Gloria

on October 01, 1980 by Mike Kerrigan
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   It usually doesn't bode well when a movie does not get previewed for the press. And the remake of the John Cassavetes 1980 picture "Gloria" is no exception. It's not that it's a bad film; the problem is that it just doesn't bring a whole lot to the party.
   The original starred Gena Rowlands as the moll on the run who winds up as the reluctant babysitter to a cute kid. This time it's Sharon Stone and the ad line reads "Big mouth, big attitude." While to that you can also add big hair and incredibly big heels, the film is not big on character depth and development.
   Gloria is fresh out of jail where she did three years for a crime for which boyfriend Kevin (Jeremy Northam) was apparently responsible. Like the cad he is, he has spent her share of the loot, and when she protests he smacks her in the mouth.
   She gets her revenge by taking off with a seven-year-old (Jean-Luke Figueroa) whose family has been whacked by Kevin's gang but who happens to have their complete financial records, including names of bribed cops and politicians, on a computer disk in his pocket.
   It is well enough acted and the film has a nice authentic look, but the characters are pedestrian and there are absolutely no surprises-a big disappointment from a director of the stature of Sidney Lumet, who has brought us such memorable films as "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Serpico." "Gloria" does have one very good car chase, but it doesn't say a lot for a movie when that is about as good as it gets.
   One positive note is the low-key performance by Figueroa as the kid. It seems unlikely he will suffer the same fate as John Adames, the 1980 tyke, who for his first (and apparently only) acting job received a Razzie. Starring Sharon Stone, Jeremy Northam, Cathy Moriarity and Jean-Luke Figueroa. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Steven Antin. Produced by Gary Foster and Lee Rich. A Columbia release. Drama. Rated R for violence and language. Running time: 107 min
Tags: Starring Sharon Stone, Jeremy Northam, Cathy Moriarity, Jean-Luke Figueroa. Directed by Sidney Lumet, Written by Steven Antin, Produced by Gary Foster, Lee Rich, Cathy Moriarity and Jean-Luke Figueroa. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Steven Antin. Produced by Gary Foster and Lee Rich, Columbia, Drama
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