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The Cotton Club (1984)

 -  Crime | Drama | Music  -  14 December 1984 (USA)
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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.

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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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Welcome to The Cotton Club. Where Crime Lords rub elbows with the rich and famous. Where deals are made, lives are traded. And the legends of jazz light up the night. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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$58,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,900,000 (USA)
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Laurence Fishburne's character, Bumpy Rhodes, was based on real-life Harlem gangster Bumpy Johnson. Fishburne played Bumpy Johnson thirteen years later in Hoodlum. See more »

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Frenchy: Anything you need, Dutch?
Dutch Schultz: Yeah, why don't you bring me the moon, Frenchy?
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Cotton Club Stomp #2
Words by Mitchell Parrish and Irving Mills
Music by Duke Ellington
Baritone Sax Solo: Joe Temperley
Trumpet Solo: Dave Brown
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Lots Of Adjectives To Describe This Movie
10 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very stylish but rough and profane account of gangsters ("Dutch" Schultz and the like) and music during the 1920s. The scene is Harlem (NYC) at the Cotton Club, which is still run by whites who are pictured as big bigots.

Schultz, played by James Remar, is extremely coarse and profane. There are tons of Lord's name in vain abuses in this movie, many by Remar and Richard Gere. There is very hard edge to this film, sometimes a little too hard, I think.

The positives are the cinematography, music, dancing and a good romance angle featuring the white leads, Gere and Diane Lane, and the black leads Gregory Hines and Lonette McKee. Gere and Hines are buddies, with Gere playing coronet and Hines tap dancing. Hines is a tremendous dancer and great to watch.

You also have other "name" actors in here, such as Nicholas Cage, Bob Hoskins, Fred Gwynne, Laurence Fishburne and Allen Garfield. If the language I mentioned earlier doesn't offend you, this is a great movie.


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