Gloria (film)

Gloria is a 1980 film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It tells the story of a gangster's girlfriend who goes on the run with a young boy who is being hunted by the mob for information he may or may not have. It stars Gena Rowlands and John Adames.

Cassavetes did not originally intend to direct his screenplay; he planned merely to sell the story to Columbia Pictures. However, once his wife, Gena Rowlands, was asked to play the title character in the film, she asked Cassavetes to direct it as a personal favor.


Gena Rowlands was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, tying with Atlantic City. John Adames tied with Sir Laurence Olivier for the Worst Supporting Actor Razzie of 1980.


Gloria was a remake produced in 1999; the screenplay was adapted by Steve Antin and directed by Sidney Lumet. It stars Sharon Stone and Jean-Luke Figueroa.

The film Ultraviolet (2006) uses the basic premise of a woman on the run with a little boy and transposes the story to a dystopian futuristic setting.

Erick Zonca's 2007 film Julia, starring Tilda Swinton.

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