Somewhere between three and four stars.... Gena Rowlands is fantastic in this, I loved watching her. 1970s New York City grungy and real. Cassavetes films, for me, always go a little too far on the realism but the jeopardy sort of works in spite of the plot holes. The kid's dialogue is so adult..feels creepy and wrong. Gloria belongs to Gena Rowlands.
Maybe all the ridiculous gun fights and implausible plot twists were deliberate to heighten the absurdity of the violent, "strong man" figure that the media oversells, yuxtaposed with the violent love that emerges between a mother and a child (by blood or by circumstance), and is a source of true strength that is often overlooked... Or maybe Casavettes was drunk when he wrote it. It's hard to say.
You have the late seventies fashion, New York neighborhoods, and Cassavetes' style but the fantastic Gena Rowlands as a sassy ex gun moll is what really makes this film worth watching. An alternative take on the gangster genre, a film with a heart of gold.
Primarily watched it for Gena and her supreme everything,though the child actor wasn't terrible I suppose. But what truly bothers me is the gaping unresolved plot point of Gloria's cat? I feel I have no closure now... then again, that's what comes with misplaced maternal instincts, perhaps not "every woman is a mother" after all? I'll stop now
A circuitous escapade in Robert Moses' NY. Somewhat hollow. Gloria's character is underdeveloped in the scenes with Phil, and instead realised through her past relationships with the mob. Although the film has shaky long-shots, cramped head-shots, awkward improvisations and acting, it is these imperfections that remain rewarding - syntactical imprecisions yielding depth, while lesser art leaves only technical errors.
Worth watching for Gena Rowlands and late 70s New York, which both look great and act their parts. The kid is the worst child actor I've ever seen - even in school plays. The script and dialogue are stilted to the point of amateurism, but Gena gets a few good lines. First Cassavetes film I've seen, and I'm disappointed - the direction is film school level, and only the leads (Gena and the Big Apple) save it.