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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Cast overview, first billed only:
William J. Baxter
Fred Diller
Susan Sennett ...
Robbie Lee ...
Uncle Barney
Tom Signorelli ...
Jane Kingston
Reverend Johnson
William O'Connell ...
Crusade Preacher
John Wheeler ...
Ralph James ...
Barney's Woman
Wally K. Berns ...
Legionnaire (as Wally Berns)


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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher da Metralhadora  »

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The vintage automobiles were loaned from an antique car collectors club. See more »


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 »


Reverend Johnson: [yelling] That's Goddamn blasphemy!
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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A brilliantly fun piece of trash!
22 October 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Imagine Bonnie and Clyde without Clyde and with more of a trashy B-movie style to it, and you've got an idea of what Big Bad Mama is like. With Roger Corman on producing duty, you've to expect some silly trashy fun, and this film delivers that in droves as it's clear that nobody cared about making a credible film, which is usually good news for entertainment value. Angie Dickinson takes the lead role and makes good of it, as she carries the film with her engaging and enthusiastic performance. The film focuses on Dickinson's character Wilma, who decides to go into bootlegging when her lover is killed. Along with her two daughters, Wilma travels across the country and eventually meets a bank robber named Fred, and the pair decides to put their relative talents to good use in order to 'earn' themselves some money. The support cast is good, with the likes of William Shatner, Dick Miller and Tom Skerritt being put to good use, while lesser known performers such as Robbie Lee and Susan Sennett also giving entertaining turns. The reason this film works so well is undoubtedly down to director Steve Carver's focus on entertaining his audience. This does leave it feeling more than a little bit empty, but in a film where bank robberies, sex scenes, car chases and more feature heavily, this isn't a big problem. Overall, if you fancy a fun filled eighty minutes or so

  • you could certainly do a lot worse than this little flick!

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