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Bloody Mama (Amazon.com Exclusive) [VHS] (1970)

Shelley Winters , Don Stroud , Roger Corman  |  R |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle, Diane Varsi, Bruce Dern
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Writers: Don Peters, Robert Thom
  • Producers: Roger Corman, James H. Nicholson, Norman T. Herman, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM/UA Video
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059ZVX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Kate "Ma" Barker (Shelley Winters) robs a bank with her four beloved sons, she's got a great opening line: "We're gonna play Simon Says, and this," she says, pointing to her Tommy gun, "is Simon." You gotta love the ol' broad's moxie, and you gotta love this Roger Corman classic for serving it up so shamelessly. Capitalizing on the impact of Bonnie and Clyde while adding the more perversely exploitative elements of Corman's drive-in fare, this Depression-era shoot-'em-up is prime viewing for its early appearance by Robert De Niro (making his fifth film) and Corman stalwarts like Don Stroud, but it's Winters's over-the-top portrayal of Ma Barker (very loosely based on fact) that gives the movie its rather unseemly edge. Alternately sharing her bed with each of her sons (as if they were teddy bears made for her incestuous pleasure), and twisting morality to suit the needs of her homicidal brood, this gun-toting matriarch is a deviously amusing detour on Winters's weight-gaining road to The Poseidon Adventure.

The movie gains character from its rural Arkansas locations, but the redneck flavor is entirely theatrical, and while De Niro learns to shine for the camera, his performance as glue-sniffing, dope-shooting Lloyd Barker shows hints of future stardom. Corman gets good work from the entire cast, in fact, even if his formula calls for sex, violence, or vice every 10 minutes. And while it would be a mistake to elevate Bloody Mama above its trashy aspirations, it certainly earns its place among such '70s gangster fodder as Big Bad Mama and Boxcar Bertha. Made at a time when movies were enjoying their liberation from the confines of good taste, Bloody Mama is an enjoyable wallow in bad taste. --Jeff Shannon

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Ma Barker and her four sons leave the poverty of the Ozarks for a life of sadism, incest, murder, kidnapping and violence, until they are hunted down by the FBI.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Available at last on DVD but difficult to find January 30, 2005
During the 1960s, American International primarily introduced low-budgeted movies geared usually for drive-ins. By some mistake, "Wild in the Streets" turned out to be both a hit and a perennial cult favorite. Deservedly so. It is probably one of the most subversive satires ever produced for the American screen. In September of 2004, it was finally released as part of a double-sided MGM Midnight Movies selection on DVD. (The flip side is one of Roger Corman's worst movies, GAS-S-S-S-S, a sophomoric comedy doubtless inspired by "Wild in the Street"'s success. Skip it.)

What is particularly strange is that "Wild in the Streets" appears to have been unreleased as soon as it was released. If you check MGM's website, you will not find it listed in MGM's inventory. Nor will you find it listed as available on Amazon or most places. In fact, the only retail place online you can find it is at BestBuy. However, it does not appear to be available at most of BestBuy's actual stores. Did the idea of a fascistic dictatorship taking over America somehow offend the current Administration or offend executives at MGM? Just a question since I'm not privy to why it's being censored.

At any rate, I would suggest that the movie's admirers buy the DVD when or where they can, since they might not have a second chance. The movie itself was released in 1968 while the Vietnam War raged on -- and on and on and on. This is important to understanding the film in its historical context. "Wild in the Streets" has several premises. The first is that the old fogies in Washington are destroying the country. Although Vietnam is not mentioned (read Iraq, if you want to bring the premise up to date), the draft certainly is on the moviemakers's minds.
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63 of 76 people found the following review helpful
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Ever conscious of cashing in on whatever trend might have been fashionable at the time, American International Pictures (AIP) focused their sights on the ever-growing youth movement of the mid to late 60s with this frightening (if you were over 60) tale of youthful revolution in Wild in the Streets (1968). Directed by Barry Shear, whose primary credits include TV shows like "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Ironside", and "Hawaii Five-O", to name a few, the film stars Christopher Jones (The Looking Glass War), an actor once thought by many to be perhaps the next James Dean or Marlon Brando, but whose fortunes and star potential faded due to, what some speculate, the strain of having to live up to the expectations beyond his grasp...oh yeah, that and the all the drugs, as highlighted in `Christopher Jones: The E! True Hollywood Story'...also appearing is Oscar winner Shelley Winters (The Diary of Anne Frank, The Night of the Hunter, Lolita), Diane Varsi (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), Hal Holbrook (Creepshow), Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank), Ed Begley (12 Angry Men), Bert Freed (Nevada Smith), and Richard Pryor (Silver Streak, Stir Crazy).

