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Cloris Leachman stars as Melba, a woman with whom violence is a way of life, in Jonathan Demme's high-pitched "B"-movie Crazy Mama. The film spans three decades in the violent life of Melba, beginning in Jerusalem, Arkansas in 1932, when law enforcers kill her father (Clint Kimbrough), turning her mother Sheba (Ann Sothern) into a bitter widow. Mother and daughter take off to Long Beach, California, and the time jumps to 1958, when the two are thrown out of their beauty salon for non-payment of back rent. Melba now has an attractive (and pregnant) teenage daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl). The three generations take to the road, stealing cars and creating general mayhem across the United States, robbing a motorcycle racetrack box office and a bank. But in 1959, Melba and Cheryl are picked up again, running a Miami Beach snack bar, their lives wasted in free-living terror. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Cloris Leachman
as Melba
Stuart Whitman
as Jim Bob
Ann Sothern
as Sheba
Tisha Sterling
as Sheba-1932
Jim Backus
as Mr. Albertson
Don Most
as Shawn
Linda Purl
as Cheryl
Merie Earle
as Bertha
Sally Kirkland
as Ella Mae
Clint Kimbrough
as Daniel
Vince Barnett
as Homer
Barbara Walters
as Lady Teller
Bryan Englund
as Snake
Robert Reece
as Mover
Bill McLean
as Bank Manager
Hal Marshall
as Bartender
Dinah Englund
as Melba, 1932
Carmen Argenziano
as Supermarket Manager
Mickey Fox
as Mrs. Morgan
Bill Paxton
as John
Harry Northrup
as FBI Man
Ralph James
as Sheriff, 1932
John Aprea
as Marvin
Dick Miller
as Wilbur Janeway


Jonathan Demme
Roger Corman
Julie Corman
Frances Doel
Screen Story
Robert Thom
Bruce Logan
Marshall Leib
Musical Direction/Supervision
Allan Holzman
Lewis Teague
Barbara Pokras
Peter Jamison
Art Director
Linda Spheeris
Set Designer
Jac McAnelly
Costume Designer
Evelyn Purcell
Second Unit Director