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Gloria (1980)

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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John Cassavetes

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John Cassavetes
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

A bookkeeper for the NYC mob, Jack Dawn and his family are about to be killed, because he'd been keeping a copy of their records. Right before the hit, Jack's wife asks neighbour, Gloria Svenson to look after their 6-year old son, Phil, and his teenage sister. Though the sister runs back and is killed with the rest of the family, Phil's safe with Gloria - a former mob girl. Now older, but just as tough, she doesn't want any problems, but she knows the mob won't stop till they get the book, and kill the boy. Reluctantly, she becomes his guardian. The pair go on the run, as the mob chases them throughout the city. Written by Huggo

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And she's out to beat the mob at their own game. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Summer Night See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,767, 5 October 1980

Gross USA:

$4,059,673

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,059,673
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gena Rowlands (Gloria Swenson) later co-starred with Sharon Stone, who played the title character in the remake Gloria (1999), in The Mighty (1998). See more »

Goofs

When Phil boards the train, the shot has been reversed, as evidenced by backwards lettering on the signs on the train and the platform. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Swenson: If I'm gonna get you out of here, I gotta have your help.
Phil Dawn: How can I help you?
Gloria Swenson: They're gonna kill us, you little jackass... I don't wanna die!
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Super Movie!
11 May 2004 | by nyc1223See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all times. Gena Rowlands is a powerhouse actor in this gutsy film about survival, courage and compassion set in the fast-paced, gritty New York City of the 70s. The acting all-around is exceptional. The film is riveting from beginning to end. You get swept up in Gloria's dilemma right away. The scene where she has to decide whether to save herself and turn the kid over to his assassins is very believable as you can see and feel how desperate one would be in such a dire situation. Another great scene is at a Penn Station coffee shop where she confronts the stalking mobsters at a nearby table. You can hear a pin drop in that restaurant as she stands there saying, "I'm Gloria. My hand is on my gun in my purse!" Yet another great scene is the crowded subway where she literally throws punches with one of the mobsters who has caught up with her. Everyone in that graffiti-laden subway car presses against the walls trying to get away when Gloria pulls her gun. She says as she gets off: "Ya punk! Ya Punk. Ya let a sissy beat you, huh? You punk! Go ahead, punk!." Then the subway car closes and she and the kid get away yet again. So, get lots of popcorn, turn off the phones and curl up in bed with the lights off for this one!


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