|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!|
"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 NoteWriter-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.
Cast & Crew
|John Cassavetes - Director|
|Bill Conti - Musical Score|
|Sam Shaw - Producer|
|John Cassavetes - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryJohn 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.
|Gena Rowlands, Nominee, Best Actress|
Golden Globe (1981)
|Gena Rowlands, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama|
Venice Film Festival (1980)
|John Cassavetes, Winner, Golden Lion Award|