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Bloody Mama
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Director:
Writers:
Don Peters (story)
Robert Thom (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 March 1970 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
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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
 
Stunts
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
Bigfoot .... music performers "Bloody Mama"
Guy Hemric .... composer: title song "Bloody Mama"
Don Randi .... musical director
Bob Silver .... composer: title song "Bloody Mama"
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
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Certification:
Finland:K-18 (cut) (1972) | France:-18 | France:-12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM14 | 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 version, re-rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Robert De Niro lost approximately 30 pounds to play his role.See more »
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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.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
psycho, 28 July 2005
Author: RanchoTuVu from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Some movies romanticize the life of crime, or make the criminals into sympathetic characters, but Roger Corman's "Bloody Mama" goes in the opposite direction with its depiction of the Barker crime family of the 30's and their ruthless murders, sadism, incest, drug addiction, and insanity. It's a morbidly colorful mixture of negative southern poor white trash stereotypes, encapsulated in a family of sociopaths, with a vintage Shelly Winters bringing her trademark intensity to the role of Ma Barker and a great cast as her sons and their associates, including Don Stroud, Robert Walden, Bruce Dern, Diane Varsi, and Robert DeNiro. A mishmash of humor and repugnancy, it's definitely not for the squeamish.

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