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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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Unpleasant and violent movie with a deranged Shelley Winters reenacting murderous Ma Barker See more (35 total) »

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)

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: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 version, re-rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Bruce Dern's character of Dirkman is a combination of several Barker Gang members, most notably Alvin Carpis, who was a cellmate of Freddie Barker and the primary member of the gang (outside of the family).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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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Unpleasant and violent movie with a deranged Shelley Winters reenacting murderous Ma Barker, 25 September 2009
Author: ma-cortes

The most colorful epoch of criminality in America during the Depression era is brought to life in this story of a bank-robber family , in a period when any employment, even illegal, was cherished, ambition, money and power originated an interminable cycle of fury and violence. The infamous Ma Barker ( Shelley Winters)'s blood-thirsty gang of the 30s backed by his four rare sons ( Robert De Niro, Robert Walden, Clint, Don Stroud) carry out heists to banks and a crime spree that gets even bigger when she dreams up an abducting plot , its a fast road to ruin. A hooker ( Diane Varsi) appears to be falling for the moronic sibling (Don Stroud as the sadistic mama lover). Later on, they hook up with Robert Walden's (as the homosexual ex-con) prison lover, Bruce Dern. Meanwhile a wealthy businessman ( Pat Hingle) is kidnapped by the grotesques family led by the sadistic mummy. Based on the biography of the violent careers of Ma Barker, named Arizona Clark (1877-1935) and his perverted sons, who roamed the South robbing banks during the Depression as Missouri, Texas, and Florida . They're joined by nefarious criminal Alvin Karpis who doesn't appear at the movie.

This is a perverse stew of murders, pronounced bloodshed, sentimental blood bonding, action , lots of violence and with a bullet-ridden ending . Overacting by Shelley Winters as sex-crazed lady killer and machine-gun toting mother. Imaginative musical score and evocative cinematography by classic cameraman John A Alonzo . Director and producer( along with Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson : American International) Roger Corman skillfully blends extreme violence that was highly controversial and some good scenes action. Good camera work, slick edition and nice 1930s period sets in average budget.

Followed by ¨Big Bad mama¨ (1974) by Steve Carver with Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, Tom Skerrit and ¨Big bad mama II¨ (1988) with Dickinson, Robert Culp and Julie McCullough. And a remake titled ¨Public enemies¨(96) by Mark L Lester with Theresa Russel Eric Roberts, Alyssa Milano and Frank Stallone. Furthermore, ¨The Grisson gang¨ (1971) by Robert Aldrich with Kim Darby and Scott Wilson.

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