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Gloria

Machine Gun McCain

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Gloria

Filmmaker John Cassavetes originally wrote the screenplay for this genre melodrama to make money. But when spouse Gena Rowlands was cast in the lead, she asked her husband to direct. A mob accountant (Buck Henry) and his family have been marked for death since Henry has turned informant. When neighbor Gloria (Rowlands), a gang boss’ ex-girlfriend, knocks on the door to borrow some coffee, Henry’s wife begs Gloria to take her kids. Gloria reluctantly agrees, but is only able to spirit away the son when the daughter barricades herself in the bathroom. Minutes afterwards, Gloria hears gunfire, and dragging the kid with her, they go on the run through the boroughs of New York, one step ahead of certain death. One remembers Cassavetes as an actor in Elaine May’s quirky mob drama Mikey and Nicky, not to mention directing his own Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and one wonders what it would have been like if he had made more crime films with his naturalistic style and refusal to follow formulaic conventions.

“Rowlands is typically superb as the tough talking New York moll – half-whore, half-mother… Cassavetes and the two leads keep maudlin sentimentality at bay until the very bitter end… Terrific.” – Time Out

View the full set of US lobby cards for Gloria on the New Beverly forum.

Director
John Cassavetes
Starring
Gena Rowlands, John Adames
Year
1980
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
121 minutes

Machine Gun McCain

Recently released from prison, Machine Gun McCain (John Cassavetes) returns to a life of crime, only to find himself a pawn in a ruthless mob rebellion. But nobody stands between McCain and his money… or his machine gun, erupting an all-out gang war.

“Haunted by a score by Ennio Morricone, Machine Gun McCain is a to-the-bone genre film…  as tight yet rigorous as a crime film could be asked to be.” – Chris Cabin, Slant

Kim Morgan discusses Machine Gun McCain on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Giuliano Montaldo
Starring
John Cassavetes, Britt Ekland, Peter Falk, Gabriele Ferzetti, Luigi Pistilli, Florinda Bolkan and Gena Rowlands
Year
1969
Rated
GP
Country
Italy
Format
IB Technicolor 35mm
Running Time
96 minutes

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