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Lady In Red / Crazy Mama (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (1980)

Cloris Leachman , Pamela Sue Martin , Jonathan Demme  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cloris Leachman, Pamela Sue Martin, Robert Conrad, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042FUHUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lady In Red / Crazy Mama (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)" on IMDb

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Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman stars in Crazy Mama as Melba Stokes, a middle-aged woman who runs a California beauty parlor with her mother Sheba (Ann Sothern) and teenage daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl). When the shop is repossessed, the three ladies take a road trip from California to the family home in Arkansas that turns into a crime spree. Also starring Donny Most ( Happy Days), Jim Backus and Stuart Whitman. Directed by Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme ( The Silence Of The Lambs).

Pamela Sue Martin stars in The Lady In Red as the infamous Lady in Red Polly Franklin, whose red dress serves as an identifying beacon for the FBIs murder of public enemy #1, John Dillinger (Robert Conrad). From sweatshop to dime-a-dance hall, from prison to house of prostitution, Pollys journey brings her even closer to the gang-run crime world of the 30s: until that fateful day she meets and falls in love with John Dillinger. Also starring Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher ( One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) and Christopher Lloyd ( Back To The Future)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, not so bad DVD. April 4, 2007
okay, so the print was not perfect but from the other comments i was expecting it to be horrible. it was not that bad. people cannot expect all dvd releases of older cult titles to be given the VIP treatment since i'm sure there is not an enormous ammount of money to be made by the releaser. i'm just glad to have it on DVD. Ann Sothern and Cloris Leachman are a hoot, Don Most, pre-Happy Days, is great, and Linda Purl is drop dead gorgeous. This is a great buy if you like Bloody Mama and Big Bad Mama, the other two movies in the out of control outlaw women triumverate. Which reminds me, why the hell isn't Bloody Mama on DVD?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Just glad to see these Roger Corman classics getting the respect they deserve. CRAZY MAMA is one of the 'better' Corman films (thanks to good casting) that came out in the 70s and has never seen a good transfer to video. The movie itself is pretty good for Corman standards. Reminds me a lot of his GRAND THEFT AUTO and EAT MY DUST films, full of action without being R-rated violent and no nudity. Hard to believe Corman would release a film this tame in the 70s, most of his movies are exploitation flicks made for drive-ins. But finally Shout released this classic in anamorphic widescreen with commentary also! It is bare of really any other special features except the second feature THE LADY IN RED which is rated R (with nudity and violence)and anamorphic widescreen also. I am so glad that these old movies from the 70s are getting released from a good company that is doing justice to them. Even Corman's old Concorde label was putting his films out full frame and no special features. Just keep 'em coming Shout! Heard that GRAND THEFT AUTO/EAT MY DUST are getting released soon...can't wait! These movies are great buys if you can get 'em cheap enough.
So go back to yesteryear when they made cheap movies good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie May 12, 2005
I just saw "Crazy Mama" yesterday on a theatre (actually, not a commercial theatre but the Lisbon Cinemateca).

The movie is a lot of fun, a good "road movie", and clearly Demme has talent and avoids many of the technical or stylistic "pitfalls" that are unfortunately common on 70's cinema (hand-held camera, zoom, etc).

Tha actors are well directed and the humour is kept on a restrained level, without over-the-top performances or situations that would be easy to do in a movie of this type.

What intrigues me is the format issue. The DVD is not widescreen, and a viewer said it was "pan-and-scan". But the fact is the copy I saw yesterday was not widescreen either, and visually it didn't look "pan-adn-scan"! And on IMDB, there is no mention to the picture's original format, but the DVD is referred to as "pan-and-scan".

Will anyone help me on this?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Directors Cut of "CRAZY MAMA" April 21, 2004
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A joyous, unrelentless, kitchy celebration of 1950's Americana, Rock n Roll and the road.
This "Directors Cut" of Crazy Mama is a lot of fun because it also includes a feature length audio commentary by its director Jonathan Demme and the produscer Roger Corman.
Follow 3 generations of womwn and the men they pick up. It's general mayhem as their crime spree races from California to Arkansas.
CLASSIC 50's HITS SOUND TRACK - Set in 1950's rural America, with a great Rock n Roll sound track, it's a hillarious romp starring Cloris Leachman and Ann Sothern as the Crazy Mamas of the title.....who form a gang of regular, ordinary people who rob gas stations, super markets and eventually banks....the eldest member being an 82 year old grannie.
This movie is a lot of fun!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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3.0 out of 5 stars arkansas or bust... June 21, 2014
Produced by Julie Corman, and directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), the low budget action/comedy Crazy Mama (1975) features a group of misfits travelling across the country in the late 1950's, engaging in a crime spree.

Cloris Leachman, an Academy award winner for The Last Picture Show, plays Melba Stokes, who along with her mother Sheba (Ann Sothern, the Maise films), are the leaders of a clan, who have decided to leave California, and return to their family home in Arkansas. Also along is Melba's pregnant daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl, Matlock), and her surfer boyfriend Shawn (Donny Most, Happy Days). While in Las Vegas, Melba gets hitched to Jim Bob (Stuart Whitman, Sands of the Kalahari), and Cheryl picks up motorcycle riding drifter Snake (Leachman's son, Bryan Englund). The trip back to Arkansas becomes an increasingly eventful adventure, as the group's criminal activities, draws the attention of law enforcement, culminating in a most violent crashing of a wedding.

Something of a road comedy with rural trash elements, Crazy Mama doesn't aim very high, as Melba turns to crime, in an attempt to find a better life for her family. After a while, the yahoo behavior and overdone southern drawls can become a bit much, as these are not the most likeable bunch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Nancy Drew........
The Lady in Red is one of Roger Corman's best movies, and is also one of Pamela Sue Martin's best performances, in my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by steamduck43
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movie
Don't know anything about crazy mama but I loved the lady in red from when I was a kid. I had no idea it was loosely the tell of what happened to John Dillinger. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DACK
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Added It To The Collection !
Cannot say enough about the movies in this set, I love the quality and the price was good too well worth what I paid for it !
Published 12 months ago by Roy Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
Great funny movie. If you want many laughs watch this movie. I'm from the back then generation and to see the older actors was a hoot.
Published 15 months ago by I. Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars No Clue
This couldn't have been too good because I can't remember even watching it. If I don't like something I turn it off right away.
Published 16 months ago by Sue S.
2.0 out of 5 stars dumb campy
but Cloris is gorgeous and hot! really. Not my cup of tee. Too bad, I wanted to like this movie but I gave up after 30 minutes or so of silliness.
Published 17 months ago by Bob Teatow
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I could never really get involved with this movie..I really tried..I usually never give up on a movie or book.
Published 18 months ago by S. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a funny movie. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend to anyone who likes comedy. Of course Cloris Leachman is one of my favorites!!
Published 18 months ago by ladybug75
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
It's early Demme, when he used lots of characters running around and back a forth, like in 'Citizens Band" to mention one.
Published 18 months ago by Warren Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Roger Corman Fan
This B-Movie director is the best of the best. There is nothing more fun than sitting down to watch a Corman flick. A Drive-In in your home.
Published 20 months ago by David W. Barsness
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