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Gloria -- Rowlands garnered an Oscar(r) nomination for her fierce portrayal as an ex-mob mistress who takes care of a young boy after his family is wiped out by the Mafia. Gloria must rely on all her street-savvy to prevent both herself and the boy from being the mobster's next target.


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Release Date:
1 October 1980 (USA) See more »
She attempted to beat the mob at their own game. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Gena Rowlands would kick Sharon Stone's butt See more (52 total) »


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Julie Carmen ... Jeri Dawn
Tony Knesich ... 1st Man - Gangster
Gregory Cleghorne ... Kid in Elevator

Buck Henry ... Jack Dawn
John Adames ... Phil Dawn
Lupe Garnica ... Margarita Vargas
Jessica Castillo ... Joan Dawn

Tom Noonan ... 2nd Man - Gangster
Ronald Maccone ... 3rd Man - Gangster
George Yudzevich ... Heavy Set Man

Gena Rowlands ... Gloria Swenson
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

Alex Stevens ... Riverside Drive Man #7

Sonny Landham ... Riverside Drive Man #8
Harry Madsen ... Riverside Drive Man #6
Shanton Granger ... Car Flip Cabbie
John Pavelko ... Bank Teller

Ray Baker ... Assistant Bank Manager (as Raymond Baker)
Ross Charap ... Ron - Vault
Irvin Graham ... Clerk - Adams Hotel
Michael Proscia ... Uncle Joe
T.S. Rosenbaum ... Desk Clerk - Star Hotel
Santos Morales ... N.Y. Cemetery Cabbie
Meta Shaw Stevens ... Hostess (as Meta Shaw)
Marilyn Putnam ... Waitress

John Finnegan ... Frank
Gaetano Lisi ... Mister
Richard M. Kaye ... Penn Station Hood #3
Steve Lefkowitz ... Penn Station Hood #5
George Poidomani ... Penn Station Hood #4

Lawrence Tierney ... Broadway Bartender
Asa Adil Qawee ... E. 104th Street Cab Driver
Vincent Pecorella ... Boy in Bitch Mother's Apt
Iris Fernandez ... Bitch Mother #1
Jade Bari ... Bitch Mother #2
David Resnick ... Subway Person #2
Thomas J. Buckman ... Man in Newark Station
Joe Dabenigno ... Man in Newark Station

Bill Wiley ... Bellman
John M. Sefakis ... Greek Cashier

Val Avery ... Sill
Walter Dukes ... Newark Cabbie
Janet Ruben ... Lincoln Tunnel Cabbie
Ferruccio Hrvatin ... Aldo

Edward Wilson ... Guillermo D'Antoni
Basilio Franchina ... Tony Tanzini
Carl Levy ... Milt Cohen
Warren Selvaggi ... Pat Donovan
Nathan Seril ... The Baron
Vladimir Drazenovic ... Tonti
Edward Jacobs ... Desk Clerk - Newark Hotel
Brad Johnston ... 1st Traveler
Jerry Jaffe ... Pittsburgh Cabbie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maja Niles ... Tourist (uncredited)
Jerry Schram ... Bank Customer (uncredited)
Filomena Spagnuolo ... Old Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cassavetes 
Writing credits
John Cassavetes (written by)

