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Bloody Mama (1970)

R | | Crime, Drama | 24 March 1970 (USA)
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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Michael Fox ...
Dr. Roth
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Young Kate (as Lisa Jill)
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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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Release Date:

24 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bloody Mama - gangsterfamilien Barker  »

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In one scene where Herman Barker (Don Stroud) punches Ma Barker (Shelley Winters) in the nose, Stroud accidentally punched Winters in the nose for real, and hurt her badly enough that she had to be taken to the hospital. See more »


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. Correction: The swastika was used as good luck symbol long before the Nazis. It was a common Native American symbol of good fortune and was on the official patch of the 45th Infantry Division of the US Army prior to 1930. So it's use as graffiti is not impossible. See more »


'Ma' Kate Barker: It's supposed to be a free country Mona. But unless you're rich, you ain't free and you know that. So I aim to be freer than the rest of the people.
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Bloody Mama
Written by Don Randi, Guy Hemric and Bob Silver
Performed by Bigfoot
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1 May 2002 | by (Breda, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

In this 70's film, a lot of todays society problems are investigated. Drugtaking, booze problems, violence, incest and betrayal all in one movie. For me it was very surprising to see that all these topics were on show in this special film. I think it's impossible to make a similar film nowadays. The late 60's and early 70's were much more liberal than the last decades. Very convincing roles by Robert DeNiro and Shelley Winters. As good as "Bonnie and Clyde"

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