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
And she's out to beat the mob at their own game.
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Did You Know?
Prior to the start of rehearsals on Gloria
(1980), five weeks were spent searching for possible contenders for the role of Phil Dawn. Every acting agency in New York was contacted for spirited, intelligent youngsters ranging from age five to seven. In addition, eight talent scouts were hired and sent out to thoroughly scour the city's boroughs - visiting schools, after-hours programs, Saturday club groups, local playgrounds and, of course, the streets. After talking to likely candidates, they called their parents and explained what the movie was about and what working on it would entail. By the time they finished, there were four hundred candidates. On a Saturday morning in late June, the hopefuls were invited to the fashionable disco "New York, New York," to meet and be interviewed by John Cassavetes
. A horde of children, some with just their parents, others with their entire family for support, jammed into the club. Not every candidate made it due to illness, previous engagements, or just plain stage fright caused no-shows. But over a period of five hours, Cassavetes personally interviewed over three hundred young boys. From that assembly, seven-year-old John Adames
came out the champ. See more
You let a WOMAN beat ya, huh?
[yelling at mobsters in the subway as she and the boy are escaping