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** [[spoiler:Rick's flamethrower]] can be briefly seen in the shed when Cliff grabs tools to repair his TV antenna.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Linda pretends she left her knife in the car as an excuse to go back and get it, deliberately ignoring that Tex locked the car and thus needs the keys instead of asking him for the keys that would made him and the others more suspicious.


* TheSixties: There's really no shortage of visual (and musical) clues that the film is set in the late sixties. The clothing and hairstyles are typically 1960s, hippies abound and RealLife 1968-1969 movies such as ''Krakatoa, East of Java'', ''The Night They Raided Minsky's'' and ''Film/TheWreckingCrew'' (Sharon Tate played in it) are screened in theaters. As for the music, the teaser trailer uses "Straight Shooter" by The Mamas & The Papas and "Bring A Little Lovin" by Los Bravos (both songs were released in 1966), and the official trailer has "Good Thing" (also from 1966) by Music/PaulRevereAndTheRaiders and Music/NeilDiamond's "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (1969).

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* TheSixties: There's really no shortage of visual (and musical) clues that the film is set in the late sixties. The clothing and hairstyles are typically 1960s, hippies abound and RealLife 1968-1969 movies such as ''Krakatoa, East of Java'', ''The Night They Raided Minsky's'' and ''Film/TheWreckingCrew'' (Sharon Tate played a role in it) it, discussed here) are screened in theaters. As for the music, the teaser trailer uses "Straight Shooter" by The Mamas & The Papas and "Bring A Little Lovin" by Los Bravos (both songs were released in 1966), and the official trailer has "Good Thing" (also from 1966) by Music/PaulRevereAndTheRaiders and Music/NeilDiamond's "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (1969).



* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Rick works with an eight year old actor, Trudi Fraser, who talks extensively about MethodActing and even states she prefers to be called an actor because "actress doesn't make sense."

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* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Rick works with an eight year old actor, Trudi Fraser, who talks extensively about MethodActing and even states she prefers to be called an actor because "actress doesn't make sense." She's actually cute when they talk deeper. The adorability rises and rises, as does her precociousness... culminating in a scene her and Rick share.



* TheAlcoholic: Rick has been drinking hard ever since ''Bounty Law'' was cancelled. This addiction even cost him his license after he got involved in quite a few car accidents.

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* TheAlcoholic: Rick has been drinking hard ever since ''Bounty Law'' was cancelled. This addiction even cost him his license after he got involved in quite a few car accidents. He's also visibly a physical mess due to his lifestyle.



* AlternateHistory: Aside from apparently taking place in Tarantino's cinematic universe, [[spoiler:Sharon Tate and her friends live. The fictional equivalents of their killers don't]].

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* AlternateHistory: Aside from apparently taking place in Tarantino's cinematic universe, [[spoiler:Sharon Tate and her friends live. The fictional equivalents of their killers don't]]. This can be quite relieving.



** Manson tells Jay Sebring he's a friend of Music/DennisWilson (of [[Music/TheBeachBoys Beach Boys]] fame) when he's scoping out the Cielo Drive house. They actually did know each other rather well; Dennis met Manson after picking up some hitchhiking Family members in 1968 (not unlike Cliff), and Manson's Family later moved into Dennis's house (uninvited). Manson even wrote a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Learn_Not_to_Love song that the Beach Boys recorded and released]]. [[WeUsedToBeFriends Their relationship deteriorated]], Manson sent Dennis death threats, and the Family were soon kicked out of Dennis's house. Dennis had also introduced Manson to RecordProducer Terry Melcher[[note]]whose clients included Music/PaulRevereAndTheRaiders, who have three songs on the soundtrack[[/note]], but the two disliked each other. It seems (both in RealLife and InUniverse) that Manson targeted the Cielo Drive house because it was Terry's old house.
** Creator/SharonTate and Creator/BruceLee really ''did'' know each other, and he really ''did'' serve as a martial arts advisor on the set of ''Film/TheWreckingCrew''--so Sharon's flashback about getting martial arts training from Lee is based on factual details.

