Crazy Mama is a 1975 American action/comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme and produced by Julie Corman. The film stars Cloris Leachman. Dennis Quaid and Bill Paxton are also seen briefly in two of their earliest roles. In 1958, a Long Beach, California beauty parlor run by Melba Stokes (Leachman), her mother Sheba (Ann Sothern) and daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl), is repossessed. They flee when landlord Mr. Albertson comes to demand the back rent. On the road, heading back to Arkansas to reclaim the family farm, the Stokes women begin a crime spree.