Based on the best-selling Vincent Bugliosi book of the same name, Helter Skelter is a made-for-TV account of the investigation and prosecution of Charles Manson (Steve Railsback), who was convicted of leading a group of followers (known as "The Family") to murder seven people in California, including actress Sharon Tate. The film takes a Law & Order-like approach, starting with the discovery of the murders, which leads to the police gathering snippets of evidence that they eventually connect to the bigger picture. The second half of the movie concentrates on how District Attorney Bugliosi (George DiCenzo) attains a conviction despite the enormous amount of press coverage the case received. Nancy Wolfe, Christina Hart, and Cathey Paine portray the three loyal Manson Family members who were the co-defendants at his trial. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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This old made-for-TV film does a good job of including the important details of the Manson murders and the case. Steve Railsback makes a very good Manson. The film goes for realism, which is a thoroughly satisfying approach. Include a few Manson songs for the win.
yes this film was made for Tv in the late 1970s but does an excellent job of presenting the facts and investigational blunders and breakthroughs that finally lead to Charles Manson and his groupies being convicted of the brutal murders of Sharon Tate and her friends and the La Bianca's. The story line is excellent and factual. Great movie for those who are true crime buffs.