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** Manson tells Jay Sebring he's a friend of Music/DennisWilson (of [[Music/TheBeachBoys Beach Boys]] fame) when he's scoping out the Cielo Drive house. They actually did know each other rather well; Dennis met Manson after picking up some hitchhiking Family members in 1968 (not unlike Cliff), and Manson's Family later moved into Dennis's house (uninvited). Manson even wrote a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Learn_Not_to_Love song that the Beach Boys recorded and released]]. [[WeUsedToBeFriends Their relationship deteriorated]], Manson Manson, disappointed and showing his anger, suddenly sent Dennis death threats, and the Family were soon kicked out of Dennis's house. Dennis had also introduced Manson to RecordProducer Terry Melcher[[note]]whose clients included Music/PaulRevereAndTheRaiders, who have three songs on the soundtrack[[/note]], but the two disliked each other. It seems (both in RealLife and InUniverse) that Manson targeted the Cielo Drive house because it was Terry's old house.
** Creator/SharonTate and Creator/BruceLee really ''did'' know each other, and he really ''did'' serve as a martial arts advisor on the set of ''Film/TheWreckingCrew''--so Sharon's flashback about getting martial arts training from Lee is based on factual details. There's outrage about Lee's depiction from his family.



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Rick laments that Steve [=McQueen=] beat him out for the role in ''Film/TheGreatEscape''. Meanwhile, [=McQueen=] laments that Roman Polanski beat him out for the love of Sharon Tate.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Rick laments that Steve [=McQueen=] beat him out for the role in ''Film/TheGreatEscape''. Meanwhile, [=McQueen=] laments that Roman Polanski beat him out for the love of Sharon Tate. This convoluted history is described in detail in a party scene, and seems like foreshadowing, although...



* AmbiguousSituation: Cliff was charged but acquitted for murdering his wife. Many people assume that he really did it. We see a flashback of Cliff being berated by his wife on a boat, with a speargun in his lap pointed at her, but the scene cuts away before anything happens. It's ultimately left ambiguous what happened.

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* AmbiguousSituation: Cliff was charged but acquitted for murdering his wife. Many people assume that he really did it. We it, presuming his guilt, and explaining their disbelief of such on-screen. Most notably, we see a flashback of Cliff being berated by his wife on a boat, with a speargun in his lap pointed at her, but the scene cuts away before anything happens. It's ultimately left ambiguous what happened.



* AnimalMotifs: Parodied with Cliff whose association with dogs is rather subtle until the climax of the film where [[spoiler:his intoxicated self tries eating the same dog food he usually feeds Brandy]].
* AntiHero: Several examples.
** Rick is not only a self-pitying alcoholic with {{Jerkass}} tendencies, but he specializes in playing this type of character (see below). When he finally agrees to go to UsefulNotes/{{Rome}} to star in spaghetti westerns, his characters are specifically described as anti-heroes, fitting the change in his on-screen perception from heroic lead to villainous "heavy".
** Cliff is usually a NiceGuy, but the fights with Bruce Lee fight and Steve Grogan show his darker side. When he feels threatened or challenged, he'll needlessly (and violently) escalate tense situations... which makes it plausible that he might have killed his wife.

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* AnimalMotifs: Parodied with Cliff whose association with dogs is rather subtle an early humanizing element until the climax of the film where [[spoiler:his intoxicated self tries eating the same dog food he usually feeds Brandy]].
[[spoiler: his dog's loyalty is shown in her viciousness to protect Cliff]]
* AntiHero: Several examples.
examples. Nobody is completely cool here. Rick as a good / bad cowboy is especially interesting.
** Rick is not only a self-pitying alcoholic with {{Jerkass}} tendencies, but he specializes in playing this type of character (see below). When he finally agrees to go to UsefulNotes/{{Rome}} to star in spaghetti westerns, his characters are specifically described as anti-heroes, fitting the change in his on-screen perception from heroic lead to villainous "heavy".
"heavy". He is shown as belonging to both sides.
** Cliff is usually a NiceGuy, but the fights with Bruce Lee fight and Steve Grogan show his darker side. When shows he feels threatened or challenged, he'll needlessly (and violently) escalate tense situations... has no patience for bullshit whilst remaining relatively calm but dangerous, which makes it plausible that he might have killed his wife.



* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Pussycat bluntly offers Cliff a blowjob when he gives her a ride out of Los Angeles. He politely turns her down, because she can't prove she's not underage and he doesn't want any more trouble with the law. Pussy actually finds his refusal charming, and settles for resting her head in his lap as he drives.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Bruce Lee is portrayed as a loud-mouthed braggart who lectures the film crew about how amazingly badass he is. Cliff thinks his posturing is amusing, which leads them to fight. The characterization drew criticism from Lee's family.
* ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction: Rick is shown filming several scenes, but presented as completed scenes along with editing, sound design, etc.

