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
No American movie so ambivalent as Gloria. Is it a good movie or a bad? Frankly, I just don't know. I saw this film as part of a series of classic movies in a Dutch cinema. New copy! the ad said and I never saw the movie from beginning to end. Reason enough to go. Speaking about the end... It did disappoint me a lot. After watching Gena walking on high heals through New York for two hours, Cassavetes surprises me with this terrible Hollywood ending! But after reading some of the comments on IMDb I rather give it a second thought. So Cassavetes shot the end of Gloria in black and white? I didn't know that. It makes a difference. Why the hell would Gloria come to the cemetery in a mob car in stead of just a regular cab? And why dressed up as the boy's grandmother? It must be the imagination of the boy. That's why the boy runs in slow motion (and in black and white) to Gloria. Running towards a certain death that is! Cassavetes said in a interview that he didn't want the boy shot in pieces at the end of the movie, but that doesn't mean the boy will survive! So, maybe Cassavetes didn't make a Hollywood ending after all. Let's give Gloria the benefit of the doubt. It's a good movie, worth remembering.
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