Manson (film)

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Directed by Robert Hendrickson
Laurence Merrick
Music by Brooks Poston
Paul Watkins
Release dates
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Manson is a 1973 documentary film about Charles Manson and his followers. It was directed by Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick.


The film deals with the "Manson family" and has many interviews with the members of the group, including Charles Manson, "Squeaky" Fromme, and Sandra Good. It contains original footage of the Manson Family at their Spahn Ranch compound, Devil's Canyon, their Barker Ranch hideout in Death Valley, the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles and various other locations.

Post release[edit]

When "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford, the Manson film was banned by US District Court Judge Thomas McBride in order to preserve Fromme's constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial. Robert Hendrickson's right to "free speech" was thus set aside and the matter was taken by the ACLU to the US Supreme Court.

Soundtrack music for the film was created by Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins, two former Manson associates. As well, music performed by the Manson Family can also be heard on the soundtrack.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1]


  1. ^ "Manson (1972)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 

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