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* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Pussycat bluntly offers Cliff a blowjob when he gives her a ride out of Los Angeles. He politely turns her down, because she can't prove she's not underage and he doesn't want any more trouble with the law. Pussy actually finds his refusal charming, and settles for resting her head in his lap as he drives.
drives, and thus culminates in him visiting the Manson canal early.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Bruce Lee is portrayed as a loud-mouthed braggart who lectures the film crew about how amazingly badass he is. Cliff thinks his posturing is amusing, which leads them to fight. The characterization drew criticism from Lee's family.
* ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction: Rick is shown filming several scenes, but presented
family, though seems rooted in reality, as completed scenes along with editing, sound design, etc.Tarantino explained in response.



** [[spoiler:Cliff's nagging wife ''may'' be another example, although we can't be sure. If he really did kill her, it qualifies as DisproportionateRetribution.]]
* AuthorAppeal: As is typical for a Tarantino film, there are many lingering shots of women's bare feet...and a surprising amount of ''men's'' bare feet. Justified in a few cases; it's UsefulNotes/{{California}} in 1969, and many of the women are hippies who [[DoesNotLikeShoes don't wear shoes]].

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** [[spoiler:Cliff's nagging wife ''may'' be another example, although we can't be sure. If he really did kill her, it qualifies as DisproportionateRetribution.]]
]] He doesn't show much of an asshole side himself, unless he DID kill her...
* AuthorAppeal: As is typical for a Tarantino film, there are many a couple of lingering shots of women's bare feet...mainly Sharon Tate in the movie theatre, and a surprising amount of ''men's'' bare feet. Justified in a few cases; it's UsefulNotes/{{California}} in 1969, and many of the women are hippies who [[DoesNotLikeShoes don't wear shoes]].



** When Cliff realizes that George Spahn's ranch has been taken over by a hippie commune, he asks where George is, and everyone immediately becomes evasive and tense. They insist that Cliff can't see George because he's "napping." Their behavior (and the fact that ''we'' know this is the Manson Family) makes the whole scene incredibly suspicious. Cliff insists on entering the house, makes his way down a darkened hallway, and enters George's room to find [[spoiler:that everything is fine. George actually ''is'' napping. He's relatively healthy, and has no complaints about anything that's happening. Though Cliff still seems uncomfortable, seeing that George doesn't seem to be being abused, he leaves.]]

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** When Cliff realizes that George Spahn's ranch has been taken over by a hippie commune, he asks where George is, and everyone immediately becomes evasive and tense. They insist that Cliff can't see George because he's "napping." Their behavior (and the fact that ''we'' know this is the Manson Family) Family,ramping the paranoia up) makes the whole scene incredibly suspicious. Cliff insists on entering the house, makes his way down a darkened hallway, and enters George's room to find [[spoiler:that everything is fine. George actually ''is'' napping. He's relatively healthy, and has no complaints about anything that's happening. Though Cliff still seems uncomfortable, seeing that George doesn't seem to be being abused, he leaves.]]

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* MadeOfIron: Bruce Lee, if Cliff's recollection of his fight with him [[UnreliableNarrator is anywhere close to accurate]]. During the fight Bruce is slammed against the side of a car hard enough to leave the kind of indentation one would expect if the car had been t-boned, and he still gets up looking pissed-off but injured.


* UnreliableNarrator: The flashback to the incident where Cliff fought Bruce Lee and got fired from the set of ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' is the only one in the film framed as a character's recollection InUniverse, and also happens to include several clues to the fact that Cliff's [[SelfServingMemory memories of the event are skewed]], most prominent among them the fact that if Cliff had really slammed Bruce against Janet's car hard enough to do the kind of damage to the car seen onscreen, it would've broken Lee's back.

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* UnreliableNarrator: The flashback to the incident where Cliff fought Bruce Lee and got fired from the set of ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' is the only one in the film framed as a character's recollection InUniverse, and InUniverse. It also happens to include several clues to the fact that Cliff's [[SelfServingMemory memories of the event are skewed]], most prominent among them the fact that if Cliff had really slammed Bruce against Janet's car hard enough to do the kind of damage to the car seen onscreen, it would've broken Lee's back.

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* UnreliableNarrator: The flashback to the incident where Cliff fought Bruce Lee and got fired from the set of ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' is the only one in the film framed as a character's recollection InUniverse, and also happens to include several clues to the fact that Cliff's [[SelfServingMemory memories of the event are skewed]], most prominent among them the fact that if Cliff had really slammed Bruce against Janet's car hard enough to do the kind of damage to the car seen onscreen, it would've broken Lee's back.


