Helter Skelter (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

Helter Skelter (1976)




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The made-for-television mini-series Helter Skelter is based on the true story of the search for and prosecution of Charles Manson and his "family" after the brutal murder of actress Sharon Tate. Based on the book by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, the film is intense, frightening and gripping. Steve Railsback is excellent as the psychotic 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

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Critic Reviews for Helter Skelter

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

[Helter Skelter] is distinguished by J.P. Miller's clean, thoughtful script, Tom Gries' crisp direction, Billy Goldenberg's inspired score, Jules Brenner's imaginative camera work, and fine performances by a relatively unknown cast of 115.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Well-mounted TV-flick biopic.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Its possible value is undermined by TV film values and fake Beatle tracks.

September 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Helter Skelter

Despite being too clinical sometimes but with a fantastic performance by Steve Railsback as Charles Manson, this is an absorbing and disturbing account of the investigation and prosecution of Manson and his "family" following their horrific mass murders in the 1960s.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Great telling of the Manson Murders. Steve Railsback's performance as Manson is unforgettable. Make sure to see the 184 min cut and not the choppy 119 min cut.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Gripping movie, all thanks to the memorably sinister and chilling performance of George DiCenzo as the deranged Charles Manson.

Ira Z.
Ira Z.

Super Reviewer

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