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The Wool Cap

4.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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THE WOOL CAP is an edgy yet poignant drama that tells the story of Gigot, a mute building superintendent who is tortured by his past but finds new life when he befriends Lou, a bright young girl who is abandoned by her mother. Their troubled lives collide when each of them is tested to overcome their demons. However, by seeking out his estranged father (Beatty) and with the help of Ira (Rickles), an elderly tenant in Gigot's building and Gloria (O'Hara), Gigot's supportive girlfriend, Gigot and Lou are able to put their lives back together.

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The well-worn, everyman face of William H. Macy anchors The Wool Cap, which carefully walks the perilous line between sentiment and sap. Gigot (Macy, Fargo), mute since a car accident damaged his throat, maintains a decaying apartment building where one of his tenants abruptly leaves--leaving behind her pre-teen daughter Lou (Keke Palmer, Akeelah and the Bee). Naturally, Gigot and Lou end up forming a make-shift family; but The Wool Cap is smart enough not to make the journey too simple or too easy. The movie takes intriguing side trips. Gigot's ambigious relationship with Gloria (the always great Catherine O'Hara, A Mighty Wind), troubles with his father (Ned Beatty, Hear My Song, Deliverance), and the trenchant rants of Ira (Don Rickles, Casino) give The Wool Cap a tart, bittersweet edge. Even the inevitable warmth between Gigot and Lou faces some hurdles to give it some richness. Based on a story by classic comedian Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners), the screenplay for this well-produced TV movie was co-written by Macy himself. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Ned Beatty, Keke Palmer, Don Rickles, Cherise Boothe
  • Directors: Steven Schachter
  • Writers: William H. Macy, Steven Schachter, Jackie Gleason
  • Producers: David A. Rosemont, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Frances Croke Page, Irene Litinsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R4TIU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wool Cap" on IMDb

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Admittedly based on the Jackie Gleason classic "Gigot," this film will have you reaching for the tissues as it pulls your heartstrings. William H Macy does an amazing silent performance. Family friendly, heartwarming, highly recommended!
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Taped this back before Christmas because it got good reviews. Finally got to watch it today and immediately checked Amazon to see if there was a DVD (won't be out til June). Reviews commented on how it was like the Jackie Gleason film Gigot (another one of my all time favorites) - similar premise in the beginning, but that's where it ends. Funny and sad - will make you hug your child if you have one.
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William Macy shows incredible talent and warmth in this story about transformation and reconciliation. We see the depth of his talent here especially in that he plays the entire role as a mute, and must rely solely on his eyes, facial expressions and body language to communicate-- and he does so superbly. You won't be sorry if you rent or buy this film
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Take a Hallmark production and slate it for broadcast during the Christmas season, and most times you have a guaranteed recipe for schmaltz. Fortunately, in the case of The Wool Cap, a 2004 movie now available on DVD, the result is an honest, human movie whose gritty edge and powerful performances keep it fresh, even if it is predictable.

A remake of Jackie Gleason's classic, Gigot, the story unfolds along initially familiar lines. Hard luck, crusty, frequently intoxicated janitor "Chico," played here by William H. Macy, finds himself the unwilling and decidedly unofficial guardian of a captivating, if troublesome, young girl named Lou. But from the beginning Macy the screenwriter does Macy the actor an enormous favor by tossing out the Frank Capra conventions and setting Chico and Lou in the unvarnished (but equally unexaggerated) ghetto. In the opening twenty minutes of this film, at the same time we are getting to know the main characters, we are also getting a feeling for their hardscrabble world of losers, drug addicts, violence, fear and general hopelessness. If the perky, young hooker upstairs seems too pat and too Hollywood, Macy's screenplay shrewdly balances her with the shopworn, older hooker who reserves Wednesdays for Chico alone...apparently one of only two human relationships Fate and Chico himself have allowed him to maintain. Where earlier efforts along these lines would have had Lou's parents die in a "terrible accident," or in an anonymous and random act of war, Macy's screenplay firmly roots the story in the case files of today, by having Lou abandoned by a drug befogged mother who later dies of an OD. Making the situation all the more grim, Chico is a mute, rendered speechless by a car accident almost thirty years ago.
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Of our approximately 1200 DVDs, this is one of my top five favorites. I cannot think of another movie where the lead actor never utters a word, yet expresses so much emotion. This is really a story of tragedy and redemption. Unlike so many so-called "Christian movies," God, faith, prayer, etc. is never mentioned. But it is shown by example. The First Commandment is to love God; the Second is to love others. Gigot shows this by loving little Lou even though her mom is a prostitute and junkie, and Lou is an undisciplined handful. He does this selflessly in spite of his own limitations (being mute) and hidden tragedy.

When things get to their lowest, and all seems hopeless, Gigot returns to church, although he has apparently not gone in years. After he reverently looks at the statues and plaques, in a state of prayer, he leaves the church renewed. It is then that redemption and positive changes takes place in his and Lou's life.

For parents who would like to show their kids movies with positive Christian or Spiritual (i.e. Godly) values without ramming religion down their throats, "The Wool Cap" is a wise choice.
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My son introduced me to this movie, and immediately it became my all time favorite William H. Macy movies. His acting is stellar. We all remember "Jerry Lundegaard" from "FARGO", now "Frank Gallagher" from SHOWTIME'S "SHAMELESS. The Wool Cap shows such a different side to Macy's acting skills,or should I say gift. Macy plays a mute, if you can believe that, who wides up caring for a left behind young girl in an apartment building he does maintenance work in.I can go on & on about this movie, everyone has their own opinion & taste in the movies they watch.But Anyone who watches this 5 star movie will either keep it for their own collection, or gift it to someone who enjoys this heartwarming movie.
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Not a huge William H Macy fan. But the guy can act. This film is full of emotion. I saw it come up on a number of sites top 20 Christmas movies of all time. Thought I would give it a shot. Like others say, just like Gigot. But this is much updated version. Sad movie, but also a great movie. It goes great with Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, 34th street, Its a Wonderful Life...
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I remember watching this movie when it was first on television and thinking that it was a great movie. I guess my wife liked it a lot more than me, because she's been after me for years to find a copy of it somewhere so she could watch it again. Thank God for Amazon. I once again have a very happy wife. The movie is great . I'd recommend this movie to anyone that is into heartwarming, make you feel good type movies.
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