May 28, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

If somebody had to play the Gena Rowlands role in this needless remake of a 1980 John Cassavetes film, Stone’s the dame. As a gangster’s ex-girlfriend stuck protecting a boy the Mob wants to whack, she’s tough, tart, and, behind the brassy facade, a real softy. But the way director Sidney Lumet has reworked the script, Gloria winds up so maternal it gets mawkish. Cassavetes’ story was about the growing bond between a streetwise broad and a feisty tyke. Yet where Rowlands made a great show of keeping up her hardboiled appearances, Stone tries to jerk our tears with too many of her own. C

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Movie
mpaa
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director
Sidney Lumet
Cast
Jean-Luke Figueroa,
Cathy Moriarty,
Jeremy Northam,
George C. Scott
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