Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him—Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray, Game of Thrones), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón)—remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith, Doctor Who).
Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan—until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson.
But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did, including the fabled murder of actress and model Sharon Tate (Grace Van Dien)? Directed by boundary pushing Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) Charlie Says is a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.