Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gloria (1980)

A gangster's girlfriend goes on the run with a young boy who is being hunted by the mob for information he may or may not have. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Actress: Gena Rowlands! I cannot believe it!!! wow. It's much worse than the Sharon Stone 1999 version. It did win the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor (the kid) and I must say it was the most deserved Razzie ever given. This is one of the WORST child performances ever and it also fatally damaged Gena's acting. The screenplay is so bad as it is presented, that the whole 120 minutes action could've been summed up in 25 minutes.
It just goes in circles with stupid plot holes. The direction is totally ignorable (what was Cassavetes thinking?!) and the ending is hilariously pointless. Gena Rowlands is hot and the only good (or at least decent) performance in the film. But how much can she do with a terrible screenplay and a robotic-kid as a scene partner... Too bad. She was nominated for this and not for Opening Night? Ridiculous.
My rating for the film: 2/10. It hurt.


  1. Worst child performances of all time - now there's a blog-a-thon I'd join in on.

    I hope you've had a chance to see a better film since this one, you need to clear your mind of the memory.

  2. actually, this one was last night. Meantime I've seen half of La Dolce Vita, but will have to get back to Gloria to count Gena Rowland's screentime...
    I guess they can't all be Justin Henry

  3. I could not agree more. Terrible script, bad dialogue, hammy acting (what was Gena Rowlands thinking?) and atrocious pacing. The most unpleasant, frustrating movie experience ever created. Mr. Cassavetes should have known better; it seems like he was trying to make a star vehicle rather than a good film.