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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 ›
Vincent turns in possibly his best, fullest performance.
The story? Or should I say..."the stories"? You know where's it's going. Has much of the cache of ATLANTIC CITY, RUBY'S DREAM, WEST NEW YORK, GOODFELLAS, et. al. A dark narrative, though not in the "afterword" style, supports the action, all the way through.
Great to see Armand Assante, as the Boss still calling the shots...from Prison. Would have liked to see more of him. We do get see alot of Stacy Keach, in the overly stereotypical but dramatically engaging, retirement-minded Detective. He and Vincent are on opposite sides of the law...but both are equally desirous of going out..."with a bang"?
Other great contributions by "grandson" (name to follow) and long time ladyfriend (Kathrine Narducci).
[wonder if GOODFELLAS actor - the guy who set up the Luftansa heist - is also in this movie? I'll let yaz know].
Great movie, you won't be disappointed if you are a fan of Frank Vincent, The Sopranos, or mafia style movies.
The story is if the old Chicago/Cicero mob and one man’s life in that world.
This is NOT a Romantic Comedy, you will be pleased to know the last fifteen minutes a moral code is presented to you-enjoy.
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