As the story begins, we witness an intelligent and precocious boy named Max Flatow (played by Barry Williams, better know as the character Greg Brady, from The Brady Bunch), Jr. grow into a disillusioned young adult who decides to leave home, severing his family ties, and make it own his own (given his mother, played by Winters, I didn't blame him). By the age of 22 we learn he's not only changed his name to Max Frost, but that he's also become a famous recording star, and with the help of his entourage (none over the age of 25), become the head of a multi-million dollar empire.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cult classic par excellence February 6, 2001
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leonard maltin needs a thicker pair of glasses to realize the cult classic we have on our hands here. no, it's not gone with the wind. nor is it apocalypse now. but in terms of capturing that cool attitude of the pre-hippie 60's, mixing fantastic garage rock/surf rock, and a crazy premise (rock star takes over the country by enlisting his fanbase - the youth of america), with an abundance of narcotics thrown in for good measure...you can't beat this one of a kind film. this is one of those movies that few people know about. those that know it though will concur that it's one of the coolest films of the late 60's, albeit somewhat kitsch. just wish i could find the soundtrack. another plus is that it's richard pryor's first movie ever, yet only in a cameo role. tarantino loved this film so much that he tried to track down christopher jones (who had apparently gone awol since the film's release) to play one of the leads in an as-yet-to-be-made pulp fiction. he managed to find him, but jones turned him down. travolta later was asked and he accepted the role that would jumpstart his career again. to put things in perspective, in '68, jones was billed as the next james dean. he unfortunately disappeared from hollywood never to make another film. he was one cool cat that couldn't dig the system...you dig?
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Ever conscious of cashing in on whatever trend might have been fashionable at the time, American International Pictures (AIP) focused their sights on the ever-growing youth movement of the mid to late 60s with this frightening (if you were over 60) tale of youthful revolution in Wild in the Streets (1968). Directed by Barry Shear, whose primary credits include TV shows like "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Ironside", and "Hawaii Five-O", to name a few, the film stars Christopher Jones (The Looking Glass War), an actor once thought by many to be perhaps the next James Dean or Marlon Brando, but whose fortunes and star potential faded due to, what some speculate, the strain of having to live up to the expectations beyond his grasp...oh yeah, that and the all the drugs, as highlighted in `Christopher Jones: The E! True Hollywood Story'...also appearing is Oscar winner Shelley Winters (The Diary of Anne Frank, The Night of the Hunter, Lolita), Diane Varsi (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), Hal Holbrook (Creepshow), Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank), Ed Begley (12 Angry Men), Bert Freed (Nevada Smith), and Richard Pryor (Silver Streak, Stir Crazy).

As the story begins, we witness an intelligent and precocious boy named Max Flatow (played by Barry Williams, better know as the character Greg Brady, from The Brady Bunch), Jr. grow into a disillusioned young adult who decides to leave home, severing his family ties, and make it own his own (given his mother, played by Winters, I didn't blame him). By the age of 22 we learn he's not only changed his name to Max Frost, but that he's also become a famous recording star, and with the help of his entourage (none over the age of 25), become the head of a multi-million dollar empire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Typical 70's Movies
Published 2 days ago by Tyrone E Gross
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fine
Published 10 days ago by me
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
these dvds are only good if you high on lsd and those days are long gone lol only good movie in this lot is bloody mama with shelly winters
Published 17 days ago by george b.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exlent services... delivery was fast.. thank you.
Great Place to By Movies... very good chouse of CD's and DVD's and lot to chouse from;and makes good gits.
Published 17 days ago by Terry Jardine
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic grindhouse flick......
The number of top-talent names in this flick alone makes it worth a look....You wonder how desperate Shelley Winters was for a big screen role!!..... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony Rome
5.0 out of 5 stars Found Memeroies of Wild in the Streets movie
I first seen this movie when I was 10 years old. Made a big impression on me. It is the only movie I bought the soundtrack album and new every word to every song.
Published 2 months ago by Randy Turlington
1.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Mess
Despite its cult following, "Bloody Mama" (1970) remains one of producer-director Roger Corman's worst movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
3.0 out of 5 stars wrong revue
Look at the revue of the sound tract for revue of movie I had no heard of Gasssss until this DVD as much to do as Rocky Horrer Picture show
Published 2 months ago by ronald jeffries
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for Wild in the Streets!!!!!
I remember sitting in the movie theater watching this movie with fear and horror! What a great cult movie!!!!! Music was great and I loved Larry Bishop and Kevin Coughlin. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tina F. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love Bloody Mama?
I had been holding out for an individual copy of "Bloody Mama" because it is one of my favorites but since I have been looking so long and this is the only way I have been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elton W. Spaulding
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