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
She attempted to beat the mob at their own game.
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Did You Know?
in "Cassavetes on Cassavetes" (2001) said this movie was "the film [writer-director John] Cassavetes believed in least of any of the work he had done" since directing the Stanley Kramer
produced A Child Is Waiting
(1963) where Cassavetes had hated being involved with Kramer, yet Gloria
(1980) got "the most favorable reviews of any film [Cassavetes] ever made". See more
You let a WOMAN beat ya, huh?
[yelling at mobsters in the subway as she and the boy are escaping