The Wool Cap
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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.Read more ›
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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I really like William Macy, He is a great actor.Its cool how he played a Vietnam Veteran,Just like myself. Robert! 11-13-2015Published 8 months ago by Robert A. Farrell
This movie is a family friendly story worthy of becoming a holiday classic! William H. Macy gives the performance of a lifetime!! Overall one of my top holiday pics annually!Published 13 months ago by Kat