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Crazy Mama (1975)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Drama | June 1975 (USA)
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, ... See full summary »

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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
Merie Earle ...
Bertha
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Daniel
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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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They shot her father, killed off her man, stole her land. She became the ... [video cover] See more »

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Bad Blues Girls  »

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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 »

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Features Howdy Doody (1954) See more »

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All I Have To Do Is Dream
Written by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant
Performed by The Everly Brothers
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A joy from start to finish!
15 March 2001 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This lively celebration of 1950's America is one of director Jonathan Demme's earliest and best films. After losing their beauty salon to some repossession men in California, grandmother Ann Sothern, mother Cloris Leachman, and daughter Linda Purl hit the road and embark on a crime spree, robbing and shooting their way back to their mid-western roots in Arkansas. CRAZY MAMA recreates a convincing '50's atmosphere, offers some of that decade's greatest music and, above all, features excellent performances by a wonderful cast. The film's brightest moments are supplied by Cloris Leachman and Ann Sothern, two of the finest actresses to ever grace the screen. Sothern's daughter, the equally gifted Tisha Sterling, plays her mother's character as a young woman in the opening scene of the film.


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