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The Cotton Club (1984)

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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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R | See all certifications »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The character of Dixie Dwyer is likely based on actor George Raft. Raft grew up dirt poor in New York's Hell's Kitchen. As a young man he worked as a driver/gopher for gangster Owney Madden (also depicted in this film). After his stint working for Madden he went to California and tried his hand at acting, eventually achieving considerable success playing tough-guy roles in various gangster movies, performances he based largely on Madden and Bugsy Siegel, with whom Raft was known to associate. See more »

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

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[Frenchy has just broken Owney's watch]
Frenchy: You cheap son of a bitch! You only offered $500 for me?
Owney: What?
Frenchy: If you were kidnapped, I wouldn't offer more than that for you!
Owney: $500?
Frenchy: That's what I heard!
Owney: 50 grand! I paid 50 grand! They only wanted 35 but I gave 50 not to hurt you. $500. I would've given 500,000 for you. I been worried sick about you. Look at what you done to my fuckin' watch.
Frenchy: 50 grand?
Owney: Yeah.
[Frenchy hands Owney a box that Owney opens]
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Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

East St.Louis Toodle-O
Music by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley
Trumpet Solos: Lew Soloff
Trombone Solo: Joel Helleny
Clarinet Solo: Lawrence Feldman
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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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