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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.

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Steve Carver

Writers:

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

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)
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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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Wilma gave her daughters everything - her looks, her lovers and the crime of their lives! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher da Metralhadora See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Angie Dickinson did all her own stunts firing a machine gun. See more »

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When Billy Jean delivers alcohol to Barney's woman she knocks at a door with two panes of glass. When she enters the house, the door has a single pane. See more »

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Wilma McClatchie: Get yer hand off my tit, Barney!
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Classic Drive-In Trash
13 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Big Bad Mama (1974)

*** (out of 4)

Angie Dickinson got the role of her career playing the title character, a Texas mother of two teenage girls (Susan Sennett, Robbie Lee) who grows tired of being poor and decides to turn to robbery. Along the way she picks up a couple different men (William Shatner, Tom Skerritt) as they head towards California to make it rich. If you're easily offended then this might not be the movie for you but if you like sex, bloody violence, nudity, threesomes with sisters, robberies and just about every other sinful thing in the world then BIG BAD MAMA is just the film for you. I don't think there's any question that this here is one of the greatest drive-in movies ever made and from the opening dialogue where Dickinson is wondering why her "angels" turned out so "wrong" the film just delivers one great thing after another. Of course, those expecting CITIZEN KANE are going to be disappointed but to this day I can't see why certain film buffs go into every movie expecting a masterpiece. Some movies need to win Oscars and others like this one just need to be entertaining. It's very clear that the writers, the director and producer Roger Corman wanted to throw just about everything into this film that they possibly could. One of the big selling points in having someone like Dickinson appear in a movie like this and her presence certainly adds a lot. I'm sure most of her fans will be downright shocked to see her appearing in several sex scenes and she's nude for three different scenes including one full frontal. In interviews she has said that she wanted to show off her body and it's easy to see why. Dickinson is so good in the role that you can't help but love her character and the toughness she brings to it. Both Sennett and Lee are good looking in their parts. Those expecting great performances are going to be disappointed but I think both actresses delivered just what the film needed in terms of good humor. Shatner and Skerritt are both very entertaining in their roles and Corman regular Dick Miller plays a nice part as well. Considering how low of a budget this movie had it's rather shocking to see how good the costumes are and the period detail is really terrific because you feel as if it's really the 1930s. Director Carver does a very good job at keeping everything going at a nice pace as the 82-minute running time goes by without a problem. BIG BAD MAMA didn't win any Oscars when it was released but all these years later the charm is still there and it certainly deserves its reputation as one of the best drive-in flicks of the era.


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