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BIG BAD MAMA (1974) **

Bonnie and Clyde was such a critical and financial success in 1967 that many low budget imitators followed.  One such flick was producer Roger Corman’s Big Bad Mama.  The only reason it really exists though is because Angie Dickinson goes full frontal in it.  Other than that, it’s kinda dull.


Angie and her two daughters (Robbie Lee and Susan Sennett) try to make ends meet during The Prohibition by doing a little bootlegging.  After several run-ins with the law, they head out to California to make a new life for themselves.  They then take to robbing banks with Tom Skerritt and William Shatner and eventually resort to kidnapping in order to secure a million dollar ransom.


Now I have a confession to make.  I’ve never seen this movie before but I did watch Big Bad Mama 2 a bunch of times on Skinamax as a teenager.  I don’t know, I remember that one being a lot more fun.  (Of course that could’ve just been the hormones talking.)  At least Part 2 was entertaining in between the gratuitous nude scenes.  Big Bad Mama Numero Uno on the other hand is mostly a joyless affair.  Not even Captain Fucking Kirk could bring a little life to the party.


Although Angie looks hot and gets plenty naked, her performance is pretty grating.  The same goes for her daughters.  Robbie Lee, who was so memorable in Switchblade Sisters, is muted here as the one daughter and Susan Sennett (Candy from The Candy Snatchers) doesn’t fare much better as the other daughter.  They both get naked though so I guess it’s not all bad.  Overall, Big Bad Mama isn’t very good but it’s worth a look if you want to see T.J. Hooker bone Police Woman.


Shatner, Skerritt, and co-star Joan Prather were also in The Devil’s Rain the following year.

Tags: b, drama, roger corman
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