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980 Ratings


Directed by John Cassavetes
United States, 1980
Drama, Crime, Thriller


When a young boy’s family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.

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Gloria Directed by John Cassavetes

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1980 | Winner: Golden Lion

1980 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award

Academy Awards

1981 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1981 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Critics reviews

It’s an inexhaustibly rich film. Downgraded by some devotees of the director as a merely commercial assignment, it in fact represents a fertile cross-fusion of generic movie elements with the singularity of Cassavetes’s style and approach.
April 14, 2016
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Cassavetes’s hard-nosed metaphysics is matched by the intimate ferocity of the odd couple; scenes of Phil’s proud, vain defiance and Gloria’s resentment could have been played, with the same dialogue, by Rowlands and an adult actor as the domestic combat of lovers. No other director married to his leading lady has ever filmed her face to such self-deprecating effect as did Cassavetes: the creases on Rowlands’s forehead and the crags beneath her eyes betray her hard years with him.
April 20, 2015
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