‘Chicago Overcoat’ picked up for second run


Ten years after its world premiere, the locally-produced mob thriller Chicago Overcoat has been picked up for a second run by Indie Rights.

A re-mastered version of the 2009 film is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, with more platforms to follow.

Overcoat tells the story of an aging hitman and a washed-up detective who get tangled up in one last job that leads to one last chance to settle an old score.

The late Frank Vincent (The Sopranos) and Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy) anchor the film’s stellar cast. Vincent plays Lou Marazano, the once-feared mobster who comes out of retirement. Keach is Ray Berkowski, the veteran cop who reopens a decades-old murder file that puts him on a path towards Marazano.

Kathrine Narducci (The Irishman), Mike Starr (Goodfellas), Armand Assante (American Gangster), and a legion of Chicago cast and crew complete the lineup.



Critical resilience
Besides running on Showtime, Chicago Overcoat screened at the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival, where Vincent and other cast and crew walked the red carpet.

At the time of its release, Variety’s Alissa Simon wrote that the film “musters mob-film cliches with verve,” and the Chicago Reader’s Reece Pendleton described it as, “an engaging tale, enhanced considerably by Vincent’s perfect mix of vulnerability and steely resolve.”

The Amazon audience appears to agree with them. Besides giving Overcoat an average 3.5 out of 5 stars, nearly 350 viewers have gone online to publicize their praise for the film:

The casting, directing, editing, and acting are all first rate … The acting is true and the feel is as authentic as any movie wiseguy is going to be … I loved this film … much deeper than a “one last job” movie.

Chicago Overcoat was directed by Brian Caunter and written by John W. Bosher (screenplay, story), Brian Caunter (screenplay, story), Andrew Dowd (screenplay), and Joshua Staman (screenplay, as Josh Staman).

The Amazon deal was negotiated by Throughline Films’ John W. Bosher and Chris Charles on behalf of the production and Indie Rights CEO Linda Nelson.

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