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Bloody Mama -- Ma Barker and her four sons leave the poverty of the Ozarks for a life of sadism, incest, murder, kidnapping and violence...until they are hunted down by the FBI. In HD.


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Don Peters (story)
Robert Thom (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 March 1970 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shelley Winters ... 'Ma' Kate Barker

Pat Hingle ... Sam Adams Pendlebury

Don Stroud ... Herman Barker

Diane Varsi ... Mona Gibson

Bruce Dern ... Kevin Dirkman
Clint Kimbrough ... Arthur Barker

Robert De Niro ... Lloyd Barker

Robert Walden ... Fred Barker

Alex Nicol ... George Barker

Pamela Dunlap ... Rembrandt
Michael Fox ... Dr. Roth

Scatman Crothers ... Moses (as 'Scatman' Crothers)
Stacy Harris ... Agent McClellan

Lisa Linsky ... Young Kate (as Lisa Jill)
Steve Mitchell ... Sheriff
Roy Idom ... Ferryboat Passenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Snell ... Federal Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Peters  story
Robert Thom  screenplay
Robert Thom  story

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... producer
Norman T. Herman .... co-producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Don Randi 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography) (as John Alonzo)
Film Editing by
Eve Newman 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist (as Betty Iverson)
Production Management
Elliot Schick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Grillo .... assistant director
George Bowden .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Michael Ross .... property master
Sound Department
Charles T. Knight .... sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Bud Walls .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Elsenbach .... camera operator
Roy Hogstedt .... assistant camera
Richard King Sr. .... key grip (as Richard King)
Robert E. Thomas .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Costich .... wardrobe
Music Department
Don Randi .... musical director
Al Simms .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Clifton Bush .... transportation captain
Other crew
William Bond Jr. .... our man in Arkansas
Michel Levesque .... visual consultant (as Michael Levesque)
Tom Moore .... script supervisor
Earl Wingard .... unit publicist

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Chile:(Banned) (1974-2002) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1972) | France:-18 | France:-12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1989) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:18 (cut) | UK:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:18 (uncut) (re-rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Robert De Niro lost approximately 30 pounds to play his role.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Trippy movie, 10 August 2007
Author: tingeyh-1 from United States

This movie was my introduction to Roger Corman. I am now hooked. I think other posters have put too much emphasis on accuracy and technique. Sure the plot is not always logical and some of the performances are not great. I find that classics like Bloody Mama are so fun because the director and actors are aware that the film is not Oscar-caliber but still have fun with it. What makes this film so great is that it is a disturbing,campy, slapped-together mess. I would also like to point out that the always great Don Stroud has said in interviews that he had an intense affair with Shelley Winters during the filming of Bloody Mama. As they played a creepy mother son duo, this little morsel of trivia adds a whole new level of disturbing to this fabulous film.

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