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His Good Will (2008)

TV-G | | Short | 31 July 2008 (USA)
A heart-warming story set in 1950 about a young boy struggling against poverty in a small town, and how his innocence and optimism, in the simplest of ways, touch those around him.


Cayman Grant


Cayman Grant
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donis Leonard Jr. ... Will
James Avery ... Mr. Cooper
Ashley Jones ... Dorothy
Arita Trahan ... Mary Lou
Kris Deskins ... Woman in Diner
Debbie Flynn Debbie Flynn ... Black Woman on Street
Jake Gray Jake Gray ... Son
Ryan Sterling Ryan Sterling ... Father / Diner Patron
Ashley Sheehan Ashley Sheehan ... Mother
Pete Brown ... Townsman
Sean Scarborough Sean Scarborough ... Fry Cook
Rich Martin Rich Martin ... Black Man in Diner
Rick Burns Rick Burns ... Man with Large Fries
Annette Rodriguez Annette Rodriguez ... Diner Patron
Daniel Cady Daniel Cady ... Diner Patron


It's sometime in the 1950s in a southern American town. Will is a poor young black boy, who collects pop bottles, often rummaging through garbage cans, to earn some pocket money, often just to eat. Mr. Cooper, who takes Will's bottles, does whatever he can to help Will while leaving him with a sense that it is not charity. Others that don't know Will but see him on the street perceive him just to be a scruffy street kid not worth their time. But Will's encounter with a waitress, who dismisses him like most of the others, may forever change her perspective. Written by Huggo

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31 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Wow! Oscar worthy.
13 November 2009 | by davegistSee all my reviews

Unlike other films which try to use brutality and ignorance as a social conscience raising vehicle by beating you over the head, this film touches on issues of race, poverty, and human kindness in a very subtle manner. Told through the adventure of a small child, it has a wonderful twist at the end that will make your heart feel warm. One of my own films has been in several film festivals competing against "His Good Will" and I honestly didn't stand a chance. In fact this short film has forced me to find out if it is entered in a festival before I waste my entry fees because it has won every time I'm up against it. It has blown nearly all other short films out of the water. It even garnered acceptance in the Official Academy Award Short Film category. Not to mention that IMDb has recommended other films "like it". 'In the Heat of the Night' (5 Oscars) 'To Kill a Mocking Bird.'(3 Oscars) and now 'Precious' which will certainly win some Oscars. I will continue to make movies because it is what I've been doing for over 30 years but I can only aspire to make the kind of films this young director Cayman Grant makes. My hat is off to her. Whatever you do, find this film and see it. It will truly touch your heart.

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