6.5/10
12,981
85 user 36 critic

The Cotton Club (1984)

Trailer
3:30 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people that visited the club, those that ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

Director:

(as Francis Coppola)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Francis Coppola) | 4 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rumble Fish (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
Drama | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Fanny leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship.... See full summary »

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna (Shirley Knight), a Long Island housewife panics and leaves home to see if she might just possibly have made something different out ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: James Caan, Shirley Knight, Robert Duvall
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Post-teen virgin moves to New York City, falls for a cold-hearted beauty, then finds true love with a loyal lass.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Elizabeth Hartman, Geraldine Page, Rip Torn
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in World War II Europe, a professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz
Tetro (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Maribel Verdú
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Maurice Hines ...
...
Novella Nelson ...
...
Bumpy Rhodes (as Larry Fishburne)
Edit

Storyline

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people that visited the club, those that ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Where crime lords rub elbows with the rich and famous! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tough Customers  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,900,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist William Kennedy was brought in to do a quick draft on the script to polish it. He ended up doing over 20 drafts. See more »

Goofs

When Dixie goes to ransom Frenchy there is a different amount of shaving cream on Mad Dog's face in every shot. See more »

Quotes

Frenchy: Anything you need, Dutch?
Dutch Schultz: Yeah, why don't you bring me the moon, Frenchy?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dream Studio (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ill Wind
Quotation from "Stormy Weather" (1933)
Words by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Vocals by Lonette McKee
Trumpet Solo by Lew Soloff
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of Francis Coppola's best and underrated films
19 July 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Cotton Club is such a well-made movie, you have to wonder why so many critics and audiences ignored it when it was first released. Was it because of the murder case surrounding its production? Or did some people feel that a mixture of gangster films and Hollywood musicals didn't mix? Whatever the reason, The Cotton Club deserves to be watched again and again, not just for its music and dancing, but for the great performances, scenery, cars, costumes...and tommy-guns. The movie was nominated for two Oscars, but a third nomination should have gone to Bob Hoskins, for his brilliant performance as Owney Madden. Despite his few film credits, James Remar is brilliant as Dutch Schultz and comes across as the sort of person you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.

There are rumours the film may be re-released with scenes and music that were cut from the original version. If this is true, would the film finally become a hit? After all, Robert Evans, the film's producer, apparently told one reporter..."How can it miss? It's got gangsters, music and girls." Well said, Robert.


39 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Dutchman curlew-2
This is an amazing movie! probably in my top10 Asur18
Was Diane Lane really 18 when this was shot? neal2zod
ending? Saracia
Directors Cut/Extended Version? vangreun
Greatest scene I've seen in a long time. bsbdzu902
Discuss The Cotton Club (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page