Hollywood’s Quentin Tarantino brings us all back to the 1969 Hollywood in a movie that was inspired by the infamous Manson murders in 1969 Hollywood, entitled Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Academy award-winning actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will once again grace the silver screen with (as expected) exceptional performances in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
The trailer has been released, Wednesday, for the much-awaited come-back of Titanic’s star Leonardo DiCaprio. Tarantino, through his incredible directing prowess in trippy, twisted, and throwback cinematography transports viewers to the hippie Hollywood during the time that Manson and his cult is growing.
Tarantino’s ninth movie visits 1969 Los Angeles, where “everything is changing.” The story revolves around the action TV star Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, portrayed by Brad Pitt, as the tandem cruises around an industry “they don’t recognize anymore.” According to the film’s synopsis, the move is a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden era.
In the trailer, Dalton was asked what Booth does for him; with which he said that “actors are required to do a lot of dangerous stuff. Cliff, here, is meant to help carry the load.” Brad Pitt’s character affirms the notion saying “What, carrying his load? Yeah, that’s about right.”
The highly talented writer-director said that he was inspired by his upbringing amid LA’s hippie-crazed counterculture when he wrote the script for the movie. He is also the one who will direct and produce the film.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood discusses the rapid growth of Charles Manson’s cult and how it affected the film industry in Hollywood in 1969. The characters of Rick Dalton and Cliff booth live next door to Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie, the pregnant actress who was murdered by the members of Manson Family Cult that becomes the biggest headlines in Hollywood news during the time.
According to Tarantino, the process of making the movie was time-consuming and tedious. “I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old,” Tarantino said.
“I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that doesn’t exist anymore,” he added.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood aims to include accurate elements to the story by setting the movie in locations where actual events happened. Bruce Dern will play the real-life rancher who owned the infamous ranch where Manson and his followers lived. Other cast members include the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, and Dakota Fanning.
The infamous Manson murders started with the killing of Sharon Tate, a budding actress in the 1969 Hollywood, who at the time was pregnant. The massacre that was committed by Charles Manson’s follower, under his specific orders, killed five people. Four members of the Manson Family, the name used to refer the cult founded by Manson, invaded the rented home of a married celebrity couple, Tate and director Roman Polanski.
The eight and a half months pregnant Tate was murdered along with three friends who were visiting her that time, and an 18-year-old visitor, who was slain as he was leaving the house. The murders were carried out by Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Kenwinkel who followed the orders given by the would-be musician, Manson. It was known that Manson had previously tried to enter a recording contract with record producer Terry Melcher, who was the previous renter of the house where Tate and four others were murdered. Melcher did not give the desired deal to Manson, leaving him disgruntled that resulted in the death of five people. The crimes took place on the night of August 8, 1969.
The case of Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders has become one of the most prolific murders committed by an influential cult leader.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is expected to be premiered this May at the Cannes Film Festival, where Tarantino won the Palme d’Or precisely 25 years ago for Pulp Fiction. However, no confirmation regarding this has been made.
The movie is set to be released in theatres on July 26, 2019.