WriterVincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry, JP Miller Release dateApril 1, 1976 – April 2, 1976 Initial releaseSeptember 7, 1977 (Denmark) Episodes2 Episode 2Season 1 - Apr 1 - 1976, 2 Episode 2, 1 Episode 1Season 1 - Apr 1 - 1976, 1 Episode 1 CastGeorge DiCenzo (Vincent Bugliosi), Steve Railsback (Charles Manson), Nancy Wolfe (Susan Atkins), Marilyn Burns (Linda Kasabian), Christina Hart (Patricia Krenwinkel), Cathey Paine (Leslie Van Houten) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, The Collector, John Wick, Halloween, Taken 3, The Final Girls
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Helter Skelter is a 1976 television film based on the 1974 book by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. In the United States, it aired over two nights. In some countries it was shown in theaters with additional footage (nudity, language and more violence).
The movie is based upon the murders committed by the Charles Manson Family. The best-known victim was actress Sharon Tate. The title was taken from the Beatles' song of the same name. According to the theory put forward by the prosecution, Manson used the term for an anticipated race war, and "healter skelter" [sic] was scrawled in blood on the refrigerator door at the house of one of the victims. It recounts the murders Manson committed, the investigation, and the 1970-71 trial where prosecuting D.A. Bugliosi attempted to draw connections between the Manson family and his violent convictions.
The 1976 film, directed by Tom Gries, stars Steve Railsback as Manson and George DiCenzo as Bugliosi. Writer JP Miller received a 1977 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best TV Feature or MiniSeries Teleplay.
In 2004, the book was adapted for a second made-for-TV movie, written and directed by John Gray and featuring Jeremy Davies as Manson.
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George DiCenzo as Vincent Bugliosi
Steve Railsback as Charles Manson
Nancy Wolfe as Susan Atkins
Marilyn Burns as Linda Kasabian
Christina Hart as Patricia Krenwinkel
Cathey Paine as Leslie Van Houten
Alan Oppenheimer as Aaron Stovitz
Rudy Ramos as Danny DeCarlo
Jon Gries as William Garretson
Marc Alaimo as Phil Cohen
Paul Mantee as Sergeant O'Neal
David Clennon as Harry Jones
Eileen Dietz as Family Girl
Carole Ita White as Big Sal
Larry Pennell as Sergeant White
Bruce French as Officer Ocher
Howard Caine as Everett Scoville
Adam Williams as Terrence Milik
Jonathan Goldsmith as Hank Charter
Robert Ito as Drees Darrin
Bart Braverman as George Brewer
The film premiered with a household share of 36.5, ranking it the 16th highest rated movie to air on network television. The film was also shown on TV stations in Los Angeles, although there were reservations about this and fears of bad memories for the film appeared seven years after the Manson murders.
There was a cut and censored 2-hour version released on VHS by Key Video in 1985, and a uncut and uncensored version made for TV and Released on DVD in 2004. The 2-hour Key Video VHS is now out-of-print, and as of 2015, neither 20th Century Fox nor Warner Bros., the latter of whom has begun to acquire some of Lorimar's films, has announced any plans to release a new VHS or DVD of the 2-hour version. For these reasons, copies of the original Key Video 2-hour VHS can be found online being sold for very high prices.
1977 Emmy Awards
Nominated, Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore) – Billy Goldenberg
Nominated, Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy – Tom Gries
Nominated, Outstanding Film Editing for a Special – Byron Brandt, Bud S. Isaacs
Directors Guild of America
Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Specials/Movies for TV/Actuality – Daniel Petrie
Edgar Allan Poe Awards
Won, Best Television Feature or Miniseries – J.P. Miller