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Release Date:
14 December 1984 (USA) See more »
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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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The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people that visited the club... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Gere ... Dixie Dwyer

Gregory Hines ... Sandman Williams

Diane Lane ... Vera Cicero

Lonette McKee ... Lila Rose Oliver

Bob Hoskins ... Owney Madden

James Remar ... Dutch Schultz

Nicolas Cage ... Vincent Dwyer

Allen Garfield ... Abbadabba Berman

Fred Gwynne ... Frenchy Demange
Gwen Verdon ... Tish Dwyer

Lisa Jane Persky ... Frances Flegenheimer
Maurice Hines ... Clay Williams

Julian Beck ... Sol Weinstein

Novella Nelson ... Madame St. Clair

Laurence Fishburne ... Bumpy Rhodes (as Larry Fishburne)

John P. Ryan ... Joe Flynn (as John Ryan)

Tom Waits ... Irving Stark
Ron Karabatsos ... Mike Best

Glenn Withrow ... Ed Popke

Jennifer Grey ... Patsy Dwyer
Wynonna Smith ... Winnie Williams
Thelma Carpenter ... Norma Williams
Charles 'Honi' Coles ... Suger Coates

Larry Marshall ... Cab Calloway

Joe Dallesandro ... Charles 'Lucky' Luciano

Ed O'Ross ... Monk
Frederick Downs Jr. ... Sullen Man

Diane Venora ... Gloria Swanson
Tucker Smallwood ... Kid Griffin

Woody Strode ... Holmes
Bill Graham ... J.W.
Dayton Allen ... Solly

Kim Chan ... Ling
Ed Rowan ... Messiah
Leonard Termo ... Danny

George Cantero ... Vince Hood

Brian Tarantina ... Vince Hood

Bruce MacVittie ... Vince Hood

James Russo ... Vince Hood

Giancarlo Esposito ... Bumpy Hood
Bruce Hubbard ... Bumpy Hood
Rony Clanton ... Caspar Holstein

Damien Leake ... Bub Jewett

Bill Cobbs ... Big Joe Ison
Joe Lynn ... Marcial Flores
Oscar Barnes ... Spanish Henry
Ed Zang ... Hotel Clerk (as Edward Zang)
Sandra Beall ... Myrtle Fay
Zane Mark ... Duke Ellington
Tom Signorelli ... Butch Murdock

Paul Herman ... Policeman #1

Randle Mell ... Policeman #2
Steve Vignari ... Trigger Mike Coppola
Susan Mechsner ... Gypsie
Gregory Rozakis ... Charlie Chaplin

Marc Coppola ... Ted Husing
Norma Jean Darden ... Elda Webb
Robert Earl Jones ... Stage Door Joe

Vincent Jerman-Jerosa ... James Cagney (as Vincent Jerosa)

Rosalind Harris ... Fanny Brice
Steve Cafiso ... Child in Street
John Cafiso ... Child in Street

Sofia Coppola ... Child in Street (as Domino)
Ninon Digiorgio ... Child in Street
Daria Hines ... Child in Street
Patricia LeTang ... Child in Street
Christopher Lewis ... Child in Street
Danielle Osborne ... Child in Street
Jason Papalardo ... Child in Street
Demetrius Pena ... Child in Street
Priscilla Baskerville ... 'Creole Love Call' sung by
Ethel Beatty ... Bandana Babies Lead Vocal / Dancer
Sydney Goldsmith ... Barbecue Bess sung by
James 'Buster' Brown ... Hoofer
Ralph Brown ... Hoofer
Harold Cromer ... Hoofer
Bubba Gaines ... Hoofer
George Hillman ... Hoofer
Henry Phace Roberts ... Hoofer (as Henry 'Phace' Roberts)
Howard 'Sandman' Sims ... Hoofer
Jimmy Slyde ... Hoofer (as Jimmy Slide)
Henry LeTang ... Hoofer
Charles Young ... Hoofer
Skip Cunningham ... Tip, Tap & Toe
Luther Fontaine ... Tip, Tap & Toe
Jan Mickens ... Tip, Tap & Toe
Lydia Abarca ... Dancer
Sarita Allen ... Dancer
Tracey Bass ... Dancer
Jacquelyn Bird ... Dancer
Shirley Black-Brown ... Dancer
Jhoe Breedlove ... Dancer
Leslie Caldwell ... Dancer
Melanie Caldwell ... Dancer
Benny Clorey ... Dancer (as Benny Clory)
Sheri Cowart ... Dancer (as Sherri Cowart)
Karen DiBianco ... Dancer
Cisco Drayton ... Dancer
Ann Duquesnay ... Dancer
Carla Earle ... Dancer
Wendy Edmead ... Dancer
Debbie Fitts ... Dancer
Ruddy L. Garner ... Dancer (as Ruddy Garner)
Ruthanna Graves ... Dancer
Terri Griffin ... Dancer
Robin Harmon ... Dancer

