Director: John Cassavetes
Screenwriters: John Cassavetes

Institute History

  • 1989 Sundance Film Festival


Though he wrote, directed and produced Gloria, John Cassavetes claims he doesn’t like it much. Too entertaining, he thinks. Gena Rowlands, on the other hand, loves it. She finally gets to play Humphrey Bogart—a feat which, at the beginning of her career, seemed impossible.

Aside from the fascinating role reversal, there's not much meat to this tale of a mob moll who, to protect a little boy, starts shooting up her old cronies and lovers. But there are so many juicy moments, and Gena’s having such a good time, that its a kick to let her point her pistol at us and crow, “You sissies!” (You see, John is right. It is too entertaining.)

— Tony Safford

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