Wishin' and Hopin' (film)
|Wishin' and Hopin'|
|Directed by||Colin Theys|
|Written by||John Doolan|
|Music by||Matthew Llewellyn|
|Distributed by||Synthetic Cineyma International|
November 23, 2014|
December 6, 2014
Wishin' and Hopin' is a 2014 American coming of age comedy film starring Wyatt Ralff, Molly Ringwald, Chevy Chase and Annabella Sciorra based on the novel Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb. Filmed in and around Norwich, Connecticut, the film received a limited theatrical release at the Garde Arts Center on November 23, 2014 and premiered on Lifetime on December 6, 2014.
Fifth-grader Felix Funicello (Ralff), the cousin of famous Mickey Mouse Club Mousekteer and teen idol/movie actress Annette Funicello, lives in the fictional small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut. In 1964, he and his classmates at St. Aloyius Gonzaga Parochial School have a momentous fall semester after lay substitute teacher Madame Frechette (Ringwald) and Zhenya, a new student from Russia, arrive. Madame Frechette implements a new concept for the school's Christmas pageant and competition for key roles ensues. The story is narrated in the present day by Felix as an adult (Chase).
- Wyatt Ralff as Felix Funicello
- Chevy Chase as Adult Felix
- Molly Ringwald as Madame Frechette
- Annabella Sciorra as Ma
- Conchata Ferrell as Sister Agrippina
- Cheri Oteri as Sister Dymphna
- Danny Nucci as Pop
- Meat Loaf as Monsignor Muldoon
- Jesse James as Chino
- Sosie Bacon as Frances Funicello
- Siobhan Cohen as Zhenya
- Quinn McColgan as Rosalie Twerski
- Krysta Rodriguez as Annette Funicello
- Blanche Baker as Mother Filomena
- Camila Banus as Simone Funicello
- Shawn Ervin as Lonny
- "Wally Lamb's 'Wishin' and Hopin' is headed to the big screen". http://insidemovies.ew.com. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- "‘Wishin’ & Hopin’" - filmed in and around the Rose City - debuts at the Garde". http://www.theday.com. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- "‘Wishin’ and Hopin’’ debuts to a sold-out house at the Garde". http://www.theday.com. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- "Wishin' and Hopin' to air on Lifetime". http://www.nfaschool.org. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
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