** The characters also [[EverybodySmokes smoke a lot]]. It's even implied to be killing Rick, although his [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]] isn't helping. The lack of acknowledgement involving secondhand smoke is telling, as Rick is smoking on the set of ''Lancer'' while Trudi is sitting next to him. Worse, lots of people smoke around a visibly pregnant Sharon Tate. During his ''Bounty Law'' days, Rick also films a television commercial for Red Apple cigarettes, something you can't show in America anymore.

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** The characters also [[EverybodySmokes smoke a lot]]. It's even implied to be killing Rick, although his [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]] isn't helping. The lack of acknowledgement involving secondhand smoke is telling, as Rick is smoking on the set of ''Lancer'' while Trudi is sitting next to him. Worse, lots of people smoke around a visibly pregnant Sharon Tate. During his ''Bounty Law'' days, Rick also even films a television commercial for Red Apple cigarettes, something you can't show cigarettes. This last may be particularly jarring for American viewers born after the film's setting year; Congress banned cigarette advertising on US TV in America anymore.1970.



** Rick shares the contents of a book with a young co-star, a story of a cowboy injury his hip and facing becoming "a little more useless each day." When visiting the Spahn Ranch, Cliff finds one of the hippies stabbed the front tire of Rick's car and he forced him to change it out. In the climax, [[spoiler: Cliff is attacked by one of the Manson killers and ends up with a knife in his hip. He brushes it off as probably only getting a limp]].

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** Rick shares the contents of a book with a young co-star, a story of a cowboy injury who injures his hip and is thus facing becoming "a little more useless each day." When visiting the Spahn Ranch, Cliff finds one of the hippies stabbed the front tire of Rick's car car, and he forced forces him to change it out. In the climax, [[spoiler: Cliff is attacked by one of the Manson killers and ends up with a knife in his hip. He brushes it off as probably only getting a limp]].



* MonochromeToColor: The teaser trailer and movie start with interview footage of Rick and Cliff on the set of their TV show ''Bounty Law''. The footage is in black and white, while what follows is in color.

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* MonochromeToColor: The teaser trailer and movie start with interview footage of Rick and Cliff on the set of their TV show ''Bounty Law''. The footage is in black and white, while what follows is in color. [[Spoiler: The movie reverts to black and white for the credits sequence, a clip on Rick shooting a commercial for Red Apple cigarettes.]]



** Also related to the Manson Family, the movie overall is pretty low-stakes, with little violence occurring off the set of the movies. Though the audience is probably nervous towards the end when we reach the night that Sharon Tate was murdered, [[spoiler:it is still shocking when Cliff and his dog ''brutally'' kill Tate's would-be murderers]].

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** Also related to the Manson Family, the movie overall is pretty low-stakes, with little violence occurring off the set of the movies. Though the audience is probably nervous towards the end when we reach the night that Sharon Tate was murdered, [[spoiler:it is still shocking when Cliff Cliff, Brandy and his dog Rick ''brutally'' kill Tate's would-be murderers]].



** As a result of that confrontation, the annoying hippies decide to vent their rage on people they think are washed-up has-beens who only ever ''acted'' violent anyway. [[UnderStatement They were wrong.]]



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Rick really doesn't like hippies and has a dim view of the Italian movie-making scene even after [[spoiler:he does a quartet of films in Rome]]. He also adlibs a line including a racial slur, but as he was in character as a villain, it doesn't necessarily reflect his actual feelings.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Rick really doesn't like hippies and has a dim view of the Italian movie-making scene even after [[spoiler:he does a quartet of films in Rome]]. He also adlibs a line including a racial slur, but as he was in character as a villain, it doesn't necessarily reflect his actual feelings.



* TearsOfJoy: After filming his final scene on ''Lancer'', both the director and are effusive in their praise of his acting, causing Rick to cry tears of relief and joy that he's StillGotIt.

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* TearsOfJoy: After filming his final scene on ''Lancer'', both the director and his young co-star Trudi are effusive in their praise of his acting, causing Rick to cry tears of relief and joy that he's StillGotIt.


* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Not so much moron but Cliff is very unassuming and easygoing, but he regularly shows to be a lot more aware of what is going on and calculated than you would expect. He seems to let Bruce Lee get the first hit before slamming him into a car. And in the climax, [[spoiler: while high on acid he handily takes out three of the Manson killers and had trained his otherwise adorable pitbull Brandy to respond to attack commands]].

