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Bloody Mama (1970) Poster

(1970)

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American International Pictures originally wanted Roger Corman to shoot this film on the MGM studio backlot.
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Shelley Winters was such an extreme method actress that she spent the entire evening before the grave scene at a funeral parlor staring at a real corpse in a coffin convincing herself she was staring at her dead son, in addition to listening to loud opera just before shooting a scene to work herself up emotionally, and throwing a very real wine bottle at Lloyd (Robert De Niro) in order to make him cry.
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Robert De Niro lost approximately thirty pounds to play his role.
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In one scene where Herman Barker (Don Stroud) punches Ma Barker (Shelley Winters) in the nose, Stroud accidentally punched Winters in the nose for real, and hurt her badly enough, that she had to be taken to the hospital.
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Dirkman (Bruce Dern) is a combination of several Barker Gang members, most notably Alvin Carpis, who was a cellmate of Freddie Barker and the primary member of the gang (outside of the family).
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Robert De Niro arrived in Arkansas a week prior to shooting, so he could learn all about the local culture.
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Shelley Winters played a character that spoofed "Ma" Barker. On Batman (1966), she played "Ma" Parker in a couple of episodes as a guest star.
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In a January 2003 interview with Esquire Magazine, Robert De Niro says he spent a lunch break sleeping in an open grave to help stay in character.
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A scene with Shelley Winters giving birth was filmed, but cut from the movie. However, a clip from said deleted scene can still be seen in the theatrical trailer.
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Shelley Winters confesses in her biography that Robert De Niro insisted to be truly buried, and not a stunt, during the burial in the ground sequence.
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