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Melba
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Jim Bob
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Sheba
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Mr. Albertson
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Shawn (as Donn Most)
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Cheryl
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Snake
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Bertha
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Ella Mae
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Daniel
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Wilbur Janeway
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Supermarket Manager
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FBI Man
Ralph James ...
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Dinah Englund ...
Melba - 1932
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Jonathan Demme directs this joyous relentlessly kitschy celebration of 50's America: opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up, for a crime spree from California to the old family homestead in Arkansas. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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In 1957 Cheryl Drove Her Mom's Chevy on a Heavy Date: Got Knocked Up, Knocked Over a Bank, Smashed Four Police Cars, and Kidnapped Her Stepfather. It Was a Crazy Year! See more »

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June 1975 (USA)  »

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Bad Blues Girls  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Ann Sothern's daughter Tisha Sterling plays the younger version of Sothern's character Sheba who's seen in the prologue for this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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Devoted To You
Written by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant
Performed by The Everly Brothers
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A joy from start to finish!
1 March 2001 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This lively celebration of America in the 1950's is one of director Jonathan Demme's earliest and best films. After losing their beauty parlor to repossession men in Long Beach, California, grandmother Ann Sothern, mother Cloris Leachman, and daughter Linda Purl hit the road and turn to a life of crime, hoping to eventually make their way to family homestead in Arkansas. CRAZY MAMA recreates a convincing '50's atmosphere, offers some of that decade's greatest music, and features an excellent cast. The film's brightest moments are supplied by Ann Sothern, one of the finest actresses to ever grace the screen. Sothern's daughter is actress Tisha Sterling who plays her mother's character as a young woman in the opening scenes of the film.


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