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Not so much moron but Cliff is very unassuming and easygoing, but he regularly shows to be a lot more aware of what is going on and calculated than you would expect. He seems to let Bruce Lee get the first hit before slamming him into a car. Even his dog, Brandy, seems just a lovable lapdog. And in the climax, [[spoiler: while high on acid he handily takes out three of the Manson killers killers, and had trained his otherwise adorable pitbull Brandy turns out to respond to attack commands]].commands in a really efficient fashion]].



** The characters also [[EverybodySmokes smoke a lot]]. It's even implied to be killing Rick, although his [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]] isn't helping. The lack of acknowledgement involving secondhand smoke is telling, as Rick is smoking on the set of ''Lancer'' while Trudi is sitting next to him. Worse, lots of people smoke around a visibly pregnant Sharon Tate. Rick also films a television commercial for Red Apple cigarettes, something you can't show in America anymore.

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** The characters also [[EverybodySmokes smoke a lot]]. It's even implied to be killing Rick, although his [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]] isn't helping. The lack of acknowledgement involving secondhand smoke is telling, as Rick is smoking on the set of ''Lancer'' while Trudi is sitting next to him. Worse, lots of people smoke around a visibly pregnant Sharon Tate. During his ''Bounty Law'' days, Rick also films a television commercial for Red Apple cigarettes, something you can't show in America anymore.


** {{Meta}} example: Rick's best-known character, ''Bounty Law'' protagonist Jake Cahill, is a BountyHunter who makes little effort to bring his targets in alive.

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** {{Meta}} example: Rick's best-known character, ''Bounty Law'' protagonist Jake Cahill, is a BountyHunter who makes little no effort to bring his targets in alive.alive, and in fact describes other bounty hunters who do as "amateurs".


* AmbiguousEnding: An [[spoiler:injured]] Cliff casually asks Rick to bring bagels when he comes to visit him [[spoiler:in the hospital]], but pointedly prevents the [[spoiler:paramedics]] from letting Rick know which [[spoiler:hospital he'll be staying at]]. It's not made clear whether this was an accident on Cliff's part or an intentional omission so he could cleanly [[spoiler:end their partnership on a high, hippie-murdering note]].

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* AmbiguousEnding: An [[spoiler:injured]] Cliff casually asks Rick to bring bagels when he comes to visit him [[spoiler:in the hospital]], but pointedly prevents the [[spoiler:paramedics]] from letting Rick know which [[spoiler:hospital he'll be staying at]]. It's not made clear whether this was an accident on Cliff's part or an intentional omission so he could cleanly [[spoiler:end their partnership on a high, hippie-murdering if blood-soaked, note]].



* {{Gorn}}: Largely devoid of this -- uncharacteristically so, for a Quentin Tarantino movie -- up until the ending, [[spoiler:when Rick and Cliff murder the living ''fuck'' out of the Manson Family in an incredibly brutal fashion]].

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* {{Gorn}}: Largely devoid of this -- uncharacteristically so, for a Quentin Tarantino movie -- up until the ending, [[spoiler:when Rick and Cliff murder the living ''fuck'' out of defend themselves against the Manson Family in an incredibly brutal fashion]].

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** Rick is also revealed to be paying Cliff for his services all this time, with only at the near end of their Italy trip that Rick will be forced to let Cliff go because with a new wife and no real prospects for future roles he can't afford to anymore.


** A lot of emphasis is given to the large cans of dog food Cliff uses to feed Brandy. Once in the beginning and again in the climax, where [[spoiler: a full can is used to completely crush the face of one of the Manson killers]].

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** A lot of emphasis is given to the large cans of dog food Cliff uses to feed Brandy. Once in the beginning and again in the climax, where [[spoiler: a full can is used to completely crush the face of one of the Manson killers]].killers. The tagline says it's for mean dogs as well, which hints at Brandy's potential]].


** Rick seems to collect memorabilia from the movies he's in: posters, mugs... Come the climax, it turns out the one he kept from ''The Fourteen Fists of [=McCluskey=]'' was [[spoiler:the fully-functional ''flamethrower'']].



* HappilyMarried: As in real life, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate are happily married and have a kid on the way. Polanksi is so comfortable with their relationship that he has no problems with Tate maintaining a platonic friendship with the man she left to be with him.

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* HappilyMarried: As in real life, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate are happily married and have a kid on the way. Polanksi is so comfortable with their relationship that he has no problems with Tate maintaining a platonic friendship with the man she left to be with him.him (although according to SteveMcQueen, said friend is just waiting for Roman to screw up somehow so he'll be there to comfort her).



