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Crazy Mama (1975)

Several women begin an outlaws' lives in a desperate trip to their family farm, which was taken off them by corrupt authorities.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Robert Thom (screenplay), Frances Doel (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Bryan Englund ... Snake
Merie Earle Merie Earle ... Bertha
Sally Kirkland ... Ella Mae
Clint Kimbrough Clint Kimbrough ... Daniel
Dick Miller ... Wilbur Janeway
Carmen Argenziano ... Supermarket Manager
Harry Northup ... FBI Man
Ralph James Ralph James ... Sheriff - 1932
Dinah Englund Dinah Englund ... Melba - 1932
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Storyline

Jonathan Demme directs this joyous relentlessly kitschy celebration of 1950s America: opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up, for a crime spree from California to the old family homestead in Arkansas. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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These Ladies are Wanted for Bigamy, Robbery, Kidnapping, Assaulting an Officer and 69 Violations of the Traffic Code See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Ladies See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Paxton's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Bertha: I think I'm gonna start smokin' a cigar, you know, change my image. What's so good about being an outlaw when you look like an in-law?
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Written by Clifford Goldsmith and Fred Sledge Smith
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Crazy Mama and Rock 'n Roll
27 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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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