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Gloria (1980)

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:
Tony Knesich ...
1st Man - Gangster
Gregory Cleghorne ...
Kid in Elevator
Jack Dawn
John Adames ...
Lupe Garnica ...
Margarita Vargas
Jessica Castillo ...
Joan Dawn
2nd Man - Gangster
Ronald Maccone ...
3rd Man - Gangster
George Yudzevich ...
Heavy Set Man
Gary Howard Klar ...
Irish Cop (as Gary Klar)
William E. Rice ...
TV Newscaster
Frank Belgiorno ...
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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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She's tough...but she sides with the little guy. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

1 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Summer Night  »

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John Adames was discovered by the casting director's sister. While her brother was searching for a child actor to play Phil, she heard about a bright boy who lived in her neighborhood. She found Adames and the casting director went to his school and asked him to audition. See more »


When Phil boards the train, the shot has been reversed, as evidenced by backwards lettering on the signs on the train and the platform. See more »


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, Goddess of the cinema
10 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

The perfomance of Gena Rowlands is one of the best acting efforts I've ever seen. She's so amazing and credible that still thrill me. She should have won the Oscar. Also, it is remarkable the Bill Conti's score, as well as many of the dialogs. I highly reccomend this movie to all movie-goers.

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