Jackée Harry ... Dancer
Sonya Hensley ... Dancer
Dave Jackson ... Dancer
Gail Kendricks ... Dancer
Christina Kumi Kimball ... Dancer
Mary Beth Kurdock ... Dancer
Alde Lewis ... Dancer
Paula Lynn ... Dancer
Bernard Manners ... Dancer
Bernard Marsh ... Dancer
David McHarris ... Dancer
Delores McHarris ... Dancer
Vody Najac ... Dancer
Vya Negromonte ... Dancer (as Viewma Negromonte)
Alice Anne Oates ... Dancer (as Alice Anne Oakes)
Anne Palmer ... Dancer
Julie Pars ... Dancer
Antonia Pettiford ... Dancer

Valarie Pettiford ... Dancer
Janet Powell ... Dancer
Renee Rodriguez ... Dancer

Tracey Ross ... Dancer
Kiki Shepard ... Dancer
Gary Thomas ... Dancer

Mario Van Peebles ... Dancer
Rima Vetter ... Dancer
Karen Wadkins ... Dancer
Ivery Wheeler ... Dancer
Donald Williams ... Dancer
Alexis Wilson ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Gillen ... (voice)
Bella Jarrett

George Coutoupis ... Gangster (uncredited)
Scott Crawford ... Gangster (uncredited)

Kimberly Dorsey ... Joan Blondell (uncredited)

Nicholas J. Giangiulio ... Screen Test Thug (uncredited)
Suzanne Kaaren ... The Duchess of Park Avenue (uncredited)

Mark Margolis ... Charlie Workman (uncredited)

Naylon Mitchell ... Busboy (uncredited)

Kirk Taylor ... Cotton Club Waiter (uncredited)
Stan Tracy ... Legs Diamond's Bodyguard (uncredited)

Rick Washburn ... Hitman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola  (as Francis Coppola)
 
Writing credits
William Kennedy (screenplay) &
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay) (as Francis Coppola)

William Kennedy (story) &
Francis Ford Coppola (story) (as Francis Coppola) and
Mario Puzo (story)

Jim Haskins (pictorial history "The Cotton Club") (suggestion) (as James Haskins)

Produced by
Joseph Cusumano .... line producer
Robert Evans .... producer
Dyson Lovell .... executive producer
Barrie M. Osborne .... line producer
Melissa Prophet .... associate producer
Fred Roos .... co-producer
Sylvio Tabet .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Goldblatt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Q. Lovett 
Barry Malkin 
 
Casting by
Lois Planco 
Gretchen Rennell 
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Art Direction by
Gregory Bolton 
David Chapman 
 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom  (as Les Bloom)
George Gaines 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... key prosthetics makeup
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair department head
Richard Dean .... makeup artist
C. Romania Ford .... makeup artist (as Romania Ford)
Frances A. Kolar .... makeup artist (as Francis Kolar)
Craig Lyman .... key makeup artist
Tony Marrero .... hair stylist
Lyndell Quiyou .... key hair stylist
Bert Reo Anderson .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Jay Cannistraci .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Doug Drexler .... makeup lab (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Grace Blake .... executive production supervisor
Christopher Cronyn .... unit production manager
David Golden .... unit production manager
Margaret B. Hunnewell .... unit production manager (as Meg Hunnewell)
Kerry Orent .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Brody .... dga trainee
Henry Bronchtein .... second assistant director
Gian-Carlo Coppola .... second unit director
Louis D'Esposito .... second assistant director
Robert V. Girolami .... first assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director: montage and second unit (as Joseph Reidy)
Amy Sayers .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Billy Bishop .... assistant property master (as William Bishop)
James Halligan .... key construction grip
Beth Kuhn .... assistant art director
Sharmagne Leland-St. John .... assistant to production designer
Herbert F. Mulligan .... head set dresser (as Herbert Mulligan)
Jimmy Raitt .... property master
Bruno Robotti .... scenic supervisor
Edward Swanson .... key carpenter
Polly Wood-Holland .... scenic artist (as Polly Wood Holland)
Linda Conaway-Parsloe .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Carl Landi .... carpenter (uncredited)
John Peter Melendez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Austin .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Austin)
Richard Beggs .... supervising re-recording mixer
Tom Bellfort .... adr editor
Louis Bertini .... assistant sound editor
Edward Beyer .... supervising sound editor
Nathan Boxer .... boom operator
David Carroll .... supervising mix engineer
Laura Civiello .... assistant sound editor
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Harriet Fidlow .... adr editor
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound mixer (as Jack Jacobsen)
Michael Kirchberger .... sound editor
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mike Minkler)
Barbara Minor .... assistant sound editor
Laurie Mullen .... assistant sound editor
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Louise Rubacky .... assistant sound editor (as Mary-Louise Rubacky)
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Paul Trejo .... sound editor
Steven Visscher .... assistant sound editor
John Clavin .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Richard Friedlander .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... adr crowd (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects (as Conrad Brink)
James 'Packy' Dolan .... gaffer: special effects unit
Lewis Gould .... special effects unit second assistant director
Michael Haley .... special effects unit first assistant director
William Kane .... special effects property master
Stan Parks .... special effects coordinator
Tony Parmelee .... special effects
Michael Rauch .... special effects unit production manager
 
