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, ...
She attempted to beat the mob at their own game.
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Did You Know?
employed an unusual and rather ingenious method to cast Juan Adames (aka John Adames
) as the character of Phil Dawn. Cassavetes held a casting call in a New York disco with hundreds of children and their parents together in the same room. A lot of the parents complained, but Cassavetes wanted a child who was tough enough to stand out in such an intimidating situation. 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
[Gloria and Phil try to check in to a hotel, but, the clerk refuses them
He don't know the score, he sees a dame like you, and a guy like me, he don't know.