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Plot, Details & Awards


PG In Theaters 01/23/2006 , 121min.
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Plot & Details

Gloria (Gena Rowlands), a self-involved woman in her forties who was once a mobster's mistress, is asked to look after Philip (Juan Adames), the son of her Mafia-connected Puerto Rican neighbors. This temporary set-up becomes permanent when the neighbors are killed in a mob hit. Philip has in his possession a diary containing a record of illegal Mafia activities; thus the boy is as good as dead unless Gloria takes decisive action. With Philip in tow, Gloria leads the hit men on a frantic chase around Manhattan, and during the various gunfire exchanges, more than holds her own. Offering to exchange the diary for the boy's life, Gloria is rebuffed by the vendetta-driven assassins. Where once she was content squirreling herself away in her lonely apartment, Gloria now must face a lifetime on the run. Directed on a more commercial level than was customary for John Cassavetes (with a subversive streak of self-parody in the bargain), Gloria served as an excellent showcase for Cassavetes' wife Gena Rowlands. The film won the Golden Lion Award at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival.


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Gena Rowlands Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Gena Rowlands Nominated

Venice International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion John Cassavetes Won

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