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The plot is a paranoid endgame in which the ubiquitous Mafia, in the know about everything before it happens, is the instrument of terminal destiny and running from death is as absurd as waiting for it.
Gena Rowlands is excellent as the tired woman who decides to take her chances for the boy. The kid is a right blend of understanding and childish tantrums.
John Cassavetes clearly set out to make a commercial film, but, intransigent personality that he was, he turned in a slice of pure avant-garde.
It's clear from the opening montage that we're in the hands of a master.
More than any other recent film I can think of, Gloria is a movie that depends on the mood you're in when you see it.
Tough, sweet, and goofy.
Cassavetes was always at his best when he was making raw and uncompromising indies (e.g. Faces, Shadows), and he was invariably always less interesting when he tried to guess what general audiences wanted to see (like here).
It's an obvious setup and most directors would have made sentimental hash out of it, but Cassavetes keeps it strong and smooth, and Rowlands was nominated for an Oscar for her trouble.
Any Cassavetes is worthwhile viewing
One of Cassavetes' most accessible and involving movies.
John Cassavetes made some iffy movies during his career, but none is worse than the original Gloria.
Rowlands's gutsy portrayal of the woman who takes a redemptive and life-threatening plunge, and Adames as the brat who grows up fast in the pressurized situation.
I like "non-studio film Cassavetes" much better.
Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this odd mob melodrama with, naturally, an orphan kid. Rowlands is an extremely classy ex-mob dame with a hair-trigger temper and a tongue of fire.
If there is any dead weight in the film, it's child actor John Adams, screeching and squeaking that he's "the man" and knows what to do. But what child actor isn't irritating? In the end, Gloria isn't a major effort or breakthrough film, it's just Cassavetes creating a fun action/chase movie that features a female heroine with a set of brass balls.
An ass-kicking Gena Rowlands is the major force behind this riveting, one of a kind gangster film from the unique vision of American new wave's craftsman John Cassavetes. direct precursor of Leon: The professional.
a real sense of the grittiness of new york and gena rowlands is outstanding as usual
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