The critics were lukewarm and some even downright dismissive about Peter Capaldi's movie "Strictly Sinatra" but it struck me as a thoroughly well made, humane, engaging drama with a terrific cast of players, which deserved a better reception upon its original appearance in 2001. One has to remember that, as someone once said, "no one put up a statue to a critic," and the film contains a great performance from, among others, Ian Hart in the lead role of Jimmy Cocozza, and Kelly MacDonald as Jimmy's girlfriend, Irene.
With others in the cast such as Brian Cox, Una McLean, Alan Armstrong, and the late Iain Cuthbertson, plus appearances as themselves by Richard E Grant and Jimmy Tarbuck, the film is a roll call of some great British actors.
To some extent the movie lacks a clear dramatic shape tending instead to move from one scene to the next at much the same pace. In that respect it might have benefited from crisper editing, but that observation apart it's a movie which is well worth watching.