Stunts
William H. Burton .... stunt coordinator: special effects (as Bill Burton)
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator (as Vic Magnotta)
Scott Leva .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Coffey .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Joseph Coffey)
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer (as Adger Cowans)
Angelo Di Giacomo .... second assistant camera (as Angelo DiGiacomo)
Peter Girolami .... electrician
Kenneth Goss .... key grip
Vincent Guarriello .... best boy (as Vince Guarriello)
Vincent Guarriello .... dolly grip (as Vince Guarriello)
Tim Guinness .... best boy
Charles K. Mattson .... best boy
George Patsos .... key grip: special effects unit
Steve Scanlon .... playback operator
Frank Schulz .... gaffer
Michael Stone .... camera operator
Donald Sweeney .... director of photography: second unit
David Wagreich .... first assistant camera
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer: re-shoots (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Aleta Chappelle .... extras casting assistant (as Aleta Wood-Chappelle)
Nina Fineman .... casting assistant
Janet Hirshenson .... casting: Los Angeles
Julie Hughes .... music & dance casting
Jane Jenkins .... casting: Los Angeles
Barry Moss .... music & dance casting
Pippo Pisciotto .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe
Al Craine .... key wardrobe (as Alfred Craine)
Beverly Cycon .... key wardrobe
Margarita Delgado .... assistant costume designer
John Helgerson .... assistant costume designer
Maureen Hogan .... costume assistant
Judianna Makovsky .... assistant costume designer
Elizabeth Shelton .... assistant costume designer
Richard Shissler .... assistant costume designer
Rosamary Panzo .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Barnaby Smith .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Debra Bard .... assistant film editor
John David Coles .... assistant film editor
Gian-Carlo Coppola .... montage
Dorian Harris .... assistant film editor
Donald Sweeney .... montage
Michael Berenbaum .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
John Barry .... music supervisor
Emile Charlap .... musician contractor
Clarence Gaskill .... composer: song "Minnie the Moocher"
Richard Gere .... musician: cornet solos
Norman Hollyn .... music editor
Jack Jeffers .... sideline musician contractor
Sy Johnson .... associate music supervisor
Sy Johnson .... music arranger
Sy Johnson .... orchestrator
Tom Jung .... music recording engineer
Jeff Kliment .... music editor
Patrick Mullins .... assistant music editor
Zane Weiner .... musical production coordinator
Jerry Wexler .... music consultant
Bob Wilber .... music re-creation
Albert Woodbury .... additional orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
 
