Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Once Upon In Time In Hollywood, is set in circa 1969 – right around the time newcomer Sharon Tate, along with her guests, was murdered by three people from the Manson family. Cult leader Charles Manson had led these gruesome killings and was sentenced to death. The film takes the threads of facts and weaves them in a fictional story to give an output that’s, to say the least, spectacular. Before we proceed, here’s a look at the trailer, if you haven’t watched it already.
Sharon Tate was an actress who starred in films like The Thirteen Chairs (1969), The Wrecking Crew (1968), Valley of the Dolls (1967), and even got Golden Globe nomination in the Most Promising Newcomer (Female) category. Sharon Tate met one of the most renowned film directors of the time, Roman Polanski, fell in love and got married in January 1968, amidst a lot of publicity. Tate soon got pregnant and was two weeks away from giving birth when she was cruelly slaughtered. On 9th August 1969, Sharon hosted a few friends when they were all attacked by the members of the Manson Family and the eight-month pregnant Tate and her guests were murdered in cold blood. Roman Polanski was not present during this time and was shooting in Europe.
Later, it was found that Charles Manson was actually an aspiring musician at the time, who was snubbed by record producer Terry Melcher when the former approached the latter. Manson decided to avenge this “insult” by entering his house and murdering the producer and his family. However, Sharon Tate and husband Polanski had rented Melcher’s old residence, which was how she landed up in the most saddening bloodbath in Hollywood.
Manson was sentenced to death after the murders that had left the entire Hollywood stunned. However, when the death penalty was abolished in 1972, he served a life sentence and died in 2017. Sharon Tate’s 50th death anniversary seems like a fitting time for a tribute to the promising, reticent, and beautiful woman who was a victim of cruel circumstances.
Released on 15th August, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’s collage-like approach towards story-telling follows the fictional has-been TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double/buddy/gofer Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as their fates inevitably collide with very real Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie). The film borrows a great deal from real life and refuses to play by the rules, not unlike Tarantino’s other gem Inglourious Basterds. The film begs to be seen, so make sure you head to our review before you book your tickets.