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The Wool Cap (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 21 November 2004
The mute superintendent of a ramshackle apartment building, becomes the unwilling guardian of a little girl with an attitude.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 nominations. See more awards »
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Gigot
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Gigot's Father
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Lou
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Ira
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Arleen
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Jamal
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Gloria
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Jamal's Sister
Michelle Sweeney ...
Jamal's Grandmother
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Falling Ceiling Woman (as Alex Castillo)
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Joe
Crystal ...
Gigot's Monkey
Anastasia Tsar ...
Coffee Shop Waitress
Cecile Cristobal ...
Coffee Shop Girl
Minor Mustain ...
Truck Driver

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A Christmas story. Charlie Gigot is a mute super at a dingy New York apartment building; he always wears a wool cap. One winter, a woman leaves her daughter Lou with Gigot, promising to be back the next day. Mom flakes out, and Gigot - who's down and out, probably with post-traumatic stress syndrome, has a drinking problem, and lives in a basement junk heap with a pet monkey - tries to find someone who will take Lou in. Winter gives way to spring; Gigot reluctantly becomes, in fits and starts, a parent. What if Lou's mom doesn't return; what are Charlie's options? His past may hold an answer. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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mute | hat | telefilm | See All (3) »

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and sensuality | See all certifications »
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21 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Der Schutzengel  »

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The wool cap leading man William H. Macy wears in this TV movie, was actually knitted by his wife Felicity Huffman. See more »

Quotes

Ira: Beaureaucrats. Whenever you get a chance, you've got to blow smoke up their ass. Greases the wheels down the line.
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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Eh.
6 September 2006 | by (California, US.) – See all my reviews

So, over all I have to say that I liked this movie. It was a little schmaltzy, but good enough... Until I got to the last ten minutes, where the director essentially said "Uh-oh, I'm almost out of time, Ted Turner's going to kill me. I'd better wrap it up," before summoning the almighty Deus Ex Machina to finish it for him. My honest suggestion? Watch right up until you see a set of doors open, turn off the movie and write your own ending--it'll undoubtedly be less insulting to your intelligence.

As for the rest of the movie? Superb. No, I mean it, I scathe the ending, but I really loved the rest of it. Without the last ten minutes, go ahead and double the score I gave it above. William H. Macy does a brilliant job of conveying every emotion without saying a word. Don Rickles is, well... Don Rickles. Enough said. I bought this movie on the strength that it had both of them, and I was definitely not disappointed in the job they did. Keke Palmer will grow up to be a big name. I'm as certain of that as I am that the ending was the worst ending to a movie I've seen since Blood Work, but that's neither here nor there.


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