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Gloria (1980)

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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Tony Knesich ...
1st Man - Gangster
Gregory Cleghorne ...
Kid in Elevator
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Jack Dawn
John Adames ...
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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She attempted to beat the mob at their own game. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Gena Rowlands and Lawrence Tierney had previously played a husband and wife in A Child Is Waiting (1963), which was likewise directed by John Cassavetes. 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 »

Quotes

Gloria Swenson: If I'm gonna get you out of here, I gotta have your help.
Phil Dawn: How can I help you?
Gloria Swenson: They're gonna kill us, you little jackass... I don't wanna die!
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"I am the man! I am the man!"
18 December 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This film's cinematography and musical score captures the seedy underbelly of 1970's New York City in the same way "Taxi Driver" and "The French Connection" do. Gloria takes on the mob after they murder her friend's family and seek out the little boy who Gloria helped escape his families execution and who hold's a valuable item. The unlikely pair weave through the streets of NYC until they figure out what to do. Some great Stylistic suspense throughout. Directed and written by the late John Cassavetes.

Don't waste your time on Sharon Stone's remake - this is the one to see.


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