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?
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
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
In exactly twenty seconds I'm going to start shooting through that door, so get down on your stomachs!
Gloria, what are you doing?
I'm saving your life, stupid.