I first saw BIG BAD MAMA at what we used to call an “inside theater”, but it’s still one of the classic 1970s drive-in movies. Produced by Roger Corman, it’s got Angie Dickinson totin’ a tommy gun and robbing Depression-era banks with her two hot teenage daughters. It’s got William Shatner chewing the scenery as a smooth-talkin’ con man. It’s got great character actors like Noble Willingham, Dick Miller, and Royal Dano. And in true 70s fashion, it’s got a little bit of social conscience and lots of gratuitous nudity, including Ms. Dickinson her ownself, easily outpacing all the younger actresses when it comes to sheer sexiness. It’s directed by Steve Carver, who had a pretty good career making glorified B-movies that turned out considerably better than they had any right to (DRUM, AN EYE FOR AN EYE, LONE WOLF McQUADE). BIG BAD MAMA may not be a great movie, but it sure is a lot of fun.
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