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.
The production notes for the picture state that the filmmaker John Cassavetes and eight talent scouts spent around five weeks searching for a child actor "ranging from age five to seven" to be cast as the seven year old boy character of Phil Dawn. The casting call... ...
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!
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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