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Chicago Overcoat

4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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The fates of an aging hitman and a washed up detective become entwined when one last job leads to one last chance to settle an old score.

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  • Actors: Frank Vincent, Kathrine Narducci, Mike Starr, Stacy Keach, Armand Assante
  • Directors: Brian Caunter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MTI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JKS996
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,118 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While Chicago Overcoat lacks the strong stories of Goodfellas or Casino, it makes up for it with great cinematography.

The movie follows the story of aging Chicago mobster Lou Marazano, an undervalued wiseguy who spends his days handling collections instead of running the show. Played by Frank Vincent, Lou lives a modest life in a simple apartment, caring only about the well-being of his daughter and grandson. To usher in his retirement, Lou dusts off his guns for a final series of contract killings. But the tension mounts as friends become enemies, and a weathered detective closes in on him.

The good news is that Chicago Overcoat was shot surprisingly well. There's quality cinematography, great use of shadows, and an overall noir vibe to the film. This was director Brian Caunter's first feature film, and he does an excellent job with the visuals.

Frank Vincent, better known as New York boss Phil Leotardo from the Sopranos, offers a solid performance as an old-school mafioso. Armand Assante only gets a few minutes of screen time as Lou's imprisoned boss, but puts his all into the brief performance. Vincent is reunited with former Sopranos actress Kathrine Narducci (Charmaine Bucco), who stars as Lou's beautiful former mistress.

There are only two aspects of the film that kept it from showing in theaters. The first is that the story isn't that original or moving. It's not a boring flick at all, but it lacks spark. Too many elements of the movie are what you'd find in Heat, Goodfellas, or a number of other mob flicks.

The other downside is that some of the cast is too weak to keep up with Vincent, Assante and Narducci. Danny Goldring is horribly miscast as the liquored-up and obsessed detective on Lou's heels.
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i didn't really think much of it when the movie started, i was thinking it was like a big screen sopranos.. but i got more into the story as it was getting very good... I love Frank Vincent and he is great in every movie i've ever seen him in. Like the other reviewer said, it doesn't have the strength of say "Casino" or "Goodfellas" but it does still hold you. And when I say that this is a movie where you can root for the bad guy, i don't mean Vincent's characters enemies, i mean Frank Vincent's character... Out of all the bad guys in this movie, Frank Vincent plays an aging hitman. I was rooting for him when watching it. I don't want to give anything away in my review. But this is def a must watch, must own movie. I first rented it from Redbox for $1.00, now I want to buy it.

Great movie, you won't be disappointed if you are a fan of Frank Vincent, The Sopranos, or mafia style movies.
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"Chicago Overcoat" takes us down the well worn path of the "one last job" genre so popular in the gangster and assassin films. Our tour guide on this one is Frank Vincent and along the way we make some brief stops with Armand Assante (the big boss in jail), Mike Star (his capo), Kathrine Narducci (Vincent's girlfriend) and Stacy Keach (a retired detective).

You'll recognize Vincent (1939) from his role as Phil Leotardo on "The Sopranos" (1999-2007) and from his many appearances in Scorsese films like "Raging Bull" (1980), "Goodfellas" (1990), and "Casino" (1995) and in Spike Lee films like "Do The Right Thing" (1989) and "Jungle Fever" (1991). He reprises the gangster role here, but with much less intensity and charm than he usually exhibits.

Vincent's girlfriend Kathrine Narducci (1965) is another "Sopranos" alumni - she played Charmaine Bucco, the wife of the restaurant owner. She made her film debut in DeNiro's "A Bronx Tale" (1993) and has been in a dozen films as well as frequent guest roles on TV series like "NYPD Blue". Look closely - you may not recognize her under the bad wig.

Another familiar face is hulky and ubiquitous Mike Starr (1950) who plays the Capo and Vincent's boss. Starr does his usual great job in a supporting role. I remember him best as Whitney Houston's bodyguard in "The Bodyguard" (1992) among the 100+ gangster films he's been in.

This was the first (and to date only) directing job for Brian Caunter who started as an actor and editor. It's the first screenplay from John Bosher who works primarily as a producer. Caunter and Bosher first worked together on "Zombie Island" (2005).

As a twist on the usual "one last job" genre, the film also has Vincent pursued by an over-the-hill detective played by Danny Goldring.
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GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE A GOOD MOB MOVIE AND THIS IS FOR SURE ONE OF THEM, NOT THE BEST BUT FAR FROM THE WORST
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i liked that the frank vincent character uses a Thompson machine gun in the film. i like gangster movies where that particular model gun is used. melvin purvis used one in dillinger to take down some of the bad guys. getting back to the movie, vincent can pull off any role as a wiseguy. it was also nice to see armand assante in the movie. he is the best actor to play gotti imho. assante also played the bad guy on ncis. if one likes mob movies this is a definite worth seeing. another plus was stacy keach who is best known for playing mike hammer on tv. the mike hammer series definitely needs a dvd release. Kathrine Narducci plays vincent's daughter in the film. she was also on the soprano's.
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