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Gloria
     

Gloria

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Director: John Cassavetes,

Cast: Gena Rowlands, John Adames, Buck Henry

 

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Gloria (Gena Rowlands), a self-involved woman in her forties who was once a mobster's mistress, is asked to look after Philip (Juan Adames), the son of her Mafia-connected Puerto Rican neighbors. This temporary set-up becomes permanent when the neighbors are killed in a mob hit. Philip has in his possession a diary containing a record of illegal Mafia activities; thus

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Gloria (Gena Rowlands), a self-involved woman in her forties who was once a mobster's mistress, is asked to look after Philip (Juan Adames), the son of her Mafia-connected Puerto Rican neighbors. This temporary set-up becomes permanent when the neighbors are killed in a mob hit. Philip has in his possession a diary containing a record of illegal Mafia activities; thus the boy is as good as dead unless Gloria takes decisive action. With Philip in tow, Gloria leads the hit men on a frantic chase around Manhattan, and during the various gunfire exchanges, more than holds her own. Offering to exchange the diary for the boy's life, Gloria is rebuffed by the vendetta-driven assassins. Where once she was content squirreling herself away in her lonely apartment, Gloria now must face a lifetime on the run. Directed on a more commercial level than was customary for John Cassavetes (with a subversive streak of self-parody in the bargain), Gloria served as an excellent showcase for Cassavetes' wife Gena Rowlands. The film won the Golden Lion Award at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival.

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Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
No less emotionally charged than his indie breakthroughs Shadows and Faces, Gloria (1980) sees maverick director John Cassavetes shaking down and melding two well-established genres -- urban shoot-'em-ups and mismatched couples. The director's wife, Gena Rowlands, gives a white-knuckle turn as Gloria Swenson (a sly Sunset Boulevard nod), whose dilapidated glamour and sheer toughness are apparent from one of her first lines, "I don't like kids. I hate kids, especially yours." Naturally, when the neighbors are slain by the Mob, she takes unwilling custody of their Keane-eyed kid, Phil (John Adames). Trouble is, Swenson is an ex-chorus girl with a history of shady dealings, and the Mob is right on their tail. Although chock-full of narrow escapes and gut-wrenching twists of fate, the film's focus remains stubbornly on the gnarls of the mother-son relationship and on Rowlands's dazzlingly real characterization, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Few women in the movies come as tough as Rowlands's Gloria. And there are few moments in film as exhilarating as when Gloria remembers how to use a six-shooter, complete with a cigarette dangling from her lip.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2015
UPC:
0043396465923
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:
31,580

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gena Rowlands Gloria Swenson
John Adames Phil Dawn
Buck Henry Jack Dawn
Julie Carmen Jeri Dawn
Lupe Garnica Margarita Vargas
Val Avery Sill
Carlos Castro Third Kid
Israel Castro Second Kid
Gregory Cleghorne Kid in Elevator
Ralph Dolman First Kid
John Finnegan Frank
Kyle-Scott Jackson First Policeman
Tony Kneisch First Man/Gangster
Vic Ramos Actor
Roman Rodriguez Escape Cab Driver
Filomena Spagnuolo Old Lady
Jessica Castillo Joan Dawn
Basilio Franchina Tony Tanzini
Gary Klar Irish cop
Ronald Maccone 3rd man/Gangster
Tom Noonan 2nd Man/Gangster

Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Bill Conti Score Composer
Rene D'Auriac Production Designer
Peggy Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen F. Kesten Associate Producer
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Jack McSweeney Editor
Fred Schuler Cinematographer
Sam Shaw Producer
George C. Villasenor Editor

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