|Directed by||Jonathan Demme|
|Screenplay by||Robert Thom|
|Story by||Frances Doel|
|Produced by||Julie Corman|
|Edited by||Allan Holzman|
|Music by||Snotty Scotty and The Hankies|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|Box office||$2.3 million (United States and Canada rental)|
In 1958 Long Beach, California, Melba Stokes is a parlour owner, living with her mother Sheba and daughter Cheryl. 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. They rob a gas station first, then head for Las Vegas. In pursuit of pregnant Cheryl is her boyfriend, Shawn, while Melba gets reacquainted with an old lover, Jim Bob. Further battles with the law along the way eventually lead to a shootout in which Jim Bob and others are killed. Melba is left alone, on the lam, but begins life again in a new town with a new look.
The original director was Shirley Clarke but she was fired ten days prior to filming and Demme (who had been preparing Fighting Mad for Corman) took over. Among the changes Demme made was to the ending, which was originally to have all the leading characters die. Producer Julie Corman gave birth to her first child during production.