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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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Writer:
John Cassavetes (written by)
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Release Date:
19 September 1980 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
She attempted to beat the mob at their own game. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(59 articles)
User Reviews:
An American Classic See more (50 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
123 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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?

Trivia:
The movie got nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award at the first ever Awards Ceremony in 1980 - for John Adames for Best Supporting Actor - and actually winning the Razzie in this category tieing with Sir Laurence Olivier for The Jazz Singer (1980).See more »
Quotes:
Phil Dawn:You're my mother. You're my father. You're my mother. You're my whole family. You're even my friend, Gloria. You're my girlfriend too.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Léon: The Professional (1994)See more »

FAQ

Who's this Mr. Tanzini?
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64 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
An American Classic, 24 August 2003
Author: noreaster13 from Massachusetts

There must be a million woman like Gloria. They never got educated but they're smart. They're good looking, but not enough to get that gangster boyfriend to leave his wife. They hostess or maybe they just are table dressing for as long as they can. They make enough to have a decent apartment, and they hock the gift jewelry and furs and stick the money in a safe deposit box for the day they just can't do it any more. Can't smile and nod and be sweet, and the goombas look to the younger girls for attention. They try to keep quiet and keep their nose clean and ignore the young punks that treat them a little worse every year.

But life can mess up your plans, as it does for Gloria when it dumps an orphaned kid in her lap and some of her p***ed gangster pals at her door. And the decision she makes to save the kid's life means she can never go back.

"Gloria" isn't really about stuff like violence or mobsters or guns at all. It's about the hopes and wishes and loneliness of a life that represents the lives of many invisible woman. Gloria has always been a "broad" as she says. Never the Madonna, to be worshipped and respected. Always the Whore to be stepped on. And it sucks to be at the mercy and whim of men. Especially cruel, stupid thugs who don't have the brains or guts to do anything but lie, cheat, steal, and kill women and children.

Gloria reluctantly gives up her old life. She gave years of her life to these slobs and she doesn't want to lose the little she got for her troubles. She just wants peace and quiet and to be left alone. Why give it up to help some annoying kid?

But when she makes the decision to do just that, her rage and resentment explode.

Gena Rowlands gives a flawless performance that burns bright and makes the viewer feel the rage of those who hide their intelligence and personality and try to "get by" in a world of lesser men. Gloria's got more balls and brains than any of the suits that run the racket. And now she's going to prove it.

"Gloria" is what happens when adults make movies for adults. No childish chatter, no idealized and airbrushed world, no moralizing and preaching. This movie has blood in its veins.

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