The Info List - Crazy Mama

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CRAZY MAMA is a 1975 American action /comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
, produced by Julie Corman and stars Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
. It marked Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton
's film debut.


* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Soundtrack * 5 Home media * 6 See also * 7 Notes * 8 External links


In 1958, a Long Beach , California
beauty parlor run by Melba Stokes (Leachman), her mother Sheba ( Ann Sothern
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
Cloris Leachman
as Melba * Stuart Whitman as Jim Bob * Ann Sothern
Ann Sothern
as Sheba * Linda Purl as Cheryl * Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Albertson * Donny Most as Shawn * Tisha Sterling
Tisha Sterling
as Young Sheba * Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland
as Ella Mae * Dick Miller
Dick Miller
as Wilbur Janeway * Harry Northup as FBI Man * The Goodyear Blimp
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
Sleep Walk
" - Performed by Santo & Johnny * "Money (That\'s What I Want) " - Performed by Barrett Strong
Barrett Strong
* "Devoted to You " - Performed by The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers
* " Black Slacks " - Performed by Joe Bennett ">

* ^ A B Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 86-87 * ^ Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 147 * ^ "Roger Corman\'s Cult Classics". shoutfactory.com. Retrieved December 31, 2012.