Under the masterful direction of husband John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands delivers a gutsy, spellbinding performance in this excellent crime film.
Rowlands is the title character, a woman in her 40s who lives alone with her cats and her savings, compiled by turning tricks with high-placed mobsters. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her neighbor, Mafia accountant Jack Dawn (Buck Henry), and his family are exterminated by the mob. Their
eight-year-old son Philip (Juan Adames), whom the Dawns left in Gloria's care, is the only survivor and it's then up to Gloria to protect the boy from mob hit men.
Rowlands is brilliant as the apprehensive woman who finds in h...