Archive of films Gloria / Gloria

USA
1980, 123 min

Section: Tribute to John Cassavetes
Year: 2004

Armed with only her wits and a purse-sized pistol, ex-con Mafioso mistress Gloria, a tough New Yorker, goes on the run when gangsters realize she is protecting six-year-old Phil, a mouthy tyke whose entire family was eliminated in a mob hit. This adult fairy tale, made for Columbia Studios, marks a significant departure from Cassavetes’ independent work. 


Synopsis

Made for Columbia Studios, this adult fairy tale marks a significant departure from Cassavetes’ independent work. His second venture into the crime genre (after The Killing of a Chinese Bookie), it offers a valentine to his actress wife Gena Rowlands and to the city of New York. As tough yet tender Gloria, an ex-con Mafioso mistress, Rowlands has the role of a lifetime, one that earned her a second Best Actress Oscar nomination.  Armed with only her wits and a purse-sized pistol, Gloria goes on the run when gangsters realize she is protecting six-year-old Phil, a mouthy tyke whose entire family was eliminated in a mob hit.  Phil’s father, a double-dealing accountant, left him a book recording various illicit transactions and the crime syndicate wants it badly. Gloria doesn’t like kids. She prefers to baby her pet cat and take pride in her apartment, but Phil’s mother was her friend and she feels a responsibility.  As Gloria sacrifices the comforts of her straight life (and perhaps makes the ultimate sacrifice), Cassavetes creates an atmosphere suffused with an autumnal feeling of death. He maintains a palpable tension throughout and allows the ending to be understood as ambiguous.

About the director

see Tribute to John Cassavetes 

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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to John Cassavetes
   
Director: John Cassavetes
Screenplay: John Cassavetes
Dir. of Photography: Fred Schuler
Music: Bill Conti
Editor: George C. Villasenor
Producer: Sam Shaw
Production: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Gena Rowlands, Julie Carmen, John Adames, Buck Henry
Contact: Sony Pictures Releasing International
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