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Manson Family Vacation (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 6 October 2015 (USA)
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Two brothers tour Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man. One is devoted to The Family.

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J. Davis

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J. Davis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Duplass ... Nick
Linas Phillips ... Conrad
Leonora Pitts ... Amanda
Adam Chernick ... Max
Tobin Bell ... Blackbird
Davie-Blue ... Sunshine
Suzanne Ford ... Janice
Ray Laska ... Frank
Danette Wilson ... Teacher
Eddie Driscoll ... Gas Station Owner
Brent Alan Henry ... Officer Phiffer
Matt Bennett ... Buddy Holly
Isaac Reardon Berger Isaac Reardon Berger ... Bandana (as Isaac Berger)
Justin M. Rasch Justin M. Rasch ... Skullface
Jonathan Freeman ... Rockabilly (as Jonathan Brooks)
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Two brothers tour Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man. One is devoted to The Family.

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Семейные каникулы с Мэнсонами See more »

Filming Locations:

Yucca Valley, California, USA

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Blackbird and Sunshine are loosely based off of Gray-wolf and Star. See more »

Goofs

As the trivia section states: "Charles Manson has been imprisoned since late 1969. Assuming 40-year-old Conrad was conceived before Manson was imprisoned, this film must take place in 2010 or earlier." However, when they go to El Coyote restaurant, there is a billboard for the movie THOR clearly displayed in the background. Thor was released in mid-2011. See more »

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Conrad: I bring up Charles Manson and you freak out.
Nick: Everybody freaks out when you bring up Charles Manson!
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I'm always impressed with anything either Duplas brother does.
8 February 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'MANSON FAMILY VACATION': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A comedy-drama flick; about two brothers, touring all of the Charles Manson murder sites together. The film stars Jay Duplas and Linas Phillips, as the brothers. Jay and Mark Duplas, also executive produced the low budget movie; which was funded (with $40,000) by a Kickstarter campaign. The movie was written and directed by (first time filmmaker) J. Davis; Davis and Jay Duplas previously co-wrote the 2011 documentary flick 'KEVIN' (which Duplas directed). The movie is interesting, funny and involving; it's a pretty well made little indie flick.

Duplas plays Nick; a devoted family man, with a wife (Leonora Pitts) and a young son (Adam Chernick). Nick's adopted brother, Conrad (Phillips), recently quit his job, and he's traveling through town; so he decides to pay Nick a visit. While staying with Nick, and his family, Conrad asks Nick to tour all of the Charles Manson murder sites with him (which he's obsessively fascinated by). Despite the fact that Nick is repulsed by the idea, he reluctantly agrees.

The movie is quirky, and awkward; two great things in any film (for me). It's funny, in places, but it's also a great character study. Duplas and Phillips both give good performances, and they're both able to really flesh out their characters. The concept, for the film, is bizarre; but oddly fascinating too. It's actually a really interesting way to get to know the two lead characters. The filmmakers did a remarkable job, for such a low-budgeted movie! I'm always impressed with anything either Duplas brother does, though.

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