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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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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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Crusin' America in '57 She Shot Her Way to Rock and Roll Heaven! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Crime

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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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References Man of the West (1958) See more »

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Western Movies
Written by Clifford Goldsmith and Fred Sledge Smith
Performed by The Olympics
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A joy from start to finish!
1 March 2001 | by chad478See all my reviews

This lively celebration of America in the 1950's is one of director Jonathan Demme's earliest and best films. After losing their beauty parlor to repossession men in Long Beach, California, grandmother Ann Sothern, mother Cloris Leachman, and daughter Linda Purl hit the road and turn to a life of crime, hoping to eventually make their way to family homestead in Arkansas. CRAZY MAMA recreates a convincing '50's atmosphere, offers some of that decade's greatest music, and features an excellent cast. The film's brightest moments are supplied by Ann Sothern, one of the finest actresses to ever grace the screen. Sothern's daughter is actress Tisha Sterling who plays her mother's character as a young woman in the opening scenes of the film.


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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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Company Credits

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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