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Sexually abused as a young girl, Kate "Ma" Barker grows into a violently powerful woman by the 1930s. She lovingly dominates her grown sons, and grooms them into a pack of tough crooks. The boys include the cruel Herman, who still shares a bed with Ma; Fred, an ex-con who fell in love with a fellow prisoner; and Lloyd, who gets high on whatever's handy. Together they form a deadly, bizarre family...

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Directed by

Roger Corman

Written by

Robert Thom (Screenplay)
Don Peters (Story)

Runtime

90 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

You gotta' believe... You gotta' have faith... But first, you gotta' get rid of the witnesses!

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Keywords

murder bank robbery incest prison gangster dysfunctional family rape suicide based on a true story shooting sexual abuse machine gun mother son relationship

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