Gloria (1980)

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When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeri Dawn
Tony Knesich ...
1st Man - Gangster
Gregory Cleghorne ...
Kid in Elevator
Jack Dawn
John Adames ...
Phil Dawn
Lupe Garnica ...
Margarita Vargas
Jessica Castillo ...
Joan Dawn
2nd Man - Gangster
Ronald Maccone ...
3rd Man - Gangster
George Yudzevich ...
Heavy Set Man
Gary Howard Klar ...
Irish Cop (as Gary Klar)
William E. Rice ...
TV Newscaster
Frank Belgiorno ...
Riverside Drive Man #5
J.C. Quinn ...
Riverside Drive Man #4


Mild mannered Jack Dawn has been secretly working as an accountant for the mob. He, his Puerto Rican wife Jeri, his teen-aged daughter Joan and his mother-in-law, all who were planning on going on the run, are murdered by the mob because Jack was going to inform on them to the FBI. Before they're killed, Jack and Jeri are able to send their six-year old son Phil to Jeri's friend and their neighbor, Gloria Swenson, for safe keeping. Also with Phil is the book which contains all the information Jack was going to turn over. Gloria and Phil have an antagonistic relationship, not so much for who they are but what they are, Phil a kid, and Gloria a strange white woman who hates kids. As an ex-mistress of a mobster, Gloria learns that the people that killed the Dawns are old friends of hers. As Gloria and Phil go on the run both from the mob and from the authorities (who believe she kidnapped Phil) throughout New York City, Gloria has to come up with a plan on how best to save themselves, ... Written by Huggo

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She attempted to beat the mob at their own game. See more »


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Release Date:

19 September 1980 (West Germany)  »

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Glória  »

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Actors Gena Rowlands and Lawrence Tierney had both previously played a husband and wife in A Child Is Waiting (1963). Both films were directed by John Cassavetes. See more »


Gloria Swenson: You let a WOMAN beat ya, huh?
[yelling at mobsters in the subway as she and the boy are escaping]
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Gena Rowlands, Goddess of the cinema
10 December 2002 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

The perfomance of Gena Rowlands is one of the best acting efforts I've ever seen. She's so amazing and credible that still thrill me. She should have won the Oscar. Also, it is remarkable the Bill Conti's score, as well as many of the dialogs. I highly reccomend this movie to all movie-goers.

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