Mafia -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama, Middle-aged women -- Drama, Puerto Rican children -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama


(One Summer Night)


Gena Rowlands, John Adams, Buck Henry, Julie Carmen,

Gena Rowlands’s ex–gun moll Gloria is a reluctant heroine: reluctant to protect an orphan (“I hate kids”) and reluctant to take on the mob, who were once her friends. But when the moment for action comes, she acts, calmly shooting a carful of hit men, then just as calmly hailing a taxi to get away. And they’re off, through the streets and subways of New York, encountering the mob at every local store, bus stop, and train station. Yet, the emphasis is less on violent confrontations than on emotional ones. The camera moves away from action, lingering instead on faces, showing us feelings, moments of exchange, fluctuations of character.

Kathy Geritz
  • John Cassavetes
  • Fred Schuler
  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 123 mins
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

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The films of John Cassavetes (press release), Pacific Film Archive, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (program note), Walker Art Center, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (press release), Walker Art Center, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (program), Walker Art Center, 1989

Gloria (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, David Denby, 1982

Gloria (program note), International Film Festival of India, 1981

Gloria (review), L.A. Weekly, 1980

In the manner of heroes (review), L.A. Weekly, Michael Ventura, 1980

Gloria (review), Film Journal International, 1980

Gloria (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1980

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