Gloria (Sous-titres français)
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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Format||DVD-Video, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, Color, NTSC|
|Contributor||Columbia Pictures, Sam Shaw, Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Juan Adames, John Cassavetes, Julie Carmen|
|Runtime||2 hours and 3 minutes|
She's an ex-gun moll and showgirl suddenly forced to protect a kid whose parents have been rubbed out by the mob. Now the mob wants the kid dead too - but first they'll have to deal with Gloria (GenaRowlands in an Oscar(r)-nominated performance, Best Actress, 1980.) Director John Cassavetes, known for his unique approach to filmmaking, creates a powerful, tension-filled story. An accountant (Buck Henry) is in possession of a ledger which could put a number of mob bosses behind bars for a long time. Before he is killed, however, he manages to entrust the ledger and his son to a neighbor, Gloria, for protection. Gloria reluctantly takes the kid on the run while keeping the mob at bay, sometimes at the point of a gun. Finally, tired of running, she decides to confront them head on!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 19.69 x 14.61 x 1.35 cm; 72.29 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Manufacturer reference : 43396085695
- Director : John Cassavetes
- Media Format : Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Color
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : Feb. 25 2003
- Actors : Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Julie Carmen, Juan Adames
- Subtitles: : None
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Producers : Sam Shaw
- ASIN : B000083C8N
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,961 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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"Gloria" is directed by Gena's late husband, the also very talented John Cassavetes. The story is simple but touching: one boy, Phill, has his family murdered by gangsters. Gloria, who is a neighbour has taken the boy from the apartement before the crime happened. So she and the little boy spend most of the film trying not to get killed by these mobsters. To make things worse, Phill has got a black book given by his dad in which he had written everthing he knew about the mafia when he worked for them as an accountant; plus, Gloria herself is an ex-con, who had had some reltionships with these very same guys.
This film is very violent and bloody, but on the other hand, it is very human. The relationship between Gloria and Phill grows up slowly -- once she doesn't like children very much -- ; and it is very believable. Gena is hard as a rock -- as Gloria would be if she were a real person. She received an Oscar nomination for this, which is one of her finest work. And it kept me wondering what things Gloria had faced that made her like this. The boy is also good and he is the light point of the movie; the comments he makes are so innocent that they sound funny.
The score is competely amazing and unforgettable, and goes very well with all scenes. And the opening credits written on some paitings is breathtaking. Cassavete's direstion is precise and the script is smart and serious.
I think the only small problem in this movie is that is very dated and nowadays it looks a bit old. I'm not talking about the fashion, but some situations. But on the other hand, there's an up-dated version of "Gloria" starred by Sharon Stone, which is really, really awful. So I'd rather watching the "old" one -- even with some 'old' things -- than that modernized one. That's why I highly recommend this picture!
Little Phil, absolutely marvelous in this movie. I wonder where he ended up in life. If you have never in your life, ever, watched a movie about a tough woman in the mob, you need to watch this one. Gena Rowlands, of course, is so wonderful and captivating that one wants to watch over, more than once. It lends to the harsh part of life and comes out with you sitting on the edge of your seat, not knowing where these two will end. I really cannot tell you enough. Obviously, I do not know where to touch; this movie was written for Gena, oh so boldly.
Top reviews from other countries
I enjoyed this film very much. It was gritty and yet emotionally charged as well.
The boy in the film was perfect in the role also.
The ended of course leaves you thinking. After all the mob has a long arm therefore why not find them anywhere but somehow it didn't really matter about the ending because the body of the film was excellent.