Big Bad Mama is a 1974 low-budget exploitation movie starring Angie Dickinson, William Shatner and Tom Skerrit. It was produced by Roger Corman (who directed William Shatner in 1962's The Intruder) and is set in Depression-era America, telling the story of a mother and her two nubile daughters who reject a conventional life and instead hit the road, embarking on a huge and very brazen robbery spree.
Along the way, they pick up a bank robber (played by Skerrit) and the gambler William J. Baxter (played by Shatner).
Skerrit proceeds to bed all three of the girls.
While Bill Shatner only gets one - Wilma, played by Angie Dickinson. His description of filming his famous (or infamous) nude scene can be read in Up Till Now.
Though Bill Shatner's character certainly wishes for more...
The exploits of the gang of five become more and more audacious.
Ending with a bungled kidnapping and extortion attempt.
As with Bonnie and Clyde (with a slight twist of Easy Rider) it all ends with...
What to make of a movie like this? The tone is that of a Benny Hill-esque parody all set to contemporary-era music.
Rottentomatoes.com is almost split 50-50 in terms of positive-negative reviews as are other review sites. The movie is perhaps best described as a silly romp, not to be taken seriously. Some may like it, others may think it an ultimately unrewarding experience.
Bill Shatner only appears in the second-half of the movie, and affects an interesting southern accent.
Now, to the hair...
Bill Shatner's hair here is very much of the 1973-74 curious piece variety, as seen in movies such as Impulse and Pray for the Wildcats.
It is probably the least flattering toupee-era of the actor's entire career (or was it the "T.J."?). Perhaps thankfully, the actor spends much of the movie in a hat, and generally resembles his mobster-persona in the Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action".
Toupological moments center around various ruffling of the hair induced by Newtonian principles.
There are quite a large number of these in the movie.
Here's a clip with a couple more ruffle moments:
There are more of these during the character's death at the end.
Big Bad Mama is available on DVD - neither great, nor awful - somewhere inbetween.