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He was the mastermind of the most notorious murders in U.S. history, a crazed guru who terrified the world and plunged the city of Los Angeles into a state of paranoia and panic. This two-hour docudrama from HISTORY takes viewers deep inside Charles Manson s twisted world of hate, fear, and mind control to tell the story of how one man transformed a harmless group of hippies into a gang of brutal murderers. Intertwining first-person accounts with rare archive footage, Manson looks back at the nine months leading up to and including the brutal murder of Sharon Tate, the Manson family s most famous victim, four decades after her bludgeoning. It features key Manson family member Linda Kasabian, who was at the scene of the Sharon Tate murders as lookout and getaway driver, in her first interview in 20 years, as well as interviews with fellow Manson family member Catherine Share; Vincent Bugliosi, the lead prosecutor who wrote Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders; and Deborah Tate, Sharon Tate s sister.


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  • Actors: Non Provided
  • Directors: Neil Rawles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FZL9DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Gonzalez on September 18, 2009
First let me state that I'm writing this review as someone who has seen this program on TV and the History Channel DVD release which is currently available for sale. I've followed this case for many years (I'm old enough to remember when it actually happened.) I've seen many documentaries on this case and never seem to tire of them. If you are well informed on the details of the lifestyle of the'family' and the events that led up to the Tate / Labianca murders this offers no new information. The only interesting point I found in this is the interview with Linda Kasabian (who does not do many interviews) and her recollections of those days spent with the family.

There are good and bad points to this DVD. First the good points- the production quality of this program is excellent. The music and photography is well done and to my best recollection this is the only documentary (officially released) that contains the pictures of the actual crime site, although in black and white.

The bad points are in the recreation of the facts. Though Linda Kasabian accurately describes what she went through on those 2 nights of murder, the producers show a very inaccurate portrayal of the events. For example the house used for the Tate house does not resemble it one bit. Even in the layout. There is no gate the killers avoid and climb around, and they slice open the screen on a patio door! They shoot Steve Parent from the wrong side of the car, and on and on it just doesn't match what has been written about for so many years. The house that they use for the LaBianca house is also wrong and in this one there is a gate (they should've used this for the Tate house.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Frazier on September 24, 2009
Like the other reviewer of this DVD Documentary on the Manson murders I totally agree that while the production values were adequate and the interview with Linda Kasabian most riveting, the inacurracies are numerous and ruin what could have been an excellent documentary of one of the most famous murder cases of the 20th century.

Although I was only 3 years old when the murders took place in August of 1969, I've read most of the books associated with the Tate-LaBianca murders - most especially "Helter Skelter". Two made-for-TV movies, one released in 1976 and the other in 2004 are much more accurate in re-creating the events leading up to the murders as well as the capture of the defendents and the subsequent trial.

The best thing about "Manson 40 Years Later" is clearly the interview with Linda Kasabian. Even though it's been 40 years since these horrendous murders took place, her recollection of the events are clear and insightful and it's evident that she still feels tremendous guilt, sadness and remorse for her peripheral involvement as the driver/look-out. There was a very interesting addition to her interview that didn't appear in previous books, testimony or in any other movies or documentaries done on this case. I was surprised to learn that after the shooting of Steven Parent by Tex Watson, he instructed Linda Kasabian to go into the car and take the wallet out of the dead man's pocket.

Other than the interview and recollections of Linda Kasabian, the re-creation of the family members and the murders themselves are filled with many inaccurancies and oversights. First of all, most of the actors portraying the killers looked nothing like them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Parker on August 4, 2015
There have been reviews accumulating already on Amazon-U.S. The docudrama is interesting. The amount of dramatization is fairly limited, since there is so much narration. Things unroll at a calm, unhurried pace and lack the kind of frenzy that one would expect in a cinema rendition of the infamous events surrounding Sharon Tate's death and Charles Manson himself. It is clear, incidentally, from a recording of him heard that Charles Manson did have some real musical talent, as singer and songwriter.

Of Canadian interest is that this 2009 television movie includes among its cast Canadian actor James Gilbert, a Nova Scotian, as Charles "Tex" Watson, the lone male among the hit-squad of his cult-followers to whom Manson confided the murderous raid on the estate where Sharon Tate lived with her famous husband, Roman Polanski. The most intense acting among the cast is on the part of sweetly handsome Moti Yona, who portrays Gary Hinman, a musician whom the Manson cult tortured and snuffed out shortly before the Sharon Tate murders took place, one of the few cases where victim portrayed looks at least generically similar to the actor in this docudrama.

The DVD is enjoyable and would be worth seeing more than once. Although, from what others have said, there are some factual errors here and there, the movie is not some kind of cheap exploitation product about the infamous Manson cult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bastardface on December 23, 2012
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This is a good docu on the subject of Manson. I've seen better and personally wished they'd just complie a whole DVD of every news cats, story and mini docu made on this subject. It's such an incredible, bizarre and interesting story. Check out these books. This subject has so many twists, turns and side stories happening. It's just an incredible story. My picks in order on this subject are - 1) The Family, 2) Shadow Over Santasusana, 3) Manson: In His Own Words, 4) Will You Die For Me?, 5) Helter Skelter.
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