The mute superintendent of a ramshackle apartment building, becomes the unwilling guardian of a little girl with an attitude.

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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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Rated PG-13 for drug content and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Lou decides to name Gigot's pet monkey Grace. William H. Macy has two daughters, each with the middle name Grace. See more »

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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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Macy's on a winning streak
27 November 2004 | by (Hardwick, Vermont) – See all my reviews

Macy and his partner, Steven Schachter are rolling sevens. They are making the sappy "Johnson and Johnson presents" genre hip. Usually these presentation

are a bunch syrupy-sweet, message-laden, no talent crap but now things have

changed. I kind of wished that the promos had not let on that Macy's character was mute. It would have been even more interesting to wonder why this guy

never spoke instead of being told ahead of time. Keke Palmer proved that child actor don't have to be annoying and Don Rickles and Catherine O'Hara were

awesome in there smallish parts. Ms. O'Hara was excellent in a serious role that had many layers and hardly any time to show all of them. She added the sexy- mature female element the Kathy Baker showed in Macy's other project, Door to Door. Rickles was actually funny without being offensive. Rickles has stood the test of time. William H. Macy is sincere, likable and emotionally and morally complex. Ned Beatty, in the role of Macy's dad, is a solid, consistent actor who never fails to be "real". you can see him in another awesome role in the film, Spring Froward.


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