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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 »




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gigot
... Gigot's Father
... Lou
... Ira
... Arleen
... Jamal
... Gloria
... Jamal's Sister
Michelle Sweeney ... Jamal's Grandmother
... Falling Ceiling Woman (as Alex Castillo)
... Joe
Crystal ... Gigot's Monkey
Anastasia Tsar ... Coffee Shop Waitress
Cecile Cristobal ... Coffee Shop Girl
Minor Mustain ... Truck Driver


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 »




Release Date:

21 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le bonnet de laine  »

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Did You Know?


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


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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16 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I do love W. H. Macy, but this pretentious, idealized portrayal of poor urban society is an unfortunate vehicle for his talent. This is a bold attempt at retelling the heart-felt saga of the classic Gleason epic which shows some promise, but the tone of the production follows similar treatments of gritty lore in the tradition of "The Warriors" and "Fame". It's as if out of work off-Broadway thespians were engaged as a springboard for Mr. Macy's shining persona resulting in a simulacrum of the reality of the ugliness and desperation of this all-too-real slice of life that gives way to melodrama bathed in an atmosphere of shabby chic. For those of us who delight in the mastery and emotion that is "Gigo", this cable television Tchotchke is like a clam without a pearl.

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