Charlie Says (Blu-ray)
Dreamers. Victims. Murderers.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Released: August 6, 2019
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: Shout Factory
- Encoding: Region A
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendon, Suki Waterhouse & Matt Smith|
|Performer:||Chace Crawford, Merritt Wever, India Ennenga, Lindsay Farris & Annabeth Gish|
|Directed by||Mary Harron|
|Screenwriting by||Guinevere Turner|
|Composition by||Keegan DeWitt|
Harron’s film sets out to grapple with an age-old question in the context of a series of grisly crimes that continue to disturb five decades later: Why do ordinary people do extraordinarily evil things'
As a reflection on a national trauma, CHARLIE SAYS is absorbing...
Rating: 3/5 -- Looking at the women looking at Charles Manson, "Charlie Says" is a frustrating watch that never really reveals why they did what they did. Murray and Wever are terrific though, and Harron nails that end-of-decade twisting of idealism and optimism. Full Review
Rating: 8/10 -- Charlie Says is a film about female solidarity in even the harshest circumstances, rather than yet another take on the Charles Manson story. Full Review
Rating: 3 -- Harron and Turner are making a wider point about the nature of demagoguery and the willingness of people to be led. It's easy to look back with fifty years of hindsight and realise little has changed. Full Review
The Wee Review
The cultural weight of the Manson Family Murders...will always be a tough, almost unexplainable mindset to recreate and explain from both the women and Manson himself, but Harron is adept at turning the tables to present a fresh and feminist perspective. Full Review
Charlie Says makes a strong case for an even grayer area: That perhaps these women can be victims and guilty of horrific, unpardonable crimes. It's an unsettling thought. But at least, unlike the exaltation of Ted Bundy's abundant charm, it's a new one. Full Review
A prison educator (Matt Smith) resolves to help three of notorious cult leader Charles Manson's female followers (Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, and Marianne Rendón) achieve clarity after spending years under his abusive and criminal influence. With a series of uncomfortable flashbacks inspired by authentic testimonies, director Mary Harron offers a fresh perspective on Manson's crimes, particularly in light of ""Manson Girl"" Leslie van Houten's 2019 parole. Written by Guinevere Turner.
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