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Small-time crooner find himself on the receiving end of the threatening attentions of a gangster, whose wife has fallen for the singer's Sinatra-like aura.

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In Glasgow, Toni Cocozza, age 28, aspires to be a lounge singer; his repertoire is strictly Sinatra, backed by Bill, an aging piano player and his only friend. Toni dreams big and enters a local television talent show. About that time, a local Mob boss decides Toni is great entertainment and invites him to be his guest at a casino. Toni chats up Irene, a cigarette girl, he gets an odd job or two from Chisolm, the mobster's number two, the audition goes bust, and Toni's future is uncertain. One thing leads to another with the Mob. Is Toni at a crossroads, or is there in reality no turning or going back? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Toni wanted a crowd... he got the mob

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Alun Armstrong was cast at the 11th hour after Ian Bannen died in a car crash in the early stages of production. See more »

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Toni Cocozza: Are you saying I'm stupid?
Bill: You couldn't stand the pace of stupid!
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Capaldiwatching Strictly Sinatra

Capaldi has said that this film didn't come out so well because he wanted it to be one thing and the producers wanted it to be another. Of course I can't know what went on there but I'm going to guess.

I'm guessing this was meant originally to be a direct follow-up to the BAFTA-winning 1993 "Soft Top, Hard Shoulder," which was written by and starred Capaldi but rather limply directed by someone else (should have been Capaldi IMO.) STHS is about an aspiring artist from Glasgow who's struggling to make it in London but dreads the thought of going home, and "Strictly Sinatra" shows why he felt that way. The protagonist of SS is a below professional grade Frank Sinatra impersonator whose fantasies of actually being Sinatra lead him to seek help from some neighborhood wise guys who are themselves living in a dream world of retro Italian-American gangster glamor. (Capaldi's Glasgow, it seems, wasn't that different from New Jersey.) The protagonist, Tony Cocozza (note how it and Gavin Bellini, the protagonist's name from STHS, scan the same as Peter Capaldi) has remarkably long wild curly hair for a Sinatra impersonator (shades of Capaldi again), and his love interest Irene is remarkably like Yvonne, Elaine Collins' character from STHS, so we can guess who those roles were originally written for.

The lighter, quirkier STHS style sequences work much better than the serious American-style gangster action ones so I'm guessing the first approach was Capaldi's original intention and the second was the one he compromised with. The film does look great. The sequence in which Tony's first triumphant ride in a Mafia staff car turns into a weirdly frightening siege is very stylish indeed.


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