GenreAction, Comedy, Drama Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateJune 1975 WriterRobert Thom (screenplay), Frances Doel (story) Music directorSnotty Scotty and The Hankies CastCloris Leachman (Melba), Stuart Whitman (Jim Bob), Ann Sothern (Sheba), Jim Backus (Mr. Albertson), Don Most (Shawn), Linda Purl (Cheryl) Similar moviesAll Ladies Do It, Jamon Jamon, Black Moon Rising, Knock Knock, Mezzo Forte, The Wolf of Wall Street
TaglineIn 1957 Cheryl Drove Her Mom's Chevy on a Heavy Date: Got Knocked Up, Knocked Over a Bank, Smashed Four Police Cars, and Kidnapped Her Stepfather. It Was a Crazy Year!
Crazy mama official trailer
Crazy Mama is a 1975 American action/comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme, produced by Julie Corman and stars Cloris Leachman. It marked Bill Paxton's film debut.
In 1958, a Long Beach, California beauty parlor run by Melba Stokes (Leachman), her mother Sheba (Ann Sothern) and daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl), is repossessed. They flee when landlord Mr. Albertson comes to demand the back rent.
On the road, heading back to Arkansas to reclaim the family farm, the Stokes women begin a crime spree. They rob a gas station first, then head for Las Vegas next. In pursuit of pregnant Cheryl is her boyfriend, Shawn, while Melba gets reacquainted with an old lover, Jim Bob. Further battles with the law along the way eventually lead to a shootout in which Jim Bob and others are killed. Melba is left alone, on the lam, but begins life again in a new town with a new look.
Cloris Leachman as Melba
Stuart Whitman as Jim Bob
Ann Sothern as Sheba
Linda Purl as Cheryl
Jim Backus as Albertson
Donny Most as Shawn
Tisha Sterling as Young Sheba
Sally Kirkland as Ella Mae
Dick Miller as Wilbur Janeway
Harry Northup as FBI Man
The Goodyear Blimp as itself
The film is a follow up to Big Bad Mama (1974). The original director was Shirley Clarke but she was fired ten days prior to filming and Demme (who had been preparing Fighting Mad for Corman) took over. Among the changes Demme made was to the ending, which was originally have all the leading characters die. Producer Julie Corman gave birth to her first child during production.
"Transfusion" - Performed by Nervous Norvus
"Sleep Walk" - Performed by Santo & Johnny
"Money (That's What I Want)" - Performed by Barrett Strong
"Devoted to You" - Performed by The Everly Brothers
"Black Slacks" - Performed by Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones
"Running Bear" - Performed by Johnny Preston
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" - Performed by The Everly Brothers
"I've Had It" - Performed by The Bell Notes
"Western Movies" - Performed by The Olympics
"Lollipop" - Performed by The Chordettes
On December 17, 2010, Shout! Factory released the title on DVD, packaged as a double feature with The Lady In Red as part of the Roger Corman Cult Classics collection.