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William W. Norton (written by) and
Frances Doel (written by)
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Release Date:
23 November 1975 (Denmark) See more »
Men, Money And Moonshine: When It Comes To Vice, Mama Knows Best. See more »
Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Angie Dickinson ... Wilma McClatchie

William Shatner ... William J. Baxter

Tom Skerritt ... Fred Diller
Susan Sennett ... Billy Jean
Robbie Lee ... Polly

Noble Willingham ... Uncle Barney

Dick Miller ... Bonney
Tom Signorelli ... Dodds

Joan Prather ... Jane Kingston

Royal Dano ... Reverend Johnson
William O'Connell ... Crusade Preacher
John Wheeler ... Lawyer
Ralph James ... Sheriff

Sally Kirkland ... Barney's Woman
Wally K. Berns ... Legionnaire (as Wally Berns)
Shannon Christie ... Stripper

Michael Talbott ... Sheriff's Son
Charles Pinney ... Mr. Kingston
Rob Berger ... Charlie Johnson
Jay Brooks ... Wesley

Paul Linke ... Bank Teller
Georgia Lee ... Mrs. Kingston
Mickey Fox ... Hattie
William F. Engle ... Fred Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Bartel ... Guest at Fancy Party (uncredited)
John C. Broderick ... Bound waiter (uncredited)

Rick Dano ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Carver 
Writing credits
William W. Norton (written by) (as William Norton) and
Frances Doel (written by)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Jon Davison .... associate producer
Teri Schwartz .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Grisman 
Cinematography by
Bruce Logan (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Tina Hirsch 
Art Direction by
Peter Jamison 
Set Decoration by
Coke Willis 
Costume Design by
Jac McAnelly 
Makeup Department
Alan Fama .... makeup artist
Ray Forman .... hair stylist
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
Harry Maret .... makeup artist
Gene Shacove .... hair stylist: Angie Dickinson
Production Management
John C. Broderick .... production manager (as John Broderick)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Bartel .... second unit director
Richard Franchot .... assistant director
Teri Schwartz .... assistant director
Art Department
Deborah Klose .... set dresser
Bill Paxton .... set dresser
William Sandell .... props (as Bill Sandell)
Robert W. Zentis .... assistant art director (as Bob Zentis)
Sound Department
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer
Kendrick Sweet .... sound effects (as Ken Sweet)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Eddy Donno .... action coordinator
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt double: Policeman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jaime Anderson .... second unit cameraman (as Jamie Anderson)
Don Clark .... gaffer
Ron Johnson .... assistant camera
Mason Sperry .... grip
Gary Wattman .... grip
Bill Williams .... best boy
Bill Williams .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Kaufman .... wardrobe assistant
Pamela Sellman .... wardrobe assistant (as Pam Sellman)
Editorial Department
Glenn K. Shimada .... assistant editor (as Glenn Shimada)
Music Department
The Great American Music Band .... music performers (as The Great American Music Band)
Bill Wolf .... music mixer
Bill Wolf .... music recordist
Jerry Garcia .... musician: banjo (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rick Dano .... transportation
Alfred Shelly .... transportation (as Al Shelly)
Other crew
Beverly Gray Bienstock .... production assistant
Jann Carver .... script supervisor
Paul Gionfriddo .... production assistant
Narcissa McKinley .... production assistant
Bruce Osborne .... supplier: cars
Willam Scott .... location coordinator
John Solie .... cover illustrator
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R

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Shot in 20 days.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Jane Kingston:[Jane is tied up and Fred proceeds to grope her]
Jane Kingston:What are you doing?
Fred Diller:I just, uh, never felt the titties of a millionaire before.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Wow!, 24 July 2010
Author: Linda_S from United States

This is one of those films, where you kick yourself for listening to critics who, at the time, trashed this film. Finally saw it and while it is, as some suggest, "trashy," this is one of the most entertaining films I've seen in quite some time.

I've always admired the talent of Mr Corman and his production of BBM is, for me, one of the highlights of his career. I've no illusions that his fans will suggest otherwise however this is a film that grabs you by the lapels, if one has lapels that is, and doesn't let go! Steve Carver takes a VERY low budget and gets the maximum out of it, there are some performances in this movie that will demonstrate the talents of some of your favorite actors that other, more popular and acclaimed films will NOT. As someone who is NOT a Tom Skerrit fan I've got to admit he was the standout actor in this, (I refuse to refer to actresses as 'actors', he really is a talented man. However the standout is the truly gorgeous Angie Dickinson, I knew she could act, I just never realized just how beautiful and sexy she really is, until this film. She singlehandedly transcends the material and thereby lifts BBM out of "trash" into a slam-bang adventure/crime/sex romp that is stunning. The supporting cast is excellent, however outside of 'Succubus' I've not quite gotten the appeal of William Shatner, at least in any serious sense. think we all realize how much talent got early starts in Corman films and I think you will also enjoy noting those who went on to do excellent work in other films and especially TV, such as Michael Talbott of "Miami Vice" TV series.

After watching this film I felt rather upbeat, BBM is the sort of fun film that we used to see more of, sans all that CGI and other expensive and often tawdry special effects, good entertainment that takes one out of the humdrum and into a place where ordinary belief is suspended and one is cheering for the heroes, albeit not the nicest heroes/heroines, wink.

One can only wonder if there is a Director's cut somewhere as this is rated 'R', Angie Dickinson, Wow! Did I mention Wow?

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