Big Bad Mama
|Big Bad Mama|
|Directed by||Steve Carver|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||William Norton
|Music by||David Grisman|
|Edited by||Tina Hirsch|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|Box office||$4 million|
Big Bad Mama is a 1974 American film produced by Roger Corman, starring Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, and Tom Skerritt, with Susan Sennett and Robbie Lee. It was followed by a sequel, Big Bad Mama II, in 1987.
In Texas in 1932, after stopping her youngest daughter's wedding, Wilma McClatchie (Dickinson) takes over her late lover's bootlegging business, but gets caught while doing the delivery route with her two daughters. After handing over all her money and ring to the sheriff, they are let go and she begins her crime spree.
While Wilma is at a bank trying to cash a fake check, the bank is held up by Fred Diller (Skerritt) and his gang. In the melee, Wilma and her daughters Polly (Robbie Lee) and Billy Jean (Susan Sennett) grab some money bags from behind the counter and escape, but not before Diller gets in their automobile and leaves with them. Afterwards, they decide to pair up, and Diller and Wilma also become lovers.
At a subsequent con, Wilma meets the refined-yet-dishonest gambler William J. Baxter (Shatner). Wilma falls for him, he joins the group and becomes Wilma's lover, much to the chagrin of Diller. The gang proceeds with several more heists, each time getting more money. Eventually, they kidnap the daughter of a millionaire in the hopes of getting rich off the ransom. With the ransom paid, the federal agents who had been tracking them arrive with the police.
Baxter is captured, Wilma, Polly, and Billy Jean escape with the suitcase full of money, and Diller stays behind, providing cover with his Tommy gun. As the three women drive off, the mortally wounded Wilma's bloodied left arm is seen hanging down on the left side of the car.
- Angie Dickinson as Wilma McClatchie
- Tom Skerritt as Fred Diller
- William Shatner as William J. Baxter
- Robbie Lee as Polly McClatchie
- Susan Sennett as Billy Jean McClatchie
- Noble Willingham as Uncle Barney
- Sally Kirkland as Barney's woman
- Dick Miller as Bonney
- Joan Prather as Jane Kingston
- Royal Dano as Rev. Johnson
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The film features a number of nude scenes by the three principal actresses, several of which are with the two principal actors.
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.
- Ed. J. Philip di Franco, The Movie World of Roger Corman, Chelsea House Publishers, 1979 p 57
- Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 67
- Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 141
- Big Bad Mama entry in The Compleat Grateful Dead Discography
- Big Bad Mama at the Internet Movie Database
- Big Bad Mama at AllMovie
- Big Bad Mama: A drive-in classic? Essay at filmcritic.com