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

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042FUHUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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!
Enjoy!!
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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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These disparate genre films have little in common other than that they were early offerings by Jonathan Demme and John Sayles while they toiled for schlockmeister Roger Corman. Demme as director and Sayles as screenwriter demonstrate in these films flashes of the brilliance that would inform their mainstream work. The better of the two works would probably be "Crazy Mama" because it is deliciously frantic and Demme evokes the late Fifties expertly through a terrific soundtrack and lush art design. "Lady in Red" isn't bad but I found it a little too fanciful in relating the tale of Polly Franklin, John Dillinger's squeeze when he was gunned down in front of Chicago's Biograph Theatre. Pamela Sue Martin,
who was graduating from girl-next-door roles (TV's "Nancy Drew"), does commendable work as Franklin but not enough to push this flick into the indispensable category. On a trivial note Cloris Leachman, star of "Crazy Mama", played Franklin in John Milius' 1973 "Dillinger".
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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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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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Here's two more crime chicks movies from the Corman factory(actually Julie Corman produced both films).
First off is Crazy Mama, which has Cloris Leachman as a hairdresser making the trek from California back home to Arkansas(or was it Alabama?) to reclaim the land that was taken from her years before. Along for the ride are her mother, her daughter, a 75 year old refugee from an old folks home, her daughter's surfer boyfriend, a greaser hoodlum, and Leachman's love interest, Stuart Whitman. The journey becomes a cross country crime spree as the gang find ways of robbing and stealing along the way. The film takes place in 1958, but some of the songs on the soundtrack are at odds with that date, not that that's a big deal or anything.
Thee whole thing is played as zany comedy. To be honest, I wasn't all that into it. It wasn't a bad movie, but it was just too much of the women all yelling and throwing fits. Plus the attempts at humor didn't really work for me. I do prefer Corman's Big Bad Mama, which this is more or less a carbon copy of plot wise.
Next is The Lady In Red, and this is definitely the highlight of the disc. This one follows Pamela Sue Martin as she flees home to Chicago in the 1930s, gets crap jobs, gets thrown in prison(with Beulah Balbricker herself!), works the brothel, becomes John Dillinger's girlfriend, and eventually becomes a butt kicking criminal herself. It's a bit more serious in tone, but not afraid to be goofy when it allows. Lots of good actors here. We have Louise Fletcher as the madame, Robert Conrad as Dillinger, Robert Forster as a mobster, and Christopher Lloyd in sadistic mafioso mode.
Very cool movie, very well done.
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