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June 1975 (USA) See more »
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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 (as William Luckey)
Warren Miller ... Justice of the Peace
Saul Krugman ... Colonel Snodgrass
Vince Barnett ... Homer
Tisha Sterling ... Sheba - 1932
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Boyle ... (uncredited)
Suzanne M. Kelly ... Baby (uncredited)
Skip E. Lowe ... (uncredited)

John Milius ... Cop (uncredited)

Bill Paxton ... John (uncredited)

Dennis Quaid ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Will Sampson ... Indian At Trading (uncredited)

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 
Makeup Department
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist
Cheri Ruff .... hairdresser
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
Bob Mishakorall .... sound mixer
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Don Coufal .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (uncredited)
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
Richard Richards .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brink Brydon .... gaffer
Tak Fujimoto .... photographer: second unit
Jim Morris .... key grip
Gerald B. Wolfe .... still photographer (as Jerry Wolfe)
Michael Katz .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gina Brown .... assistant editor
Glenn K. Shimada .... assistant editor (as Glenn Shimada)
Music Department
Marshall Leib .... music coordinator
Other crew
Robert Easton .... dialect coach
Stephen Goepel .... production assistant (as Steve Goepel)
Tikki Goldberg .... script supervisor
Curt Holzer III .... second unit coordinator (as Curt Holzer)
David Kahler .... production assistant
Wendy Shear .... production assistant
Gil Valle .... location manager
Nancy Zearfoss .... production secretary
Don McKenzie .... location scout (uncredited)
John Solie .... cover illustrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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83 min
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Crazy Mama and Rock 'n Roll, 27 July 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Crazy Mama (1975)

** (out of 4)

Just four years after winning an Oscar in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, Cloris Leachman showed up in this Roger Corman produced flick where she followed in the footsteps of Shelley Winters (BLOODY MAMA) and Angie Dickinson (BIG BAD MAMA) as tough mother's stealing for a better life. In this film, Melba (Leachman), her mother and her teenage daughter travel from California to Arkansas after their beauty parlor is taken away from them. Along the way they encounter several men as well as one robbery after another. Director Jonathan Demme certainly took a story that had already been done to death and at least brought some new touches to it but in the end there's just no way around the fact that we've seen this thing too many times before. I think the best thing going for the film is the direction of Demme because he at least makes the thing feel very authentic and you really do get the feeling that you're in the 1950s. With this setting the director is able to not only make things look like the period but he also get a nice selection of music from this period. Leachman is certainly game for her part but the screenplay doesn't do her many favors. The supporting cast features familiar faces like Stuart Whitman, Sally Kirkland, Dick Miller and Donny Most who is best remembered for his role on Happy Days. The film contains some nice car crashes, some nudity and quite a bit of violence and especially for a PG rated film. CRAZY MAMA has a lot going for it but there's still no way around the fact that it doesn't offer us anything we haven't seen before in better pictures.

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