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Gloria (1980)

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When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jeri Dawn
Tony Knesich ...
1st Man - Gangster
Gregory Cleghorne ...
Kid in Elevator
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Jack Dawn
John Adames ...
Phil Dawn
Lupe Garnica ...
Margarita Vargas
Jessica Castillo ...
Joan Dawn
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2nd Man - Gangster
Ronald Maccone ...
3rd Man - Gangster
George Yudzevich ...
Heavy Set Man
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Gary Howard Klar ...
Irish Cop (as Gary Klar)
William E. Rice ...
TV Newscaster
Frank Belgiorno ...
Riverside Drive Man #5
J.C. Quinn ...
Riverside Drive Man #4
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Mild mannered Jack Dawn has been secretly working as an accountant for the mob. He, his Puerto Rican wife Jeri, his teen-aged daughter Joan and his mother-in-law, all who were planning on going on the run, are murdered by the mob because Jack was going to inform on them to the FBI. Before they're killed, Jack and Jeri are able to send their six-year old son Phil to Jeri's friend and their neighbor, Gloria Swenson, for safe keeping. Also with Phil is the book which contains all the information Jack was going to turn over. Gloria and Phil have an antagonistic relationship, not so much for who they are but what they are, Phil a kid, and Gloria a strange white woman who hates kids. As an ex-mistress of a mobster, Gloria learns that the people that killed the Dawns are old friends of hers. As Gloria and Phil go on the run both from the mob and from the authorities (who believe she kidnapped Phil) throughout New York City, Gloria has to come up with a plan on how best to save themselves, ... Written by Huggo

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John Cassavetes once described the film as "a very fast-moving, thoughtless piece about gangsters - and I don't even know any gangsters". See more »

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Phil Dawn: You're my mother. You're my father. You're my mother. You're my whole family. You're even my friend, Gloria. You're my girlfriend too.
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gena rowlands
27 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

gena rowlands owns this role; despite a very credible performance in a remake by another actress.there is the law of primacy (one tends to like to first version) but there is also the flavor of new york in ms rowlands acting; and quite possible the influence of her late husband, john cassavettes.she is one of the few actress that always commands my attention in a film. should the opportunity present see her in woman under the influence...exceptional.there is also her role in notebook, which is also a inside look into a marriage and the mental problmes that accompany aging. ms. rowlands exhudes a woman with a mind of her own and a precusor to today's independent women in film. as far as i know there has never been a whisper of inappropriate behavior on her part. a total woman and actor.


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