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Strictly Sinatra (2002)

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A nobody walks a dangerous path in a bid to become a big-shot in this gritty drama from the United Kingdom. Tony Cocozza (Ian Hart) is a small-time Scottish vocalist with a gimmick -- he loves the music of Frank Sinatra, and his repertoire consists almost entirely of songs associated with Ol' Blue Eyes. While Tony has a good voice and can bring off Sinatra's material quite well, he's a clueless nebbish offstage and hasn't been able to advance his career beyond the bottom rungs of the Scottish nightclub circuit. One night, while Tony waits out an intermission in his dressing room, an imposing-looking man named Chisolm (Brian Cox) arrives with a request -- his boss (Iain Cuthbertson) would prefer to hear some songs by Elvis Presley. Chisolm's boss turns out to be a powerful and dangerous crime kingpin, so Tony swallows his pride and sings like The King for a few minutes; the mobster is pleased, and Tony soon finds himself playing a better grade of nightclubs and spending his spare time with some of Glasgow's most notorious crime figures. Bill (Alun Armstrong), Tony's pianist and closest companion, warns Tony that he's getting in over his head with his new and dangerous friends, but imagining success is finally around the corner -- and emboldened by his new relationship with Irene (Kelly MacDonald), a pretty but cynical cigarette girl he met at a gig -- Tony refuses to listen to him. Strictly Sinatra also stars Tommy Flanagan and Richard E. Grant.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Capaldi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2002
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Cast

Ian Hart
as Toni Cocozza
Brian Cox
as Chisolm
Tommy Flanagan
as Michaelangelo
Una McLean
as Dainty
Jimmy Yuill
as Rod Edmunds
Anne Lacey
as Coat Check Girl
Jamie Murphy
as Drowned Rat
Douglas Eadie
as Hard Man
Calum Beaton
as Boy on Stairs
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Critic Reviews for Strictly Sinatra

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Strictly Sinatra is certainly better than mediocre and it's often quite entertaining, but it's not precisely cause for a stampede to the video store.

Full Review… | February 21, 2003
Apollo Guide

A smalltime flick in which a smalltime crooner accidentally becomes a smalltime hood.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
Film Freak Central

Kind of like 'Swingers' but with colorful Scottish accents!

Full Review… | August 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

Capaldi has found a neat way to stand the mafia movie genre on its head at times.

Full Review… | August 9, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Strictly Sinatra

Somewhat surreal sweet fairytale of a young amateur crooner coerced into the criminal Glasgow gangster underworld.

RossCollinsUK
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

½

Somewhat surreal sweet fairytale of a young amateur crooner coerced into the criminal Glasgow gangster underworld.

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