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Strictly Sinatra (2002)

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True to its title, this gritty British drama chronicles a Scottish lounge singer named Toni Cocozza (played by Backbeat's Ian Hart) whose act consists of singing Ol' Blue Eyes covers in the dive bars of the working-class Glasgow neighborhoods. When he isn't performing, Toni's life is in a shambles; he is seen generally as the laughing stock of the community, with only his accompanist Bill (Alun Armstrong) there to give him support. Toni's life turns around, however, when a local gangster (Iain Cuthbertson) sends his imposing main man, Chisolm (Brian Cox), backstage with a request to perform an Elvis Presley song, which he does without argument. He is taken in by the new gang, landing a job at a casino run by Chisolm, where he meets a charming young cigarette girl named Irene (Kelly MacDonald). Toni finds his new life infinitely more fulfilling, but is warned of its dangers by trusty Bill, and when Toni is drawn further into the gang's violent doings, he becomes increasingly more afraid for his life. This is a second feature for writer/director Peter Capaldi, who is better known as an actor from such films as Bean and Captives.
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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 (9)

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.

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
Laramie Movie Scope

By the time Sinatra turns into GoodFellas, you'll have likely given up on the whole affair.

August 4, 2002
Filmcritic.com

Loaded down with gritty Glasgow atmosphere and authenticity, and works so well as an ensemble piece.

June 22, 2001
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Strictly Sinatra

½

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

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

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

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

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