Gloria

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Released 1980

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Director:
John Cassavetes
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG
Gloria is a 1980 crime thriller about a single woman trying to save a six-year-old from the mob and corrupt police officers. Jack Dawn (Buck Henry), a mob accountant, has decided to rat out his gangster clients and go on the run with his family. His wife, Jeri (Julie Carmen), worrries that the mob may be closing in and asks her friend and neighbor, Gloria Swenson (Gena Rowlands) to look after the youngest child, Phil (John Adames), until the coast is clear. Gloria has never liked children, but as a former mistress to a powerful mob figure, she understands the danger and takes in Phil not knowing that he possesses all the information his father was going to give to the Feds. The mob hitman kill the rest of the Dawn family, so Gloria must find a way to safely navigate through New York City with Phil, avoiding all the mobsters and corrupt police officers on their trail. John Cassavetes directs this action drama.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Lawrence Van Gelder

    A smoother, funnier, more suspenseful and more endearing version of the 1980 John Cassavetes film of the same title.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Not so much a remake of a film as it is a remake of an overcooked performance--a case of ham imitating ham.

  • 10

    Variety

    A travesty trying to be a Sharon Stone vehicle, this wooden crime yarn easily qualifies as the most tired, unexciting mob movie in recent memory.

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    Crime, Mobsters