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Big Bad Mama Reviews

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October 10, 2016
This movie seemed light years ahead of its time. But I don't know enough about the 70's to be right.
½ December 25, 2012
It's a cheap popcorn flik with plenty of skin. There are little pieces of a relevant message here, mostly about the greed of "The Man", but really it's just a guilty pleasure and it is better than most of its kind.
½ July 24, 2012
This one could have been left on the cutting room floor. Although Dickinson and Skerritt sold the story... when they had their clothes on.
July 22, 2012
"Never trust a girl giving her donuts away for free" - Mama
½ July 17, 2012
Raucous and stylish Depression era action has Angie and her two girls embarking on a crime spree from Texas to California. One of Corman's best features, taking a cue from Bonnie & Clyde. Angie is the definite centerpiece.
April 6, 2012
April 6, 2012
Typical Corman movie, that is just a fun watch.
½ March 28, 2012
Great shots of Angie in this.
Super Reviewer
½ December 17, 2011
Obviously aimed to capitalize on the success of Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde," this film is hardly on that level but is more fun to watch. Angie Dickinson and her two sexed-up daughters go on a Depression-era crime spree, taking Tom Skerritt and William Shatner along for the ride. Their capers are not just the typical bank heists, and are actually quite clever. And the film does such a nice job with recreating period details that you may take this for granted, amidst all the flashy sex and violence.

Dickinson has a few nude scenes, and shows an amazing body for a 42-year-old (heck, even 22-year-olds would envy it). Her less curvy daughters also peel, as does Joan Prather (which may be kind of a shock to modern viewers, considering that she's probably best known as David Bradford's clean-cut wife on the TV series "Eight Is Enough").
June 28, 2011
I wasn't expecting the amount of humor this film had going for it, giving it a really fun vibe as Angie Dickinson and her family try to stay one step ahead of the law.

It's a helluva lot of fun and worth it for the current Corman double feature.

Super Reviewer
April 24, 2011
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.
½ April 17, 2011
It would have been better if the three women had kept at it alone - the men just screwed everything up. Maybe that was the point?
January 23, 2011
The National Media Museum (Bradford) has taken to exhuming best-left-dead 'cult' films in something it calls 'From The Vault'. On a chilly January evening various men of a certain age assembled in the Cubby Broccoli cinema to be variously bemused and titillated by a film chiefly remembered for exposing more of Angie Dickinson's flesh than any other. To my lasting shame, I was also there. A Roger Corman hastily-assembled rip-off of 'Bonnie and Clyde', by way of the Keystone Kops and 'Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill'.
Tom Skerritt shows up in an early role. William Shatner turns up essentially playing himself as William J. Baxter, in an acting masterclass that would see him slide effortlessly into his upcoming role as T. J. Hooker. The scene where he is in bed behind an unclothed Angie and sliding his hands lasciviously all over her body with a grotesque leer, but has obviously been told to keep his hands off her baps, is an unintentional comic gem. Many good directors started with Corman and his quota quickies : Scorsese, Demme. Steve Carver here shows an ineptitude that made me check out his later career. Nothing of note. I left the cinema feeling slightly grubby.
December 23, 2010
Hilarious. This one is a lot of fun.

That's Goddamn blasphemy!
December 8, 2010
Preposterous movie here that stars Angie Dickinson as a Ma Barker type robbing banks just so she and her kids can have some of the good life. William Shatner and Tom Skerritt (!!) are the sometimes men in their lives. A pretty preposterous plot, Ummmmm HIGHLY questionable costuming choices (especially Dickinson, who's dressed in Bell Bottomed jeans at one point) and a great 70's exploitation feel makes this a fun view.
October 24, 2010
This movie is a cult classic of it's own! It's so bad it's good!
August 20, 2010
very funny and crazy to laugh
Super Reviewer
July 29, 2010
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.
July 26, 2010
This movie could be the ultimate drinking game. Every time, one of the little girls says Mama, you take a shot. Everytime you hear the banjo music, take a shot. Everytime, you see a scene that is poorly shot or directed, take a shot. This should at least have you passed out or so tipsy you won't care for the Angie Dickinson-William Shatner sex scene half way through the movie. Yes, it is a sight not wanting to be seen. This exploitation movie tried to capture off the success of Bonnie and Clyde but it looks all amateur and pieced together.
½ July 23, 2010
good b movie grindhouse stuff
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