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Crazy Mama (1975)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  June 1975 (USA)
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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, ... 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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Daniel
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Supermarket Manager
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FBI Man
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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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Shot in fifteen days. See more »

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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Lollipop
Written by Beverly Ross and Julius Dixon
Performed by The Chordettes
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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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