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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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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)

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

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A scene with Shelley Winters giving birth was filmed, but cut from the movie. However, a clip from said deleted scene can still be seen in the theatrical trailer.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Pistol-Packin' Hillbillies, 20 January 2013
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Fun movie about a gun toting Ozark clan that rebels against their Depression-era poverty by stealing, threatening, robbing banks, kidnapping, and killing their way into infamy. The clan's leader is colorful Ma (Kate) Barker (Shelley Winters), self-confident, forceful, and determined to get some high-style living for her and her four boys, whatever is required.

Interspersed through the plot are real-life B&W flashbacks to the 1920s and 30s, which enhance a sense of realism, as does the casting of non-actors in minor roles in some scenes. The dialogue is at times clever, like during one of the B&W flashback scenes when, in V.O., Ma tells us: "1929 was a bad year for a lot of folks. The rich men was jumpin' out of the windows and, as usual, they fell on the poor".

In addition to clever dialogue, Shelley Winters makes the film fun, mostly as a result of her over-the-top Southern accent. And there's something quite ironic about her character. For all of Kate's gun-loving ways, she's actually quite religious and anti-war. In one sequence, she sits down at the piano to play, and starts singing a song to spark some life into her four dejected sons; they eventually join in. "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier; I brought him up to be my pride and joy … there'd be no war today, if mothers all would say, I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier", which also sums up her familial bond with her sons.

The film's color cinematography is acceptable, though nothing special. Prod design and costumes seem accurate for the era, though Shelley's long eyelashes look more like something from the 1960s than the 1920s. The film's songs are good; I really like that title song.

A lot of viewers don't like this movie, for a variety of reasons. No, it isn't a realistic portrayal of the real Ma Barker. And no, the story is not altogether accurate, though some plot points are. But it's a fun movie and worth watching, mostly for the entertaining performance of Shelley Winters.

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