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Directed by John Cassavetes • 1980 • United States
Starring Gena Rowlands, Julie Carmen, Buck Henry
John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands put their unique spin on the classic gangster drama in this offbeat thriller. Rowlands stars as Gloria Swenson, a former showgirl and gun moll who unexpectedly finds herself responsible for a seven-year-old boy (John Adames) when his family is killed in a gangland massacre. The prey in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, they run for their lives across a gritty 1980s New York City as Gloria is gradually transformed into an unlikely action hero. Paying homage to a tradition that extends from PUBLIC ENEMY to DIRTY HARRY, GLORIA marries genre thrills with the raw emotional realism of Cassavetes at his best.