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Gloria Details


Gloria (Gena Rowlands), a self-involved woman in her forties who was once a mobster's mistress, is asked to look after Philip (Juan Adames), the son of her Mafia-connected Puerto Rican neighbors. This temporary set-up becomes permanent when the neighbors are killed in a mob hit. Philip has in his possession a diary containing a record of illegal Mafia activities; thus the boy is as good as dead unless Gloria takes decisive action. With Philip in tow, Gloria leads the hit men on a frantic chase around Manhattan, and during the various gunfire exchanges, more than holds her own. Offering to exchange the diary for the boy's life, Gloria is rebuffed by the vendetta-driven assassins. Where once she was content squirreling herself away in her lonely apartment, Gloria now must face a lifetime on the run. Directed on a more commercial level than was customary for John Cassavetes (with a subversive streak of self-parody in the bargain), John Cassavetes served as an excellent showcase for Cassavetes' wife Gena Rowlands. The film won the Golden Lion Award at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gena Rowlands Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gena Rowlands Best Actress 1980 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival John Cassavetes Golden Lion 1980 Winner


Gena Rowlands
as Gloria Swenson
John Adames
as Phil Dawn
Buck Henry
as Jack Dawn
Julie Carmen
as Jeri Dawn
Lupe Garnica
as Margarita Vargas
Filomena Spagnuolo
as Old Lady
Kyle-Scott Jackson
as First Policeman
Gary Klar
as Irish cop
Val Avery
as Sill
Basilio Franchina
as Tony Tanzini
Ronald Maccone
as 3rd man/Gangster
Gregory Cleghorne
as Kid in Elevator
Vic Ramos
Tom Noonan
as 2nd Man/Gangster
Jessica Castillo
as Joan Dawn
John Finnegan
as Frank


John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
Sam Shaw
John Cassavetes
Fred Schuler
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Jack McSweeney
Rene D'Auriac
Production Designer
Stephen F. Kesten
Associate Producer
Peggy Farrell
Costume Designer