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, with Susan Sennett and Robbie Lee. It was followed by a sequel, Big Bad Mama II, in 1987.

Plot[edit]

In 1932 Texas, 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 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, Wilma's bloodied left arm is shown hanging down on the left side of the car, and, she dies in the automobile.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[3]

Much of the bluegrass music for this film was written by David Grisman. It was played by the Great American Music Band, and they were recorded and mixed by Bill Wolf.[4]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Big Bad Mama entry in The Compleat Grateful Dead Discography
  5. ^ http://www.shoutfactory.com/browse/318/roger_cormans_cult_classics.aspx

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