]
8. Manson's Record [2:52]
9. Found and Missing [5:24]
10. Details of Death [4:22]
11. Sadie's Story [5:02]
12. New Prosecutor [2:29]
13. Deal With Danny [3:34]
14. Lovingly Butchered [4:56]
15. Ronnie Makes a Call [4:09]
16. Searching for Proof [5:05]
17. Only Love [3:22]
18. Manson's Domination [4:16]
19. Leslie Doesn't Remember [3:16]
20. Fingerprint Found [2:08]
21. Susan's Sickening Tale [7:02]
22. Helter Skelter [4:55]
23. Publicity and Arraignments [3:40]
24. Connections [2:40]
25. Canyon Clothes [4:02]
26. Shared Incompetence [3:00]
27. Big Bluff [3:43]
28. Like Hitler [5:46]
29. Biblical Beatles [7:00]
30. King of the World [3:56]
31. Mockery of Justice [3:14]
32. Opening Statement [6:30]
33. Inside the Family [3:04]
34. Now Is the Time [6:57]
35. Memories of Slaughter [5:25]
36. Showing Them How [3:53]
37. Headline Gambit [2:51]
38. Mistrial Gambit [4:28]
39. A Reflection of You [6:06]
40. Closing Statement [8:54]
41. The Verdict [2:27]
42. The Sentence [2:55]
43. More Mansons? [4:03]
44. End Credits [1:23]
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      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    Recommend

    Evil but compelling story of my generation. Cannot understand the man Manson because I don't believe he understands himself. Was he or is he crazy only God knows.

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