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Bloody Mama (1970)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  24 March 1970 (USA)
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A psychological gangster film based on fact. Machine gun totin' Ma Barker lead her family gang (her sons) on a crime spree in the Depression era. Her loyal brood have every perversion ... See full summary »

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A psychological gangster film based on fact. Machine gun totin' Ma Barker lead her family gang (her sons) on a crime spree in the Depression era. Her loyal brood have every perversion imaginable. The sadistic Herman sleeps with his Ma. When Fred Barker is released from prison, he brings home his cell mate/lover Kevin Dirkman, who also sleeps with Ma, much to Fred's chagrin. Lloyd Barker is a spaced-out drug addict who sniffs glue if nothing better is around. Ma kidnaps happy-go-lucky millionaire Sam Adams Pendlebury and holds him for ransom. Arthur Barker - Ma's wallflower son - and Herman's hooker lady friend Mona Gibson also figure in the story. The bloody finale is virtually choreographed and a visual stunner. Filmed in the Ozarks. Written by alfiehitchie

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You gotta' believe... You gotta' have faith... But first, you gotta' get rid of the witnesses! See more »

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Robert De Niro lost approximately 30 pounds to play his role. See more »

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In the prison cell when Freddie is walking on Dirkman's back, if you look on the cell wall behind him, you'll see graffiti of a Nazi swastika on the wall. The movie takes place circa 1930 and the Nazi symbol didn't even exist (at least in America's consciousness) until the late 1930's-1940's. See more »

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Extreme Close Up: The Barker Family
9 August 2004 | by (US of A) – See all my reviews

This was definitely an exploitation film through and through! Shelly Winters and a supporting cast of a-list actors, and an unknown Bobby De Niro, taking girls, and men, killing, trashing, raping, kidnapping, and torture! Definitely worth the time, if you don't mind the subject matter. Here we are getting an in-depth look at the Barker family, led by a crazy Winters. We are introduced to these, "people" as a family, but they behave more on the line of animals. Early on, chances split the loving team up, in several different ways, but always, a family sticks together by and by. The family allow a few newbies into the team, a whore, and a homosexual jailmate. This equals chaos, and not the good sense for dearest mommie Winters. Slowly the psych of the whole gang is driven to madness and rage! They always said the truth hurts, and in this case, it really does. I don't know if Corman was going for shock or laughs, but he delivers both, and, I think, in the appropriate times too. Be it psychological, or just plain rage, this one takes it to the very end, or goes for broke...you decide!


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