Tough street-wise NYC gun-moll Gloria is released on parole from a Florida prison after serving three-years by taking the rap for her untrustworthy gang leader boyfriend Kevin, now living in her loft apartment and working out of it with his henchmen. On her return to the city, Gloria discovers there’s a 7-year-old Puerto Rican kid in her loft apartment, Nicky, and his family was just executed by the gang in their Washington Height’s apartment and the kid’s also marked for execution. The kid has in his possession a floppy disk, made by his mob employed accountant father, revealing bribes to politicians and police. Dad wanted to use the disk as insurance that nothing would happen to him if he had a fallout with the gang, but foolishly blabbed. When the mob came looking for the disk, dad refused to give it up. Gloria, being pissed that Kevin refuses to keep his word and give her the money he promised her for taking the rap, grabs a gun from one of the goons and makes the gang strip and impulsively flees with the kid and disk in Kevin’s luxury car.
There’s long chases through the city’s Washington Heights section, as Gloria manages without a plan to allude the ruthless mobsters. When the gang finally nabs the kid, Gloria meets with her ex-lover, the big crime boss, Ruby, and arranges to make a deal. —Ozu’s World of Movie Reviews
Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more
*1/2. Sharon Stone doesn't have any charisma at all and the kid neither. When the viewer focuses on the villains because the heroes are not interesting, there's really something rotten in the film mechanism. Already forgotten.