Transportation Department
Patrick Hogan .... transportation captain: second unit
 
Other crew
Claudia Asbury .... choreographer
Jane Bartelme .... assistant to producer
B.J. Bjorkman .... additional script supervisor
Dominique Bruballa .... production accountant
Lisa Burnett .... assistant production coordinator
Nelson Cabrera .... production staff
Cathleen Clarke .... assistant: Robert Evans
Antony Clavet .... visual consultant
Ralph Cooper .... special consultant
Ralph Cooper .... associate consultant
Celia D. Costas .... location manager: special effects unit (as Celia Costas)
Norma Jean Darden .... research consultant
Loolee DeLeon .... office coordinator: San Francisco (as Loolee Deleon)
Ed Dessisso .... location manager
Michael Dick .... production assistant
Tony Dingman .... liaison: New York and San Francisco
George Faison .... choreographer
Patrick J. Feerick .... teamster (as P.J. Feerick)
Milton Forman .... producer consultant
Robert Gach .... assistant: Richard Gere
Maurice Hines Sr. .... research consultant
Gregory Hines .... tap improvography
Howard Johnson .... research consultant
Murdo Laird .... chief engineer: Electronic Cinema
Michael Lavin .... engineer: Electronic Cinema
Henry LeTang .... tap choreographer (as Henry Le Tang)
Gaetano Lisi .... location manager
Lynn Lewis Lovett .... continuity
Gine Lui .... production assistant
Michael Meacham .... choreographer
Tom Miller .... unit publicist
Arthur Mitchell .... choreographer
Anahid Nazarian .... systems librarian: Electronic Cinema
Edward V. Padula .... production consultant
Janet Pett Davies .... assistant: Robert Evans (as Janet Pett)
Lillian Pyles .... assistant production coordinator
Grant Harper Reid .... production assistant (as Grant Reid)
Thomas Reilly .... teamster captain (as Tommy Reilly)
James W. Skotchdopole .... production assistant
Michael Smuin .... principal choreographer
Sara Ström .... secretary: Francis Coppola
Daniel R. Suhart .... dialogue coach (as Dan Suhart)
Victoria Turnwell .... assistant: Robert Evans
Kurt Woolner .... film finances representative
Tommy Burns .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ellie LeTang .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Charles Miller .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Jane Paul .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Tony Trimarco .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
127 min | Germany:123 min (video version)
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Trivia:
The character Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere) is likely based on real life 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 rolls in various gangster movies; performances he based largely on Owney Madden and Benjamin Bugsy Siegel with whom he was also know to associate.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dixie goes to ransom Frenchy there is a different amount of shaving cream on Mad Dog's face in every shot.See more »
Quotes:
Vera:If he came in here right now, he'd kill us both.
Dixie:Forget about him.
Vera:Who?
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Soundtrack:
Cotton Club Stomp #1See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
What A Mob...What A Show, 15 October 2008
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

Even Francis Ford Coppola couldn't sustain the height of movie-making he achieved in the 1970s. Raised too high by initial expectations, then dismissed too brusquely when the critics got to see it, "The Cotton Club" exists in a kind of neutral zone, a grand spectacle undone by sloppy scriptwriting and unappealing characters that nevertheless shows the master with some juice still in his cup.

It's the story of Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere), a cornet player who one evening in 1928 almost accidentally saves the life of notorious mob boss Dutch Schultz (James Remar). Dutch, already a fan of his music, is appreciative of the extra service and brings Dwyer into his circle, which brings him into contact with Dutch's girl Vera (Diane Lane).

"If I didn't like you, you'd be dead," is Dutch's way of expressing friendship.

"It's nice to be liked," Dixie replies.

The film is centered around the nightclub of the title, a fashionable Harlem nightspot where blacks are welcome only on stage, entertaining the white customers. Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins) runs things with an eye for keeping order, especially where the volatile Dutchman is concerned. Sandman Williams (Gregory Hines) just wants to dance into the arms of Lila Rose (Lonette McKee), who is torn between the chance for true love versus the chance to pass for white in a white man's world.

The stacked cast even includes Nicolas Cage as Dixie's mad-dog gangster brother and Laurence Fishburne in one of his first signature tough-guy roles. "The white man has left me nothing but the underworld, and that is where I dance," he tells Sandman. "Where do you dance?" All this crammed into just over two hours leaves very little room to breathe, for a director who mastered movies which do exactly that. But with little useful dialogue except of the expository kind, characters coming and going all the time, left-field plot twists (Dixie goes to Hollywood and becomes an instant star), and a central romance between Gere and Lane that is long on open-mouth kissing but short on story, you need spectacle to keep your attention.

Remar makes the film worthwhile for me. His bug-eyed tantrums as Dutch are what stay with me when the film is over, yet he shows range, too, shy with Vera, henpecked with his wife, and amiable with Dixie in his guarded way. It's hard not to worry what will happen when he learns about Dixie and Vera, not only for the lovebirds but for Dutch, too. I only wish Remar could have played Dutch in the latter film set in the same milieu, "Billy Bathgate"; Dustin Hoffman is a great actor but was wrong for that part. Remar here fits into it like a cement overshoe.

The film also boasts great music, including singing from McKee and tapping from Hines and his brother Maurice that raise the roof and recall the famous baptism scene in Coppola's first "Godfather". Larry Marshall does a great Cab Calloway, conked locks whipping across his forehead.

Nothing is really wrong with "Cotton Club". But what's right doesn't stay right for long, and the rest doesn't hold together. It's a fun show, so long as you don't mind being a bit confused when the curtain comes down.

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