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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
Jack Dawn
Phil Dawn
Lupe Garnica ...
Margarita Vargas
Jessica Castillo ...
Joan Dawn
2nd Man / Gangster
Ronald Maccone ...
3rd Man / Gangster
George Yudzevich ...
Heavy Set Man
Gloria Swenson
Irish Cop (as Gary Klar)
William E. Rice ...
TV Newscaster
Frank Belgiorno ...
Riverside Drive Man #5
Riverside Drive Man #4
Riverside Drive Man #7
Riverside Drive Man #8
Harry Madsen ...
Riverside Drive Man #6
Shanton Granger ...
Car Flip Cabbie
John Pavelko ...
Bank Teller
Assistant Bank Manager (as Raymond Baker)
Ross Charap ...
Ron / Vault
Irvin Graham ...
Clerk / Adams Hotel
Michael Proscia ...
Uncle Joe
T.S. Rosenbaum ...
Desk Clerk / Star Hotel
Santos Morales ...
N.Y. Cemetery Cabbie
Meta Shaw Stevens ...
Hostess (as Meta Shaw)
Marilyn Putnam ...
Gaetano Lisi ...
Richard M. Kaye ...
Penn Station Hood #3
Steve Lefkowitz ...
Penn Station Hood #5
George Poidomani ...
Penn Station Hood #4
Broadway Bartender
Asa Adil Qawee ...
E. 104th Street Cab Driver
Vincent Pecorella ...
Boy in Bitch Mother's Apt
Iris Fernandez ...
Bitch Mother #1
Jade Bari ...
Bitch Mother #2
David Resnick ...
Subway Person #2
Thomas J. Buckman ...
Man in Newark Station
Joe Dabenigno ...
Man in Newark Station
John M. Sefakis ...
Greek Cashier
Walter Dukes ...
Newark Cabbie
Janet Ruben ...
Lincoln Tunnel Cabbie
Ferruccio Hrvatin ...
Guillermo D'Antoni
Basilio Franchina ...
Tony Tanzini
Carl Levy ...
Milt Cohen
Warren Selvaggi ...
Pat Donovan
Nathan Seril ...
The Baron
Vladimir Drazenovic ...
Edward Jacobs ...
Desk Clerk / Newark Hotel
Brad Johnston ...
1st Traveler
Pittsburgh Cabbie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kid Playing on Street (uncredited)
Maja Niles ...
Tourist (uncredited)
Jerry Schram ...
Bank Customer (uncredited)
Filomena Spagnuolo ...
Old Lady (uncredited)

Directed by

John Cassavetes

Written by

John Cassavetes ... (written by)

Produced by

Stephen F. Kesten ... associate producer (as Steve Kesten)
Sam Shaw ... producer (produced by)

Music by

Bill Conti

Cinematography by

Fred Schuler ... director of photography

Film Editing by

George C. Villaseñor

Editorial Department

Lori Blounstein ... assistant editor (as Lori Bloustein)

Casting By

Vic Ramos

Art Direction by

Rene D'Auriac

Set Decoration by

John Godfrey

Costume Design by

Peggy Farrell

Makeup Department

Vincent Callaghan ... makeup artist (as Vince Callahan)
Verne Caruso ... hair stylist

Production Management

Stephen F. Kesten ... production manager (as Steve Kesten)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Penney Finkelman Cox ... dga trainee (as Penny Finkleman)
Tom Fritz ... second assistant director
Michael Haley ... first assistant director (as Mike Haley)
Gaetano Lisi ... second unit director

Art Department

Romare Bearden ... paintings
William Lucek ... chargeman scenic (as Bill Lucek)
Walter Stocklin ... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Dave Weinman ... leadman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Wayne Artman ... re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert ... re-recording mixer
Jeff Bushelman ... sound effects
Stan Gordon ... sound
Jack C. Jacobsen ... sound mixer
Michael Jiron ... re-recording mixer
Dennis Maitland ... sound mixer (as Dennis Maitland Sr.)
Tod A. Maitland ... boom operator (as Tod Maitland)
James Perdue ... sound recordist
Daniel Rosenblum ... sound recordist (as Danny Rosenblum)
Pat Somerset ... sound effects

Special Effects by

Connie Brink ... special effects
Al Griswold ... special effects (as Al Griswald)
Ron Ottesen ... special effects


Victoria Vanderkloot ... stunt double
Sonny Landham ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Harry Madsen ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Alex Stevens ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Lou Barlia ... camera operator
Anthony Brooke Jr. ... first assistant camera
Ricki-Ellen Brooke ... second assistant camera
Sandy Brooke ... first assistant camera
Jessica Burstein ... still photographer
Ken Connors ... best boy
Adger W. Cowans ... still photographer (as Adger Cowan)
Craig DiBona ... camera operator b
Russell Engels ... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
Dennis Gamiello ... key grip
Peter Garbarini ... aerial photographer (as Peter Gabarini)
John Mazzoni ... dolly grip
Tom Volpe ... best boy
Tom Kerwick ... grip (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Robert Paone ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Marilyn Putnam ... wardrobe
Emanuel Ungaro ... clothes: Miss Rowlands

Location Management

James E. Foote ... location manager (as Jim Foote)

Music Department

Cliff Kohlweck ... music editor (as Clifford C. Kohlweck)
Tony Ortega ... musician: saxophone
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer
Bill Conti ... conductor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Nancy Hopton ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

James Giblin ... transportation captain (as Jim Giblin)
Robert Buckman ... driver (uncredited)
Thomas Buckman ... driver (uncredited)
Richard Holston ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Kate Barker ... assistant: John Cassavetes
Chip Cronkite ... production assistant
Eileen Eichenstein ... production office coordinator
Robert Fieldsteel ... assistant to producer
Elizabeth Gazzara ... production assistant (as Liz Gazzara)
Ann Guerin ... publicist
Susan Hoffman ... auditor
Richard M. Kaye ... dialogue coach (as Richard Kaye)
John Kullers ... field man (as John 'Red' Kullers)
Harvey Portee ... production assistant
Gary Shapiro ... special project coordinator Columbia Pictures
Sam Shaw ... title designer
Jed Weaver ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

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, which is not easy because of their love/hate relationship and the fact that precocious Phil has a mind of his own. That plan includes what to do with the book, but more importantly how to save Phil as the mob would still be after him regardless of the book just in case he knows something about his father's dealings. All through their ordeal, Gloria is not averse to shooting to kill, especially if those who she is trying to kill are trying to kill her and Phil first. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines She attempted to beat the mob at their own game. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • One Summer Night (United States)
  • Glòria (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Gloria - gangsteriheila (Finland)
  • Glória (Portugal)
  • Γκλόρια (Greece)
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  • 123 min
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Trivia John Cassavetes rounded up actual gangsters and various criminals for the scene in Tony Tanzini (Basilio Franchina)'s apartment. Cassavetes solicited their opinions about the realism of the scene. One professional hit man got into an argument with Cassavetes about how the scene would have really taken place if he were in that situation. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Why Would I Lie?, Terror Train, Gloria, Private Benjamin (1980). See more »
Quotes 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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