Charlie Says (2018 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mary Harron|
|Screenplay by||Guinevere Turner|
|Music by||Keegan DeWitt|
|Edited by||Andrew Hafitz|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
The film is based on the books, The Family, by Ed Sanders, and The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten, by Karlene Faith, Ph.D.
It shows how Ms. Faith, as a young graduate student, helped the Manson women come to understand the magnitude of their crimes, and eventually renounce Charles Manson.
- Hannah Murray as Leslie "Lulu" Van Houten
- Sosie Bacon as Patricia "Katie" Krenwinkel
- Marianne Rendón as Susan "Sadie" Atkins
- Merritt Wever as Karlene Faith
- Suki Waterhouse as Mary Brunner
- Chace Crawford as Tex Watson
- Annabeth Gish as Virginia Carlson
- Kayli Carter as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
- Grace Van Dien as Sharon Tate
- Grace McLeod as Catherine "Gypsy" Share
- Bridger Zadina as Paul Watkins
- Julia Schlaepfer as Sandra Good
- Matt Smith as Charles Manson
In February 2018, the casting began, with Matt Smith cast to play Manson, and Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, Marianne Rendón, Merritt Wever, Carla Gugino, Kayli Carter and Suki Waterhouse among the supporting cast. Chace Crawford and Sosie Bacon were cast in March 2018, with Gugino no longer set to star in the film. Annabeth Gish joined the film in April.
On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 59% based on 70 reviews, with an average rating of 5.87/10. The site's consensus states: "Charlie Says approaches its infamous subject from a welcome new angle, but suffers from a disappointing lack of depth in its treatment of the story". On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 57 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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