PG | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Described by executive producer Sam Shaw as "a poor man's Dakota", the filming location of an apartment at 800 Riverside Drive was an equally remarkable building that still retained traces of its former elegance and the charm of a more leisured era. Like the Concourse Plaza, it suffered a period of decline, then was taken over by the city, which recently sold it to the tenants. With the help of federal funds, the owners were working to restore it to its original glory. Even in its condition at the time, the apartments would turn the average city-dweller green with envy. They were large, airy and high ceilinged, most with two or more bathrooms, full-sized dining rooms and many closets. The kitchens were spacious and usually adjoined by pantries. Three different apartments in 800 Riverside Drive serve as Gloria's sister's pad (a temporary hideout for Phil and Gloria), mob leader Tony Tanzini's headquarters, and a hotel room. The imagination and taste of production designer Rene D'Auriac, assistant art director John Dapper, and set decorator John Godfrey, transformed the rooms in both the Concourse Plaza and 800 Riverside Drive into appropriate settings for the movie's characters. Writer-director John Cassavetes, who supervises every detail from make up to lighting on his films, chuckled: "In the beginning, I had to instruct them in bad taste, but now they're beginning to revel in it". Cassavetes wouldn't allow D' Auriac to touch the graffiti in the Concourse Plaza."You'll win an Academy Award", Cassavetes told D' Auriac.
I'm not going with you.
Gloria Swenson: Hey; I got no time to play games with you, kid.
Phil Dawn: I am the man. I am the man. I am the man, do you hear me? I am the man! I am the man! Not you, you're not the man! Do you hear me?I'll do anything I can. I am the man!
When Phil boards the train, the shot has been reversed, as evidenced by backwards lettering on the signs on the train and the platform.
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