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Gigot (1962)

Jackie Gleason plays a mute janitor who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gigot
Katherine Kath ... Colette
... Madame Brigitte
... Gaston
... Jean
... Alphonse (as Albert Remy)
Yvonne Constant ... Lucille Duval
Germaine Delbat ... Madame Greuze
Albert Dinan ... Bistro Proprietor
Diane Gardner ... Nicole
... Pierre (as Franck Villard)
Camille Guérini ... Priest (as Camille Guerini)
René Havard ... Albert
Louis Falavigna ... Monsieur Duval
Jean Michaud ... Gendarme
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A poignant comedy about a mute who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute. Gleason shows his considerable talents as an actor without uttering a sound as he plays the bumbling, kind-hearted janitor, Gigot. Gleason wrote the original story and music for this film. Written by Charlie Watkins <watkinsck@msn.com>

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A new joy has come to the screen... and the world is a happier place to live in!

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November 1962 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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One of the best examples of an actor out of his comfort zone. Unlike anything else he did before. See more »

Quotes

Alphonse: Would you say this Gigot has a good mind?
Madame Brigitte: As good as you will find in the chamber of the Senate.
Alphonse: That is not good enough.
Gaston: [writing in his notebook] That - is - not - good...
Alphonse: Do not write that down.
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A forgotten gem. Gleason's finest work
5 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

This splendid film is a lost masterpiece. Most everyone I talk to that has seen it, saw it on a local television matinée. So far as I can tell it is not available on video. This wonderful film has fallen between the cracks somehow but the discovery of it only adds to it's charm. Like a rare natural wonder hidden far off the beaten path some afternoon, you may be trudging through your day and stumble onto this film, a beautiful sentimental picture.

If you like Capra, you will love Gigot. Not for the dark of heart or impatient, this film will move you to tears. It has the feel of a small foreign film, but has the heart as big as any film ever made. Directed by Gene Kelly, the set's are wonderful, the acting subtle and superb, the music perfect and most important of all "The Great One" Jackie Gleason's performance as the mute Gigot has a depth and pathos that few actors have ever achieved. I wonder if John Candy wasn't partially reflecting on 'Gigot' when he played his Del Griffeth character in 'Planes, Trains...' There is something behind these actors performances that could not have been acting. Like Buster Keaton, one gets the sense that deep down, the character is a reflection of the pain the actor truly feels. Check your local listings to see if this is playing and record it. A 10 out of 10.


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