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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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
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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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And she's out to beat the mob at their own game. See more »

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One Summer Night  »

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The character of the boy was originally written by John Cassavetes for then-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer child star Rick Schroder, who had just made a big impact in The Champ (1979) and the studio wanted another vehicle for him so Cassavetes wrote the original script for this picture then known as "One Summer Night". Schroder went on to do other films and was unavailable, MGM then lost interest in the project, and Cassavetes then took the property to the Columbia Pictures studio, and the character was altered to be Puerto Rican. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Gloria Swenson: In exactly twenty seconds I'm going to start shooting through that door, so get down on your stomachs!
Phil Dawn: Gloria, what are you doing?
Gloria Swenson: I'm saving your life, stupid.
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Flawed But Brilliant
8 April 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I caught this on TV once and was blown away by its energy and spontaneity. Gena Rowlands is as good in it as everyone says, with some real surprises. The point about the kid coming out with "grown up" mock-heroic phrases at some points is that he's picked all that stuff up from the movies and listening to his parents' gangster friends. It's supposed to be funny - he keeps shouting "I'm the Man" when he patently isn't.

The movie takes action/gangster movie genre conventions by the scruff of the neck and shakes them till interesting stuff falls out. The editing and cinematography are great. New York looks gritty but beautiful.

True the film is kind of rough round the edges, I guess down to Cassavetes' improvisatory style, however it's a lot more accessible than most of his work and you should see it if you get the chance.


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