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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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on December 11, 2014
though the locations may not be exact,i still liked this. i think Linda Kasabian still holds good memories as she is smiling talking about meeting Charlie yet she then goes 180 and dredges up the tears.Catherine Shear just lays it out..strange but worth a look
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on June 23, 2015
Not the best on Manson killing of late 60's, but I enjoyed watching it very much so and best part is Linda Kasabian, retelling her time with The Family and Charlie Manson and what part she played in the killing. But, if your looking for the best on "Manson", is Robert Hendrickson film, Manson and also take a look at A&E Serial Killers, profiling the criminal mind DVD, with a profiling of the mind of Charles Manson and much more.
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on March 18, 2013
This documentary in my opinion had a great interview with Linda and told the story pretty well. Good for people who want to know in detail of what happened.
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on September 27, 2011
It seems that everybody forgets this production is by the History Channel. They don't have the dollars to make it perfect even for prime time network TV broadcast yet did a surprisingly good job with it. Criticism seems to be inaccuracies. I find that interesting since the two versions of "Helter Skelter" are equally inaccurate in many ways. For instance, the 1976 version includes a closing scene where Manson tells Bugliosi, "I nearly pulled it off!" That is total fiction. Or the 2004 version displays dwellings that are nothing at all like the original houses. Most regretful is how the media severely fails to reflect the sadness experienced by friends and family of the victims. All attention is paid to the crime itself, especially Manson, which which I find disgusting. And that is what helps the impact of this History Channel depiction. It is moving. It gives a glimpse of how horrible the experience really was, the tears still shed by it all these years later. Even Bugliosi, a hard-nosed prosecutor whose career was dealing with heartless criminals, is clearly affected by it. This film is most assuredly worth having.
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on March 11, 2012
"Manson 40 Years Later" was o.k.

Interviews with Linda Kasabian, Catherine Share, Vincent Bugliosi and Debra Tate provided key insights. Share's comment about The Beatles being "in-tune" with Manson is powerful. Many people think it was the other way around.

The actor who portrayed Charles Manson was decent but the rest of the cast stunk.

It is worth a look for Manson murder buffs !
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on April 18, 2011
This is an Awesome documentary..gives u an inside account of what happended on that summer night of August 1969. By Linda Kasavian...the look-out person at Cielo Drive..I've always been fascinated my the manson family murders...and this doc. gives u an interesting perspective...well acted, and well produced film!!! 4 Stars!!!
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on May 10, 2016
Worth a watch.
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