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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mti Home Video
  • Release Date: April 19 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B004JKS996
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Awesome movie! Awesome acting! Awesome story! Awesome Movie! I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys mob flicks! Watch it!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b65df60) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b57b180) out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Visuals for Straight-to-Video April 19 2011
By Compay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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. Much of the cast hams it up and exaggerates their performance, which unfortunately gives the film a low-budget feel. Vincent himself gives a good performance, but isn't given opportunities to show much range.

DVD Extras include a Q&A with the cast and crew on their definition of a "Chicago Overcoat", and a behind-the-scenes look at one of the movie's more memorable shootout moments. It also includes a variety of deleted scenes, as well as an alternate ending.

This is easily one of the best-shot movies you'll find at Redbox, and it's definitely worth a watch. The visuals are dark and beautiful, and even if the story could be better, it's a worthwhile rent.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb9484c) out of 5 stars a movie where you actually want to root for the bad guy May 1 2011
By 1Life - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b578a80) out of 5 stars Could be better July 13 2011
By Dr. James Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"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. This is a common theme - in "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" Robert Mitchum and George Kennedy star as aging rivals from opposite sides of the legal fence; in "Robin and Marion" (1976) Sean Connery and Robert Shaw battle each other to exhaustion because they ain't as young as they used to be.

Though the film has some appeal, there are problems. Vincent plays the character too close to the vest, and only occasionally lets us see his charm. Goldring never really gets his hands around the detective, and Assante and Keach merely give us cameos - sneeze and you could miss them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8ea03c) out of 5 stars GREAT!!!! Jan. 28 2013
By Khary Tolliver - Published on Amazon.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8ec6e4) out of 5 stars classic thompson machine gun May 16 2013
By PAUL PISANO - Published on Amazon.com
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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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