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Ma Barker's Killer Brood / Gang Busters

4 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Tired of being poor, Katherine Barker encourages her kids to steal -- starting with the church collection plate! By the time they're adults, Mama's not only planning the clan's capers, but joining them on jobs: "Shoot him, Herman, shoot him!" Under her homespun tutelage, Ma Barker's Killer Brood rob an armored car, kidnap a bank president, set fire to a quack plastic surgeon, and even throw a party with Baby Face Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, and "Johnny" Dillinger as guests. Though it plays havoc with the facts, Ma Barker's Killer Brood is how things should have been; after seeing this hilariously over-the-top B movie bio-pic, it's impossible to think of Ma Barker as anyone other than character actress Lurene Tuttle (Psycho) who's baking cherry pies one minute, then mowing down Feds with a machine gun the next! As a G-man puts it: "If you didn't know the old witch, you'd swear she was somebody's sweet old grandmother!" Crime films just don't come crazier than this! Plus, after twice disguising himself as a one-armed man -- and getting arrested both times! -- "Master Criminal" John Omar escapes from prison only to be buried alive in Gang Busters, an oddball "true" anti-crime epic which chooses for its subject not Public Enemy No. 1, or Public Enemy No. 2, or even Public Enemy No. 3, but Public Enemy Number Four! And remember, kids: "Some punks never learn!"

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001UZWMK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

PLOT: MA Barker....the brains of this GANG has grey hair. and Gangbusters: escape is what he does best.

MA BARKER: cheaply made with bad acting this still keeps us glued to the end. Lurene Tuttle uses her boys to "get ahead" by stealing...she plots the crime and the boys do the deed. NO actors we have heard of except....Don Grady....(My Three Sons) as one of the boys in childhood. MA is so good at "planning" the crimes even Pretty Boy Floyd wants to join her gang. Cheap tacky sets but worth the watch once.
GANGBUSTERS: far the better of the two movies worth buying for this movie alone. PUBLIC enemy #4...yeah #4....LOL is an escape artist who makes clean get away out of the big house several times. John Omar....even has extra guards watching him and he still gets out...the fun is the escapes and the cons who aid his plans. this is definitely a "C" movie but fun from beginning to end from the bad acting to the cops who are far less smart than Omar....look out for his ONE armed get up he uses as a ruse to hide a gun under his coat. I give them both 4 stars ....
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Great old gangster action and a very good look at some vintage tv shows, Ma Barker is truly an amazing gangster story !
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By frank h. on November 10, 2014
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A watered down version of what really happened. Something to add to the DVD collection.
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