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Big Bad Mama (1974)

Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law.

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William J. Baxter
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Fred Diller
Susan Sennett ...
Robbie Lee ...
Polly
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Uncle Barney
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Bonney
Tom Signorelli ...
Dodds
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Jane Kingston
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Reverend Johnson
William O'Connell ...
Crusade Preacher
John Wheeler ...
Lawyer
Ralph James ...
Sheriff
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Barney's Woman
Wally K. Berns ...
Legionnaire (as Wally Berns)
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After the death of her lover, Wilma takes over his bootlegging business, but without much success. She soon meets up with bank robber Fred, who convinces her and her daughters to join him for his next big heist. In the meantime, Wilma also kidnaps the daughter of a millionaire in the hopes of getting rich off the ransom. Will Wilma and Fred be able to retire with their ill-gotten gains, or will the law eventually catch up with them? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Wilma gave her daughters everything - her looks, her lovers and the crime of their lives! See more »

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23 November 1975 (Denmark)  »

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A Mulher da Metralhadora  »

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Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead performed most of the guitar and banjo music in the movie. See more »

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When Billy Jean delivers alcohol to Barney's woman she knocks at a door with two panes of glass. When she enters the house, the door has a single pane. See more »

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Reverend Johnson: [yelling] That's Goddamn blasphemy!
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Featured in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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Kind of a satire of 30's crime movies
6 October 2012 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

The 1930's where America was at its worst:The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl in the Midwest. Hard times was at its worst, especially for Wilma(Angle Dickinson) and her two daughters BilliyJean(Susan Sennett) and Polly(Robbie Lee). Tired of being poor, they head out West to make a living. They come across Wilma's bootlegging lover(Noble Willingham) at a church to attend Polly's wedding which never takes place because Mama objects the man and his family. They would later find new partners in crime after Uncle Barney gets killed by the Feds. They would me etc a bank robber(Tom Skerritt) and a gambler(William Shatner) . Think they can pull it off? Of course. "Big Bad Mama" packs a lot in this movie: Laughs, drama, romance, even gunfire. No one has been left out of the fun. Billy Jean is the tough older daughter, while Polly is the very hormonally, emotional one. They did give the bank robber some lover while Wilma did the gambler. I heard that this almost got an Oscar nomination, but the silliness gave it a nod. I say, "It's good!" Silly or not, its a great movie. Great for late night viewing. 4 out of 5 stars


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