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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.Read more ›
Great movie, you won't be disappointed if you are a fan of Frank Vincent, The Sopranos, or mafia style movies.
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.Read more ›
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