Produced by
Stephen F. Kesten .... associate producer (as Steve Kesten)
Sam Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Fred Schuler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George C. Villaseñor 
Casting by
Vic Ramos 
Art Direction by
Rene D'Auriac 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
Costume Design by
Peggy Farrell 
Emanuel Ungaro 
Makeup Department
Vincent Callaghan .... makeup artist (as Vince Callahan)
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist
Production Management
Stephen F. Kesten .... production manager (as Steve Kesten)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Penney Finkelman Cox .... dga trainee (as Penny Finkleman)
Tom Fritz .... second assistant director
Michael Haley .... first assistant director (as Mike Haley)
Gaetano Lisi .... second unit director
Art Department
Romare Bearden .... paintings
William Lucek .... chargeman scenic (as Bill Lucek)
Walter Stocklin .... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Dave Weinman .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects
Stan Gordon .... sound
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound mixer
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Dennis Maitland .... sound mixer (as Dennis Maitland Sr.)
Tod A. Maitland .... boom operator (as Tod Maitland)
James Perdue .... sound recordist
Daniel Rosenblum .... sound recordist (as Danny Rosenblum)
Pat Somerset .... sound effects
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects
Al Griswold .... special effects (as Al Griswald)
Ron Ottesen .... special effects
Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunt double
Sonny Landham .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Harry Madsen .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Alex Stevens .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Ricki-Ellen Brooke .... second assistant camera
Sandy Brooke .... first assistant camera
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Ken Connors .... best boy
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer (as Adger Cowan)
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Peter Garbarini .... aerial photographer (as Peter Gabarini)
John Mazzoni .... dolly grip
Tom Volpe .... best boy
Tom Kerwick .... grip (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Robert Paone .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Lori Blounstein .... assistant editor (as Lori Bloustein)
Music Department
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor (as Clifford C. Kohlweck)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
James Giblin .... transportation captain (as Jim Giblin)
Robert Buckman .... driver (uncredited)
Thomas Buckman .... driver (uncredited)
Richard Holston .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kate Barker .... assistant: John Cassavetes
Chip Cronkite .... production assistant
Eileen Eichenstein .... production office coordinator
Robert Fieldsteel .... assistant to producer
James E. Foote .... location manager (as Jim Foote)
Elizabeth Gazzara .... production assistant (as Liz Gazzara)
Ann Guerin .... publicist
Susan Hoffman .... auditor
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor
Richard M. Kaye .... dialogue coach (as Richard Kaye)
John Kullers .... field man (as John 'Red' Kullers)
Harvey Portee .... production assistant
Gary Shapiro .... special project coordinator Columbia Pictures
Sam Shaw .... title designer
Jed Weaver .... production assistant

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123 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Peru:18 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Principal photography on the picture was marred by conflict between writer-director John Cassavetes and the Columbia Pictures studio. The film's cinematographer Fred Schuler has said: "If you'd talk about money, well, that was exactly what John didn't want to hear".See more »
Phil Dawn:[Gloria and Phil try to check in to a hotel, but, the clerk refuses them] He don't know the score, he sees a dame like you, and a guy like me, he don't know.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cannibal Ferox (1981)See more »


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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Gena Rowlands would kick Sharon Stone's butt, 6 May 2000
Author: silentgpaleo

I have not seen the remake of GLORIA yet, and needless to say, I'm not looking forward to it. Not to say that Sharon Stone can't play a tough female, who's self-imposed as a bodyguard for a kid running from mobsters. It is just that Gena Rowlands is so much more versatile, and her range so much wider, and I just KNOW that Stone won't be able to cut it. So, I will stop speculating, and get to the facts.

GLORIA is a film that Cassavete's made as an antidote to brainless, violent action films. All of the violence has dramatic purpose, and nothing is pointless here. This may be off-putting to fans of the action genre, but Cassavetes' contempt for the genre is what makes GLORIA more interesting. There are several unexpected twists.

When the film begins, Gloria is a street-smart woman who is kind of "married" to the mob. Gloria has a tomboyish quality that lends credibility to the fact that she has lived this long. She looks out for herself, first and foremost.

This changes when a weasel, and friend,of Gloria's (Buck Henry) is murdered by her mobster friends. Henry and his wife are killed, leaving behind a scared child. The little boy is a witness to the murder, and the mobsters make chase.

Gloria feels her maternal instincts begin to take over, and begrudgingly protects the boy. As the film progresses, however, she becomes more sincere in her protection, and she draws the line further for the mobsters. She has survived in the harsh city for this long, so it is easy to assume that she knows how to stay alive.

GLORIA is by no means Cassavete best film. There are long stretches that test your patience, that can sometimes seem static. But, as much as I dislike this quality, I am familiar with several Cassavetes' films, and understand what he is trying to achieve. Cassavetes is a very emotional director. He doesn't focus on tragedy; he is more interested in survival and the baggage that that brings. GLORIA is a thinking-person's thriller, and if you prefer big explosions and high body-counts, go and see DIE HARD 2 again. But, if you want to see something different, check this one out.

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