HELTER SKELTER (massacre in hollywood) (1976 U.S.) D/P: TOM GRIES W: J.P. MILLER
Steve Railsback is excellent as Charles Manson in this tv movie docudrama dealing with the trial of Manson and his followers. It`s based on a book by prosecuting lawyer Vincent Bugliosi, and Curt Gentry. George DiCenzo plays Bugliosi and also narrates. Connections between the Bible and The Beatles (cover songs are heard) are discussed and police incompetance is criticised. It`s a lot better than you might expect from a tv movie. With Marilyn Burns, Roy Jenson, David Clennon, Robert F. Hoy, Jerry Dunphy, George Putnam, Paul Mantee, Ralph Montgomery, Richard Venturer, Robert Ito and Reed Morgan. Original aired in two parts at 194 mins, this review refers to a 119 min. video version. There was another adaptation in 2004.

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