Big Bad Mama (1974)

Big Bad Mama




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Angie Dickinson essays the title role in Big Bad Mama. This Depression-era crime caper casts the future star of Police Woman as sexy Ma Barker type Wilma McClatchie, who forces her nubile daughters (Susan Sennett, Robbie Lee) into participating in a robbery/kidnapping/murder spree. Wilma seems to be as motivated by the erotic thrill of lawbreaking as she is by the financial gains. She evens hops in the sack with her daughters, as does her common-law husband, played by William Shatner. A sequel … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Frances Doel, William W. Norton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 1999
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as Wilma McClatchie

as William J. Baxter

as Fred Diller

as Billy Jean McClatchi...

as Polly McClatchie

as Jane Kingston

as Rev. Johnson

as Sheriff

as Bonny

as Barney's Woman

as Sheriff's Son

as Legionnaire

as Charlie

as Mrs. Kingston

as Wesley

as Bank Teller

as Hattie
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Critic Reviews for Big Bad Mama

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Corman's 'lady gangster' movies exposed more than skin: They essentially pantsed Uncle Sam, organized religion, law enforcement, big business and patriarchal society in general. These were exploitation movies about exploitation...

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This is a classic Corman drive-in picture combining crime-movie spectacle, period color and sexploitation diversions between the capers...

Full Review… | December 7, 2010
Parallax View

Big Bad Mama strikes the perfect balance between exploitative raunchiness, and great low-key action and excitement.

Full Review… | December 4, 2010

Not bad enough to be either bad or good.

Full Review… | March 7, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Big Bad Mama

A knock off of Bonnie and Clyde? Not exactly. This movie has the same machine gun bank robbing action, but the relationships are messier and more scandalous, and there's a good amount of nudity. This movie has something to say about femininity,family, and survival in America during the depression. I liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

The trick to enjoying Big Bad Mama lies in paying strict attention during the opening credits and looking for a specific name during the credits -- namely Roger Corman. Once you realize that you're in for more of an entertaining movie than a good one and absolving Big Bad Mama of any great expectations, only then are you in for a good time. All the movie really consists of is a series of random and uncased robberies and excuses to see Angie Dickinson and her daughters naked and taking turns with Tom Skerritt against a backdrop of Depression-era backwoods silliness with a pretty abrupt ending. This isn't to say Big Bad Mama is all bad, said silliness is the movie's most endearing quality (Dickinson being a close second) and William Shatner in a hysterically horrible acting job is also worth the time. And yes, Big Bad Mama is pretty much a Bonnie and Clyde knockoff, but realizing that is the trick to enjoying it.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

low budget, high camp value

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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