Gloria (1980)

“There’s reasons I can’t turn and just look, but is there a little kid headed in here or across the street or whatever? ” – Gloria

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After his parents are murdered by the mob, a young boy is reluctantly protected by his worldly-wise neighbor who has her own ties to a life of crime.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before coming across it in my quest to watch every film that has received Oscar nominations for its performances.

The premise of this film actually sounded quite fascinating and I was curious to see what it would be all about.

The best thing about this film is Gena Rowland in the lead.

She plays this character is such a way that despite her shortcomings, one constantly still cares about everything she does because it is all coming from her heart and not her head.

She lets her character get emotionally involved in a situation that she knows is not logically sound yet she continues along this path.

Her character is portrayed as being quite tough yet we sympathize with her situation and that allows for the viewer to acre more about what she will do and what will happen to her along the way.

She was quite deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here in this role.

They are able to deliver a very gritty story that stays quiet gripping throughout.

This is enhanced by the mismatched chemistry between the two main characters who are different in every way possible yet helps keep thing moving at a great pace while still remaining quite gripping and thrilling throughout.

The story has some great twists and turns that keep the viewer guessing what will happen which adds so much more suspense to things.

In addition, the story is also able to give us a great character who must constantly wrestle with her conscience as to how to act in the very dangerous situations that she now finds herself in.

Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that works quite well because of the way that Rowlands plays this character. She is tough, yet very sympathetic which helps us care more about her and the paths that she chooses as the story moves along. This film is able to present things in a gripping fashion and allows the mismatched chemistry between the two main characters to help keep things moving at a thrilling and gripping pave. Rowlands was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and she does a great job with this role.  The twists and turns in the story work well in adding so much suspense to things while at the same time shows us how a character can wrestle with their own conscience as they debate how to act in certain situations. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Cassavetes rounded up actual gangsters and various criminals for the scene in Tony Tanzini (Basilio Franchina)’s apartment. Cassavetes solicited their opinions about the realism of the scene. One professional hit man got into an argument with Cassavetes about how the scene would have really taken place if he were in that situation. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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