Big Bad Mama

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Big Bad Mama
Big bad mama movie poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Steve Carver
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by William Norton
Frances Doel
Starring Angie Dickinson
William Shatner
Tom Skerritt
Music by David Grisman
Cinematography Bruce Logan
Edited by Tina Hirsch
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release dates
  • September 19, 1974 (1974-09-19)
Running time
83 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $400,000[1]
Box office $4 million[2]

Big Bad Mama is a 1974 American film produced by Roger Corman, starring Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, and Tom Skerritt. It was followed by a sequel, Big Bad Mama II, in 1987.


In 1932 Texas, Wilma McClatchie (Dickinson) takes over her late lover's bootlegging business, but it isn't lucrative. She meets up with a bank robber, Fred Diller (Skerritt), who invites her and her two daughters in on his next big heist. After meeting a refined-yet-dishonest gambler (Shatner), Wilma recruits him along with Fred and her girls to kidnap the daughter of a millionaire in the hopes of getting rich off the ransom.



According to director Steve Carver, Angie Dickinson allowed the crew to remain on set during the filming of her sex scene with Tom Skerritt but William Shatner asked for all non essential crew to be removed during his sex scene with Dickinson.[3]

DVD release[edit]

On December 7, 2010 Shout! Factory released the title on DVD, packaged as a double feature with Big Bad Mama II as part of the Roger Corman Cult Classics collection.[4]


  1. ^ Ed. J. Philip di Franco, The Movie World of Roger Corman, Chelsea House Publishers, 1979 p 57
  2. ^ Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 67
  3. ^ Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 141
  4. ^

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