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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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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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Cotton Club  »

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$58,000,000 (estimated)

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$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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Bumpy Rhodes: [violently accosting a racist guard] This uppity nigger is buying you a drink!
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Copper Colored Gal
Words by Benny Davis
Music by J. Fred Coots
Vocals: Gregory Hines
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Companion to the pictoral history of The Cotton Club
8 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

inspired by photographs of the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, some shots appear exactly as they were (now in colour). I noticed Dutch Schultz's slumped pose when he is shot is exactly that of the police photograph, though he died several hours later (see William Burroughs "The Last Words Of Dutch Schultz"). The actors often play too broad (Diane Lane), and Richard Gere shows his lazy, grinning acting here too. However, many notable smaller roles for Gregory Hines (and his brother), Bob Hoskins, Laurence Fishburne and others who make it well worth watching. It is true that $40 million could have been used better, but when you consider both Bob Evans and Coppola's involvement it seems with hindsight that they were asking for trouble. The music deserves special credit, as do the tap sequences (which i gather were shortened and some cut - what a shame). Mostly Duke Ellington classics. As i've already suggested the look is a perfect recreation of the time, but sadly the plot is patchy, some dialogue weak and it has been said before - there is no chemistry between the romantic leads. 9/10


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