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Release Date:
June 1975 (USA) See more »
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 »
Jonathan Demme directs this joyous relentlessly kitschy celebration of 50's America: opportunity, rock'n'roll... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Cloris Leachman ... Melba

Stuart Whitman ... Jim Bob

Ann Sothern ... Sheba

Jim Backus ... Mr. Albertson

Don Most ... Shawn (as Donn Most)

Linda Purl ... Cheryl
Bryan Englund ... Snake
Merie Earle ... Bertha

Sally Kirkland ... Ella Mae
Clint Kimbrough ... Daniel

Dick Miller ... Wilbur Janeway

Carmen Argenziano ... Supermarket Manager

Harry Northup ... FBI Man
Ralph James ... Sheriff - 1932
Dinah Englund ... Melba - 1932

Rob Reece ... Mover (as Robert Reece)
Mickey Fox ... Mrs. Morgan

John Aprea ... Marvin
Cynthia Songé ... Lucinda (as Cynthia Songey)
Hal Marshall ... Bartender
Beach Dickerson ... Desk Clerk
Barbara Ann Grimes ... Lady Teller (as Barbara Walters)
Bill McLean ... Bank Manager
Bill Luckey ... Newsman
Warren Miller ... Justice of the Peace
Saul Krugman ... Colonel Snodgrass
Vince Barnett ... Homer
Tisha Sterling ... Sheba - 1932
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne M. Kelly ... Baby
Skip E. Lowe
David Boyle ... (uncredited)

John Milius ... Cop (uncredited)

Bill Paxton ... John (uncredited)

Dennis Quaid ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Will Sampson ... Indian At Trading (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Robert Thom (screenplay)

Frances Doel (story)

Produced by
Julie Corman .... producer
Peter Cornberg .... associate producer
Original Music by
Snotty Scotty and The Hankies 
Cinematography by
Bruce Logan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Allan Holzman 
Lewis Teague 
Art Direction by
Peter Jamison 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
Costume Design by
Jac McAnelly 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamar Card .... assistant director
Evelyn Purcell .... second unit director
Art Department
William Sandell .... property master (as Bill Sandell)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer
Jim Burk .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Bill Burton)
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator
James M. Halty .... stunts (as James Halty)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas Huff)
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Regina Parton .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tak Fujimoto .... photographer: second unit
Michael Katz .... grip
Jim Morris .... key grip
Gerald B. Wolfe .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Glenn K. Shimada .... assistant editor (as Glenn Shimada)
Music Department
Marshall Leib .... music coordinator
Other crew
Nancy Zearfoss .... location manager
Don McKenzie .... location scout (uncredited)

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83 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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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References Man of the West (1958)See more »
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Promises more than it actually delivers., 10 November 2013
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Any movie that opens with a montage with typically nostalgic images of life in the 1950's, and to the wondrous tunes of "All I have to do is Dream" by The Everly Brothers, is half of a winner already in my book. I instantly presumed that Jonathan Demme's "Crazy Mama" would become a massively entertaining 70's road-movie/parody exploitation flick, full of memorable highlights and delightfully eccentric characters, but that turned out a little bit disappointing to be entirely honest. The movie kicks off energetically and tremendously joyous, but runs out of steam surprisingly fast. When evicted from her Californian beauty parlor, enraged mother Melba mobilizes her daughter and mother to head back to Arkansas and reclaim the family farm grounds that were violently taken from them in 1932. Hiking along are daughter Cheryl's surfer boyfriend and a trio of a flamboyant weirdos the gang picked up in Las Vegas, including macho hunk Jim Bob, gambling addicted senior citizen Bertha and greasy biker kid Snake. The deranged motley crew leaves a trail of armed robberies and kidnap conspiracies from West to East, but the biggest confrontation with the law awaits them in Arkansas. In spite of the speedy pace, "Crazy Mama" is overall rather dull and repetitive. I also would have preferred the film to be more violent and gritty, instead of comical and trashy. The performances are pretty lackluster, with Cloris Leachman not really fitting her role and Don Most being a bleak imitation of the characters Ron Howard played in the sixties and seventies. Stuart Whitman is cool, though, and Linda Purl depicts a lovable 70's exploitation wench. The only aspect that remains brilliant throughout is the soundtrack full of golden oldies, like "Lollipop" and "Running Bear". "Crazy Mama" is the third and final feature in trash-producer Roger Corman's unofficial Mama-trilogy, with "Bloody Mama" and "Big Bad Mama" as its predecessors. I'm surely going to track down those, because they look a lot cooler than this "Crazy Mama". Director Jonathan Demme has had one of the most uneven careers in Hollywood, for sure! From the sloppy Women-in-Prison flick "Caged Heat" onto exploitation flicks like "Crazy Mama" and "Fighting Mad" and towards more serious thrillers like "Last Embrace". In the 80's, Demme directed a few TV-movies, popular comedies and a lot of Neil Young videos before hitting it big with Academy Award winning blockbusters "Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia".

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