Manson 40 Years Later
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I liked the interview portion of the documentary, but the inaccuracies were unforgivable. The first one being the "Spahn Ranch-Benedict Canyon" label. Come ON! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is a very riviting docu-drama about the Manson family . I would like to see the History Channel add this title to it's list of titles that you can buy on Amazon Streaming... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eugene B.
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... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronald Brezenski