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Don Peters (story)
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Release Date:
17 August 1970 (Sweden) See more »
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A psychological gangster film based on fact. Machine gun totin' Ma Barker lead her family gang (her sons) on a crime spree in the Depression era... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shelley Winters ... 'Ma' Kate Barker

Pat Hingle ... Sam Adams Pendlebury

Don Stroud ... Herman Barker

Diane Varsi ... Mona Gibson

Bruce Dern ... Kevin Dirkman
Clint Kimbrough ... Arthur Barker

Robert De Niro ... Lloyd Barker

Robert Walden ... Fred Barker

Alex Nicol ... George Barker

Pamela Dunlap ... Rembrandt

Michael Fox ... Dr. Roth

Scatman Crothers ... Moses (as 'Scatman' Crothers)

Stacy Harris ... Agent McClellan

Lisa Linsky ... Young Kate (as Lisa Jill)
Steve Mitchell ... Sheriff
Roy Idom ... Ferryboat Passenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Haufrect ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Gura Lashlee ... Daddy (uncredited)
Frank Snell ... Federal Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Peters  story
Robert Thom  screenplay
Robert Thom  story

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... producer
Norman T. Herman .... co-producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Don Randi 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography) (as John Alonzo)
Film Editing by
Eve Newman 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist (as Betty Iverson)
Production Management
Elliot Schick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Grillo .... assistant director
George Bowden .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Michael Ross .... property master
Sound Department
Charles T. Knight .... sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Bud Walls .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Elsenbach .... camera operator
Roy Hogstedt .... assistant camera
Richard King Sr. .... key grip (as Richard King)
Robert E. Thomas .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Costich .... wardrobe
Music Department
Don Randi .... musical director
Al Simms .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Clifton Bush .... transportation captain
Other crew
William Bond Jr. .... our man in Arkansas
Michel Levesque .... visual consultant (as Michael Levesque)
Tom Moore .... script supervisor
Earl Wingard .... unit publicist

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Also Known As:
"Кровавая мама" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Кървава мама" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Átkozott mama" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Bloody Mama" - Norway (imdb display title)
"Bloody Mama - gangsterfamilien Barker" - Denmark
"Il clan dei Barker" - Italy
"Krvavá máma" - Czech Republic (imdb display title)
"Krwawa mama" - Poland
"Mamá Sangrienta" - Chile (imdb display title)
"Mamá sangrienta" - Spain
"O Dia da Violência" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Oi 4 adelfoi dolofonoi" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Oi bastardoi" - Greece (reissue title)
"Os 5 de Chicago" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Os Cinco de Chicago" - Brazil (complete title)
"Verinen Mamma Barker" - Finland
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Chile:(Banned) (1974-2002) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1972) | France:18 | France:12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1989) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (video rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (video rating) (uncut) (2009) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) (1986) | UK:X (cut) (1971) | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1970) | USA:R (certificate #22460) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

American International Pictures originally wanted Roger Corman to shoot this film on the MGM studio back lot.See more »
Anachronisms: In the prison cell when Freddie is walking on Dirkman's back, if you look on the cell wall behind him, you'll see graffiti of a Nazi swastika on the wall. The movie takes place circa 1930 and the Nazi symbol didn't even exist (at least in America's consciousness) until the late 1930's-1940's. Correction: The swastika was used as good luck symbol long before the Nazis. It was a common Native American symbol of good fortune and was on the official patch of the 45th Infantry Division of the US Army prior to 1930. So it's use as graffiti is not impossible.See more »
'Ma' Kate Barker:It's supposed to be a free country Mona. But unless you're rich, you ain't free and you know that. So I aim to be freer than the rest of the people.See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Extreme Close Up: The Barker Family, 9 August 2004
Author: narnerbee from US of A

This was definitely an exploitation film through and through! Shelly Winters and a supporting cast of a-list actors, and an unknown Bobby De Niro, taking girls, and men, killing, trashing, raping, kidnapping, and torture! Definitely worth the time, if you don't mind the subject matter. Here we are getting an in-depth look at the Barker family, led by a crazy Winters. We are introduced to these, "people" as a family, but they behave more on the line of animals. Early on, chances split the loving team up, in several different ways, but always, a family sticks together by and by. The family allow a few newbies into the team, a whore, and a homosexual jailmate. This equals chaos, and not the good sense for dearest mommie Winters. Slowly the psych of the whole gang is driven to madness and rage! They always said the truth hurts, and in this case, it really does. I don't know if Corman was going for shock or laughs, but he delivers both, and, I think, in the appropriate times too. Be it psychological, or just plain rage, this one takes it to the very end, or goes for decide!

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