Gloria (Sous-titres français) [Import]
She's an ex-gun moll and showgirl suddenly forced to protect a kid whose parents have been rubbed out by the mob. Now the mob wants the kid dead too - but first they'll have to deal with Gloria (GenaRowlands in an Oscar(r)-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!
Even a genre film looks different in the hands of writer-director John Cassavetes. In this one, he casts a wonderfully hard-boiled Gena Rowlands as the title character: a former Mob moll who picked up a few tricks along the way. She becomes the unexpected guardian of a young boy (John Adames) who has just seen his parents wiped out. Worse, the Mob is after him as well, seeking a book he has--and the overdue fine is a killer. Though Cassavetes lets his actors have a little too much rein, it pays off in the complex--and surprisingly funny--performance by Rowlands as an unlikely nanny who discovers that, though she is an unwilling bodyguard, she actually learns to care for the tough little guy she's trying to keep out of harm's way. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Gloria" is directed by Gena's late husband, the also very talented John Cassavetes. The story is simple but touching: one boy, Phill, has his family murdered by gangsters. Gloria, who is a neighbour has taken the boy from the apartement before the crime happened. So she and the little boy spend most of the film trying not to get killed by these mobsters. To make things worse, Phill has got a black book given by his dad in which he had written everthing he knew about the mafia when he worked for them as an accountant; plus, Gloria herself is an ex-con, who had had some reltionships with these very same guys.
This film is very violent and bloody, but on the other hand, it is very human. The relationship between Gloria and Phill grows up slowly -- once she doesn't like children very much -- ; and it is very believable. Gena is hard as a rock -- as Gloria would be if she were a real person. She received an Oscar nomination for this, which is one of her finest work. And it kept me wondering what things Gloria had faced that made her like this. The boy is also good and he is the light point of the movie; the comments he makes are so innocent that they sound funny.
The score is competely amazing and unforgettable, and goes very well with all scenes. And the opening credits written on some paitings is breathtaking. Cassavete's direstion is precise and the script is smart and serious.Read more ›
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Gene Rawlands gives a knockout performance as Gloria Swenson. She rocks in this film!!Published 14 months ago by Sara
I saw Gloria years ago on cable. I was in the service when it was in theatres so I didn't see it in 1980. I have been a fan of it ever since. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by James A. Butler
This is a movie which I have watched over and over and over. Although Sharon Stone did a wonderful remake, which I found to be wasteful, this is the movie I recall to others. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2002 by Annett Richardson
I've seen all types of woman hero vehicles from Star Wars to Thelma and Louise to The Matrix. This movie is about a smart, sexy, older woman who wins in the end and pretty much... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002 by Stacy Hackney
This is my all time favorite film. Gena Rowlands' performance was superbe. Every time I view this film I can see the perfection in the performances, and the direction. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2000 by Phyllis Solangi
One of my all-time favorite movies, easily worthy of 5 (or more stars), in the theatrical version. BUT, for reasons unknown, this one was cut in at least two key scenes, and... Read morePublished on May 3 1999 by J.A. Greenleaf
This movie was so good I never really cared about how long it wasPublished on Feb. 16 1999 by email@example.com