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The Cotton Club (1984)

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.

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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>

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It was the jazz age. It was an era of elegance and violence. The action was gambling. The stakes were life and death. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Tough Customers  »

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$58,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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From July 15 to August 22, 1983, 12 scripts were produced, including five during one 48-hour non-stop weekend. William Kennedy estimates that between 30-40 scripts were turned out. See more »

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Vera: Mr. Flynn was a bootlegger. That's how they live in this world. Maybe one day you'll wise up, sap!
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Minnie The Moocher
Words and Music by Cab Calloway and Irving Mills
Vocals: Larry Marshall
Chorus: The Boys in The Band
Trumpet Solos: Lew Soloff
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The most underrated movie of all-time!!
25 November 1999 | by (Richmond, Ca) – See all my reviews

Forget all the behind the scene's politics; Francis Ford Coppola's dazzlingly stylish, THE COTTON CLUB is certainly one of his best efforts. A movie that deserves it's place alongside other Coppola masterpieces such as, THE GODFATHER and APOCALYPSE NOW.

But the legacy of this film is very strange: The behind the scenes shenanigans is legendary, it was unjustly panned when it was first released, and box-office was slight; however, watching this film you can't help but wonder why?

Everything from the performances to the look of the film is first-rate; with James Remar particularly good as Dutch Schultz, and the ending of this film is nicely reminiscent of THE GODFATHER.

So if your looking for what might be considered a buried Coppola classic, check out THE COTTON CLUB.


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