Film
SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE

CHARLIE SAYS

Directed by Mary Harron
FEATURE NARRATIVE 110 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE CHARLIE SAYS
While the impact of his brutal murders has never strayed far from the cultural ether, the 2017 death of infamous cult leader, Charles Manson, as well as the upcoming 50th anniversary of his generation-defining crimes in the Hollywood Hills, has brought the memory of their existence into sharp focus. The possible paroling 2019 of “Manson girl” Leslie van Houten provides another reason to investigate the three women who blindly followed Manson’s horrific orders and found themselves put away for life.

Charlie Says, directed by masterful filmmaker Mary Harron and written by Guinevere Turner, tells the familiar story through fresh eyes—those of Manson’s most devoted girls, van Houten (Game of ThronesHannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón). Thanks to a devoted prison educator who slowly draws the women out from years of a madman’s mesmerizing and abusive spell (Matt Smith), the women’s story is told in eerily detailed flashbacks, forcing them to reflect on the path that lead them to such unforgiveable crimes.

—Liza Domnitz
Drama, Biography
About the Director(s)
Mary Harron is the writer and director of films including American Psycho, The Moth Diaries, I Shot Andy Warhol, and The Notorious Bettie Page. Her television credits include episodes of The L Word, Six Feet Under, Big Love, and Oz, and, most recently, The Following (FOX), Constantine (NBC), and Graceland (USA).

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight Narrative
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    110 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Inspired by a book written by:
    Karlene Faith, Ed Sanders
  • Director:
    Mary Harron
  • Composer:
    Keegan DeWitt
  • US Distributor:
    IFC Films
  • Cinematographer:
    Crille Forsberg
  • Cast:
    Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendon, Matt Smith, Merritt Wever, Chace Crawford, Suki Waterhouse, Annabeth Gish
  • Screenwriter:
    Guinevere Turner
  • Editor:
    Andrew Hafitz
  • Producer:
    Cindi Rice, Jeremy M. Rosen, John Frank Rosenblum, Dana Guerin

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