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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySidney Lumet
Screenplay bySteve Antin
Based onGloria
1980 film
by John Cassavetes
Produced byGary Foster
Lee Rich
CinematographyDavid Watkin
Edited byTom Swartwout
Music byHoward Shore
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • January 22, 1999 (1999-01-22)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million
Box office$4.2 million

Gloria is a 1999 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet and stars Sharon Stone as Gloria. It is a remake of the 1980 film of the same name that was written and directed by John Cassavetes. It is also notable as George C. Scott's final theatrically released film. The supporting cast also includes Jeremy Northam, Cathy Moriarty-Gentile, Bonnie Bedelia, and Barry McEvoy.


Gloria (Sharon Stone) has just gotten out of prison, where she has served three years to save her boyfriend, Kevin (Jeremy Northam). During her stay in prison, she thinks about how Kevin never once visited her. She tells Kevin that the relationship is over and that all she wants is the money he promised her for taking the rap for him. He refuses to give it to her.

Meanwhile, the gang's accountant has tried to protect himself by creating a computer disk with the names of all those involved in the outfit's criminal activities. The plan backfires, and—in trying to get the disk—one of Kevin's trigger-happy henchmen kills the accountant, his wife, his mother-in-law and his daughter. Only his seven-year-old son Nicky (Jean-Luke Figueroa) escapes, but is quickly caught and brought to Kevin's apartment. It is there that Gloria and Nicky meet. Gloria must decide whether or not to risk her life in order to save the boy.

Gloria begins to feel love for the young boy as his innocence and intelligent nature inspires her. She tells him that she hates kids and that is why she doesn’t have kids. She lectures him to get used to this world and to grow up on his own. She then tries to ditch him in a subway, but Nicky comes back. As Gloria and Nicky spend more time together, they both develop feelings for each other. The boy sees news reports of his family being killed by the mob and runs away from the hotel room he and Gloria were staying in. Gloria follows in pursuit and Nicky gets on the train to go back to his family's apartment. Unable to catch Nicky before he gets on the train; Gloria is frantic and tells the cops her kid is on that train heading to 158th Street. After the cops apprehend Nicky, he and Gloria go back to the hotel room and Gloria gives Nicky a bath. Lying awake Gloria hears Nicky wake up. He asks "Did it really happen?"



The movie received negative reviews and Stone received a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress, where she lost to Heather Donahue for The Blair Witch Project.[1][2][3] The film was also a box office bomb grossing only $4,197,729 at the North American box office despite its $30 million budget.[4] Gloria currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 29 reviews.


  1. ^ "Gloria Review | Movie Reviews and News". 1999-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  2. ^ Mathews, Jack (2004-10-27). "Remake of Cassavetes' 'Gloria' Is Mostly an Acting Exercise - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  3. ^ Van, Lawrence (1999-01-23). "Movie Review - Gloria - FILM REVIEW; Tough Moll With Heart Of Mush". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  4. ^ "'Varsity Blues' Runs to Daylight to Stay No. 1 - Los Angeles Times". 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2014-02-19.