Crazy Mama
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Cloris Leachman stars as Melba, a woman with whom violence is a way of life, in Jonathan Demme's high-pitched "B"-movie Crazy Mama. The film spans three decades in the violent life of Melba, beginning in Jerusalem, Arkansas in 1932, when law enforcers kill her father (Clint Kimbrough), turning her mother Sheba (Ann Sothern) into a bitter widow. Mother and daughter take off to Long Beach, California, and the time jumps to 1958, when the two are thrown out of their beauty salon for non-payment of back rent. Melba now has an attractive (and pregnant) teenage daughter Cheryl (Linda… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pure exhilaration"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The film wonderfully tears down the conventions of '50s womanhood, while providing loads of quirky fun along the way."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Opening nine months after the R-rated 'Big Bad Mama,' the PG 'Crazy Mama' substituted comedy for sex and a 1950s Mad magazine/rock-and-roll vibe for 1930s rusticity."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"... relies more on momentum and personality than narrative but that's just fine for this misfit crime spree road comedy."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
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