Big Bad Mama (1974)
“In business, you’ve gotta think big or think fast.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
He notes that “in between the frequent sex scenes… there is much gunplay and many car chases,” not to mention “too much rude language and fake feminism” — and he points out that while this New World Productions flick was made as a “throwback to… Corman-directed fifties gangster films” such as The Bonnie Parker Story and Machine Gun Kelly,” “those pictures had an innocent quality” while this film is simply “embarrassingly vulgar.”
I’m essentially in agreement with Peary’s assessment — though I don’t take quite as much offense at it. As critic Richard Harlan Smith writes in his review for TCM, “the film’s capital asset is its sense of the absurd”: it’s “only superficially a gangster tale” given that it also maintains “one foot in the exploitation subgenres of Southern farce and rural revenge”. Fans of such films will want to give it a look, but others can feel free to skip it. Watch for Dick Miller (naturally!) in a bit role.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
One thought on “Big Bad Mama (1974)”
First viewing (11/27/20). Not must-see.
Yet another Depression-era, on-the-lam-from-the-law flick. Standard stuff; as such, it’s not all that engaging. As BBM herself, Dickinson has about two emotions but she does agree to a couple of brief nude scenes (others in the cast are not shy in that area). Still, she’s surprisingly lackluster.
As a police officer following Dickinson, (always-good-to-see) Dick Miller’s continuity makes no sense. Things plod along, with a fair amount of gun violence.