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Quentin Tarantino Posts Open Letter, Asks for Discretion with Spoilers in New Movie: Is It Possible Sharon Tate Lives After Manson Botches Killings?


I have no clue and no spoilers about Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” But it’s written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, so anything is possible. He’s posted an open letter on Twitter begging fans in Cannes who see the movie– more than two months before its release– not to reveal its secrets.

So this raises a question, since Tarantino’s never done that before: is it possible Sharon Tate lives, and that Charles Manson botches his murders? The movie is set in 1969 and it’s a 50 year flashback to the summer of “Helter Skelter” and the Manson family killings of Tate and the LaBiancas.

Margot Robbie plays Tate. If the movie were historically correct, she’d be dead, a victim of a grisly murder. But that is not what anyone wants to see, and doesn’t sound like Tarantino.

You may recall that in “Inglorious Basterds,” Brad Pitt, Eli Roth and pals actually kill Hitler and bring an end to World War II and the Nazis. It’s a fantasy turn of events, totally unexpected, and a great twist.

It’s possible that Tarantino has decided to rewrite history with “OUT.” Since this is a fable, and not a documentary, he’d have quite a turn in the story if Manson attempted murder but didn’t accomplish it. Imagine how lives would have been changed. Maybe both Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio save her–the reverse of “Basterds.”

Again, I have ZERO info. But it’s just a guess. Imagine Margot Robbie as Tate becoming a big star, as planned, winning an Oscar, etc.

You never know.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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