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Strictly Sinatra

A movie directed by Peter Capaldi

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A man with big dreams and big troubles

  • Oct 23, 2011
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Toni Cocozza (Ian Hart) is a small-time lounge singer in Glasgow, who performs all Sinatra songs. He's obsessed with Ol' Blue Eyes and dreams of Vegas and stardom. One night, an elderly mob boss and his wife see the show and become Toni's biggest fans. He slowly enters their world and before he knows it, he's become one of the man's henchmen.

This is a cute drama with an appealing leading man. Ian Hart is sweet and vulnerable playing a dreamer with limited talent. I was rooting for him all the way. He gets into some nail-biting situations with the gang, led by Brian Cox and Tommy Flannagan who are both quite menacing. Kelly Macdonald is adorable as a cigarette girl who falls for Toni.

The movie is exciting and really held my interest. The Glasgow slang and accents may require the use of subtitles, but they are charming. Recommended.

Tommy Flannagan is convincing as a cruel wise guy.
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review by . March 01, 2004
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Pros: ..     Cons: ..     The Bottom Line: _________        I always associate Sinatra with Valentines Day and I don’t know why. Perhaps it is the gentle crooning, he mainly sticks with good old love songs. Whatever. Anyway, I saw this on NetFlix and didn’t read anything about it, just rented it. Ha! What a surprise. This ain’t nobodies Sinatra documentary but it did arrive in time for Valentines Day. Strange.   …
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Set in Glasgow, Scotland, a young man (Ian Hart) who is half Italian has a passion for Frank Sinatra and dreams of becoming a famous jazz musician. However, when he chooses a tough group of friends who he thinks will help him get recognized, he alienates his best friend and his girlfriend.
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Director: Peter Capaldi
Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Universal Studios Home Video (August 27, 2002)
Runtime: 1hr 37min
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