Bloody Mama

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Bloody Mama (1970, USA) is a Hixploitation-Crime film directed by Roger Corman.

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Main Details

  • Released in 1970 | Color
  • Running Time: 90 Min.
  • Production Co: American International Pictures (AIP)
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (AIP) (1970) (USA) (theatrical) | Astral Films (Canada) | Cinémas Associés (1970) (France) (theatrical) | LIF (1970) (Italy) (theatrical) | MGM-EMI (1971) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Roger Corman
  • Written by Don Peters, Robert Thom
  • Starring Shelley Winters, Pat Hingle, Don Stroud, Diane Varsi, Bruce Dern, Clint Kimbrough, Robert De Niro
  • Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Roger Corman, Norman T. Herman, James H. Nicholson
  • Original Music by Don Randi
  • Cinematography by John A. Alonzo
  • Film Editing by Eve Newman


  • Say it with bullets! | You gotta' believe... You gotta' have faith... But first, you gotta' get rid of the witnesses! | The family that stays together slays together!


Bloody Mama is very loosely based on the real story of Ma Barker, who is depicted as a corrupt mother who encourages and organizes her children's criminality; in reality, Ma Barker's involvement in criminality was fairly limited. The film features an early appearance by a young Robert De Niro as Lloyd Barker. In 2008, Bloody Mama was nominated for AFI's Top 10 Gangster Films list. Corman says the film is one of his favourites. (Wikipedia)

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