"Chicago Overcoat" was written, directed and produced in Chicago and will now reach its widest audience through a distribution deal with MTI Home Video.
Producer Chris Charles has issued the following press release:
Chicago, IL – Following its December 2010 Showtime television premiere, Beverly Ridge Pictures’ feature length gangster film Chicago Overcoat had its much-anticipated North American home video release on April 19, 2011. MTI Home Video, now in its 27th year distributing films, made Chicago Overcoat available to rent at Netflix, Redbox, and Blockbuster Express, and to purchase at Amazon, iTunes, and thousands of other online stores. Major retailers will have Chicago Overcoat DVDs on their shelves Summer 2011. Original music from the film can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic.
The film stars Frank Vincent (The Sopranos) as an aging hit man who tries to get back a piece of the glory days. Fellow Sopranos cast member Kathrine Narducci (A Bronx Tale) co-stars as Vincent’s girlfriend, along with Danny Goldring (The Dark Knight) as a tenacious homicide detective, and Mike Starr (Goodfellas) as the street boss. The cast also features Emmy Award winner Armand Assante (American Gangster) as the imprisoned Outfit boss, and Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (Lights Out) as a retired detective.
Chicago Overcoat had its world premiere at the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, where it was voted into the “Best of the Fest.” It went on to win “Best Dramatic Feature” at the 8th Garden State Film Festival then “Best Cinematography” at the 6th
Midwest Independent Film Festival. The film received much critical acclaim during its festival tour. In Variety’s review Alissa Simon wrote: “This energetic calling-card pic boasts the most charismatic mafia murderer since Tony Soprano…” And Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker wrote: “Well produced and directed…a very tense thriller.”