A bookkeeper for the NYC mob, Jack Dawn and his family are about to be killed, because he’d been keeping a copy of their records. Right before the hit, Jack’s wife asks neighbour, Gloria Svenson to look after their 6-year old son, Phil, and his teenage sister. Though the sister runs back and is killed with the rest of the family, Phil’s safe with Gloria – a former mob girl. Now older, but just as tough, she doesn’t want any problems, but she knows the mob won’t stop till they get the book, and kill the boy. Reluctantly, she becomes his guardian. The pair go on the run, as the mob chases them throughout the city.
User Reviews: A genre-bending odyssey, full of dank, dark alleys, filthy side streets, buses, taxi cabs, trains and subways, John Cassavetes’ film "Gloria" is perhaps the most impersonal of his personal work, which surely inspired Luc Besson’s 1994 action-packed "Leon," the film explores the development of the mother-son bond under extreme circumstances.
One of Gena Rowland’s most underrated performances, Gloria stands shoulder to shoulder with other iconic heroines of American cinema; such as Dietrich’s Shanghai Lily and Uma Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo.
Cassavetes explores new narrative possibilities unlike any other of his contemporaries. Though there always seems to be a surplus of emotion, dialogue or trivialities in his work – and I’m not the first to make such an observation – Cassavetes maintains his focus, which is of course, to show us a slice of life, however extreme or crazy it may appear to an audience.