** Bruce Lee's major scene has him being an ArrogantKungFuGuy, but his other scenes show him to be a patient martials arts teacher to Sharon Tate and even having a friendly spar with one of her house guests.

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** Bruce Lee's major scene has him being an ArrogantKungFuGuy, but his other scenes show him to be a patient martials martial arts teacher to Sharon Tate and even having a friendly spar with one of her house guests.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: It would be simpler to list which characters ''aren't'' real people. While Rick and Cliff are fictional, Creator/SharonTate, Creator/BruceLee, UsefulNotes/CharlesManson, the Manson family and several actors all worked or lived in Los Angeles in 1969. Marvin Schwarz is fictional, but a real-life Marvin Schwartz was a Hollywood producer in 1969.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: It would be simpler to list which characters ''aren't'' real people. While Rick and Cliff are fictional, Creator/SharonTate, Creator/BruceLee, UsefulNotes/CharlesManson, the Manson family and several actors all worked or lived in Los Angeles in 1969. Marvin Schwarz is fictional, but a real-life Marvin Schwartz was a Hollywood producer in 1969.1969 (presumably the reason movie Marvin insists on the pronunciation).



** Also applies to Rick. He's temperamental and a pretty big {{Manchild}}, but he genuinely cares about Cliff and quickly bonds with his younger co-star Trudi. Tellingly, his first reaction after throwing her to the ground in a scene is immediately checking to see if she's okay.

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** Also applies to Rick. He's temperamental and a pretty big {{Manchild}}, but he genuinely cares about Cliff and quickly bonds with his younger co-star Trudi. Tellingly, his first reaction after throwing her to the ground in a scene (which wasn't scripted) is immediately checking to see if she's okay.



* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:The film seems to build up to the infamous Tate murders, only for AlternateHistory to take effect. The would be murderers instead start at Rick's house and meet their demise at the hands of him, Cliff, and Brandy. Thus, Sharon and her friends all live and invite Rick into the house for a drink after the ordeal is over.]]

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* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:The film seems to build up to the infamous Tate murders, only for AlternateHistory to take effect. The would be would-be murderers instead start at Rick's house and meet their demise at the hands of him, Cliff, and Brandy. Thus, Sharon and her friends all live and invite Rick into the house for a drink after the ordeal is over.]]


* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Bruce Lee is presented as an arrogant jerk who brags that he could cripple Cassius Clay (later known as UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli) and likes to pick fights, likely to make Cliff look good for throwing him into a car. Those who actually knew Lee say he admired Clay/Ali strongly, and to be fair, even the fictional Lee praises the boxer before claiming to be the superior fighter.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Bruce Lee is presented as an arrogant jerk who brags that he could cripple Cassius Clay (later known as UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli) and likes to pick fights, likely to make Cliff look good for throwing him into a car. Those who actually knew Lee say he admired Clay/Ali strongly, strongly. Tarantino claimed that he based this on a passage on Linda Lee's book on her husband but fact-checkers note that [[https://variety.com/2019/film/news/bruce-lee-quentin-tarantino-shannon-lee-interview-1203302850/ the passage in question]] is Linda noting that those who watched Lee fight would bet that he could beat Cassius Clay, and not once is that attributed to be fair, even the fictional Lee praises the boxer before claiming himself or to be the superior fighter.Lee by her.


* AllTakeAndNoGive: Rick and Cliff's friendship is set up like this but as the film goes on this is PlayedWith. Rick relies a lot on Cliff: he has cliff fix his antenna, Cliff drives him around because his license was revoked, Cliff is his sounding board for his problems, and always runs jobs for Rick. While Rick does seem to take him for granted he at least tries to use his pull to get Cliff work and sticks by his side even through the murder accusations. Cliff mentions that he enjoys house sitting for Rick and driving his car and Rick even seems to keep a stash of dog food at his house for Brandy. Though it's clear Rick and Cliff's relationship isn't equal, Rick tries to give back in his own way.

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* AllTakeAndNoGive: Rick and Cliff's friendship is set up like this but as the film goes on this is PlayedWith. Rick relies a lot on Cliff: he has cliff Cliff fix his antenna, Cliff drives him around because his license was revoked, Cliff is his sounding board for his problems, and always runs jobs for Rick. While Rick does seem to take him for granted he at least tries to use his pull to get Cliff work and sticks by his side even through the murder accusations. Cliff mentions that he enjoys house sitting for Rick and driving his car and Rick even seems to keep a stash of dog food at his house for Brandy. Though it's clear Rick and Cliff's relationship isn't equal, Rick tries to give back in his own way.

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