Gloria (1980)
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Gloria Swenson is one of the 10 worst movie mentors

WHO IS SHE? Hard-boiled Mob moll Gloria (Gena Rowlands) finds herself on the lam and protecting a little boy, Phil (John Adames, left), after her associates kill his family (dad was a Mob accountant, and Phil now has his ledger).

BAD INFLUENCE Gloria is the kind of dame who smokes, drinks (she hangs out in bars that serve cocktails while most folks are eating breakfast), and shacks up with Mobsters. She’s also handy with a pistol. Maternal she’s not.

REDEEMING QUALITIES Ultimately, Gloria is as fiercely protective as a lioness sheltering her cub.

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