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Gloria (1980)

Director: John Cassavetes     Starring: Gena Rowlands
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40215587
UPC: 043396085695
UPC 14: 00043396085695
Rating: Game Rating Code
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She's an ex-gun moll and showgirl suddenly forced to protect a kid whose parents have been rubbed out by the mob. But now the mob wants the kid dead too -- but first they'll have to deal with Gloria (Gena Rowlands in an Oscar-nominated performance, Best Actress 1980.) Director John Cassavetes, known for his unique approach to filmmaking, creates a powerful, tension-filled story. An accountant (Buck Henry) is in possession of a ledger which could put a number of mob bosses behind bars for a long time. Before he is killed, however, he manages to entrust the ledger and his son to a neighbor, Gloria, for protection. Gloria reluctantly takes the kid on the run while keeping the mob at bay, sometimes at the point of a gun. Finally, tired of running, she decides to confront them head-on!

"Gloria is tough, sweet and goofy.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Unique and suspenseful and thoroughly satisfying. Gloria is glorious.  Rex Reed, Vogue
"A fine action film with a thrilling heroine.  David Denby, New York Magazine

Editor's Note
Writer-director John Cassavetes presents one of his most touching motion pictures with this story of the unlikely bond between a cynical New Yorker and a young boy. Gloria (Gena Rowlands), the quintessential "tough-talkin' dame"--complete with time in prison and ties to the mob--has put those days behind her, now living a quiet, solitary life. That changes when the Mafia marks her neighbors for death and Gloria is asked to care for their young son, Phil (John Adames). She reluctantly agrees, but because the boy knows incriminating information, they must immediately go into hiding, which takes them on a journey through New York City and ends up sparking a mother-son bond that neither could have ever expected. Cassavetes creates an empowering female role with Gloria, and Rowlands (his real-life wife) runs with it, making her transformation from bitter ex-criminal to overprotective, yet still tough, mother figure seem honest and believable. It is this budding maternal relationship that gives the film a sweetness even amid the gun smoke.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/23/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 121 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1980
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 08569
Video UPC UPC: 00043396085695
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Buck Henry
Video Cast Info Gena Rowlands
Video Cast Info John Adams
Video Cast Info Julie Carmen
Video Cast Info John Cassavetes - Director
Video Cast Info Bill Conti - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Sam Shaw - Producer
Video Cast Info John Cassavetes - Screenplay
Plot Summary
John Cassavetes's GLORIA is an affecting story about a bitter woman who learns to embrace her maternal instincts. When her neighbors convince her to take in their 8-year-old son, tragedy strikes and and she is left behind to protect him. Her criminal past emerges when it becomes known that she once worked for the Mafia men from whom she must now flee. Rowlands (Cassavetes's wife and regular in his films) delivers an unforgettable performance as the trigger-happy cynic who learns to let love into her heart.


Oscar (1981)
   Video Award Name Gena Rowlands, Nominee, Best Actress

Golden Globe (1981)
   Video Award Name Gena Rowlands, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama

Venice Film Festival (1980)
Video Award Name John Cassavetes, Winner, Golden Lion Award

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Rowlands has a lot of talent and realizes it with gusto in GLORIA..." 10/01/1980 p.C19

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
...Precisely because the material of this movie is so familiar, almost everything depends on the performances. And that's where Cassavetes saves the material and redeems the corniness of his story. Rowlands propels the action with such appealing nervous energy that we don't have the heart to stop and think how silly everything is... Gloria is tough, sweet and goofy. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Rowlands,Gena
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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