Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Julie Carmen, Gena Rowlands, John Adames, Tony Knesich, Gregory Cleghorne
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
An ex-gun moll works to protect a young Puerto Rican boy from assassination by the New York mob. Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure Rating: PG Release Date: 25-FEB-2003 Media Type: DVD
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Gena Rowlands is the BOMB!
Kali | United Kingdom | 04/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Never sentimental, often brutal, "Gloria" follows the life and times of ex-gangster's moll Gloria who finds herself protecting the young survivor of a mafia massacre. Armed with only her wits and a pocket gun, Gloria goes on the run, taking with her Phil, played wonderfully by then child actor John Adames who tries his best to be Gloria's equal in everything. Gloria knows enough about mafia life to know that she and Phil are living on borrowed time but she's one tough broad, and there's a chance that the Mafia just might have met their match in a woman whose maternal instincts have been aroused, and who will do anything to protect a child she has come to love as her own. Gena Rowlands is crackingly good as the foul mouthed Gloria who gives as good as she gets, as she takes on the mob, and the whole corrupt city system in a battle of wits, blood and bullets. Considering that this film was made over 20 years ago, it has aged pretty well and is just as watchable now as it was then. Worth adding to your collection if you life a film with teeth."
Would be 5-stars, but this video was cut/edited
Joseph A. Greenleaf | Papillion, NE USA | 05/03/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of my all-time favorite movies, easily worthy of 5 (or more stars), in the theatrical version. BUT, for reasons unknown, this one was cut in at least two key scenes, and probably many others. The scene in the apartment, when the shooters come in, we no longer see the mother and father with their guns and the shootings of the grandmother, mother, and father, and, off-camera, daughter. Instead, the camera is on Gloria and the kid in her apartment (something that wasn't in the original, as I recall). The scene where Gloria is on the curb with the kid and the mobsters roar up in their car. In the theatrical release, Gloria says, "Suck on this!" as she points and shoots them, point-blank. Major slice in the video, no "Suck on this!" You can see the jerkiness of the cut. I'm amazed that this was done. Interested in continuity errors? http://www.swordpoint.com/continuity.htm"
A spunky performance.
Joseph A. Greenleaf | 10/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD because I remembered seeing this film back in high school and never quite forgot the dialogue or the bravado of Gena Rowlands performance. And it's this performance and the acting ability of this great artist which makes me glad I purchased it. I've already viewed this DVD several times and never get tired of this fast paced action drama about a female hero who unlike most heriones will surely never become quite domesticated in the end. This is what makes "Gloria" unique, along with the off-beat stylized direction of Gena Rowlands late husband John Cassevettes. The story takes place in Manhattan and the entire film serves as a representation of the late 1970's. Gena Rowlands goes all the way with this character, screaming at mobsters such lines as "You let a woman beat you" "uh." Despite such dialogue or maybe because of it(and the unique, progressive, and "classy" quality of this production) this film represents an overall entertaining experience. Highly Recommended!"
Gena Rowlands Rules!
Alysson Oliveira | Sao Paulo-- Brazil | 01/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"She is tough. She is beautiful. She is glorious. She is Gloria -- ie she is Gena Rowlands. And I really admire her. I think she, along with Ellen Burstin, is one of the most beautiful and talented American actress who is in the business for such a long time and has done wonderful works. To my complete delight these two ladies worked togheter in "Playing by Heart" -- which is a nice movie. "Gloria" is directed by Gena's late husband, the also very talented John Cassavetes. The story is simple but touching: one boy, Phill, has his family murdered by gangsters. Gloria, who is a neighbour has taken the boy from the apartement before the crime happened. So she and the little boy spend most of the film trying not to get killed by these mobsters. To make things worse, Phill has got a black book given by his dad in which he had written everthing he knew about the mafia when he worked for them as an accountant; plus, Gloria herself is an ex-con, who had had some reltionships with these very same guys. This film is very violent and bloody, but on the other hand, it is very human. The relationship between Gloria and Phill grows up slowly -- once she doesn't like children very much -- ; and it is very believable. Gena is hard as a rock -- as Gloria would be if she were a real person. She received an Oscar nomination for this, which is one of her finest work. And it kept me wondering what things Gloria had faced that made her like this. The boy is also good and he is the light point of the movie; the comments he makes are so innocent that they sound funny. The score is competely amazing and unforgettable, and goes very well with all scenes. And the opening credits written on some paitings is breathtaking. Cassavete's direstion is precise and the script is smart and serious.I think the only small problem in this movie is that is very dated and nowadays it looks a bit old. I'm not talking about the fashion, but some situations. But on the other hand, there's an up-dated version of "Gloria" starred by Sharon Stone, which is really, really awful. So I'd rather watching the "old" one -- even with some 'old' things -- than that modernized one. That's why I highly recommend this picture!"