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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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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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$58,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,900,000 (USA)
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Sylvester Stallone was the original choice for the lead, but backed out angrily when he found out producer Robert Evans was having an affair with his then girlfriend. 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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Vera: If he came in here right now, he'd kill us both.
Dixie: Forget about him.
Vera: Who?
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Soundtracks

Drop Me Off In Harlem
Words by Nick Kenny
Music by Duke Ellington
Piano Solo: Mark Shane
Trombone Solo: Britt Woodman
1st and 3rd Trumpet Solos: Randy Sandke
2nd Trumpet Solo: Dave Brown
4th Trumpet Solo: Lew Soloff
Clarinet Solo: Bob Wilber
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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.


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