In 1929 a depression is sweeping the country causing people to survive by any means necessary. Ma Barker and her group of inbred sons travel the country robbing banks, homes, and holding rich men hostage. How long can the Barker family keep their crime spree alive?
"The rich men were jumping out the windows; and as usual, they were landing on the poor."
Roger Corman, director of Frankenstein Unbound, The Trip, The Secret Invasion, The Raven, The Terror, Pit and the Pendulum, The Haunted Palace, House of Usher, Little Shop of Horrors, and Machine Gun Kelly, delivers Bloody Mama. The storyline for this picture is interesting and a unique take on the gangster genre. The story combines a unique blend of red neck drama and gangster behaviors. The acting is solid and the cast includes Robert De Niro, Shelley Winters, Pat Hingle, Bruce Dern, Pamela Dunlap, and Robert Walden.
"You just rob banks and stay out of trouble."
The MGM channel showcased Roger Corman in March and when I saw a preview for this movie, as one of Corman and De Niro's first films, I had to see this picture. I did find this movie interesting and a blend of Wrong Turn and Public Enemy. The movie is definitely unique and depicts a story that unfolds masterfully. I do recommend seeing this picture.
"Blood, Kate, is thicker than water."
Grade: C+/B- (6.5)