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Big Bad Mama (1974)

Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law.


Steve Carver


William W. Norton (as William Norton), Frances Doel

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angie Dickinson ... Wilma McClatchie
William Shatner ... William J. Baxter
Tom Skerritt ... Fred Diller
Susan Sennett ... Billy Jean
Robbie Lee Robbie Lee ... Polly
Noble Willingham ... Uncle Barney
Dick Miller ... Bonney
Tom Signorelli Tom Signorelli ... Dodds
Joan Prather ... Jane Kingston
Royal Dano ... Reverend Johnson
William O'Connell ... Crusade Preacher
John Wheeler John Wheeler ... Lawyer
Ralph James Ralph James ... Sheriff
Sally Kirkland ... Barney's Woman
Wally K. Berns Wally K. Berns ... Legionnaire (as Wally Berns)


After the death of her lover, Wilma takes over his bootlegging business, but without much success. She soon meets up with bank robber Fred, who convinces her and her daughters to join him for his next big heist. In the meantime, Wilma also kidnaps the daughter of a millionaire in the hopes of getting rich off the ransom. Will Wilma and Fred be able to retire with their ill-gotten gains, or will the law eventually catch up with them? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Men, Money And Moonshine: When It Comes To Vice, Mama Knows Best. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

12 January 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher da Metralhadora See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot in twenty days. See more »


As Charles takes the money during the bank robbery, the squib pack on his lower back is visible. See more »


[Jane is tied up and Fred proceeds to grope her]
Jane Kingston: What are you doing?
Fred Diller: I just, uh, never felt the titties of a millionaire before.
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Featured in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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Great '70s Movie!
26 January 2008 | by Travis CockerellSee all my reviews

Here is a quote from another review of this movie:

"The early 1970s has some of the most blatant anti-Christian messages ever put out by Hollywood filmmakers and this is Exhibit A. You can just feel the hatred of these atheists pouring out in this movie. There are not one but two separate instances of picturing phony and blasphemous preachers in here. That, plus a ton of GDs, mostly said by Angie Dickinson, make this a despicable, extremely bigoted film".

Huh? (Scratching my head), it's just a movie...it's not real life!

This is a great '70s movie about gangsters in the early part of the century. What is not to like. The ever present bad acting of William Shatner. The beauty of Angie Dickinson. Tom Skerritt, Noble Willingham, Royal Dano, Sally Kirkland. What a cast of characters! The music of Jerry Garcia. Produced by Roger Corman. What is not to like? If you have never seen it, I think you will get a kick out of it. '70s movie making at it's best. Period!

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