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Coyote Ugly (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 4 August 2000 (USA)
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Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar that teases its male patrons, comes out of her shell.



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Sexy, romantic comedy about a girl in her early 20s named Violet Sanford going to NYC to pursue a dream of becoming a songwriter. Violet gets a "day" job as a bar maid at a nightclub called Coyote Ugly. Coyote Ugly is the city's newest hot spot where the employees are a team of sexy, resourceful women that provoke the clientele and press with their mischief. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coyote Bar  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,319,282 (USA) (4 August 2000)


$60,786,269 (USA) (5 January 2001)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Inspired by the GQ magazine article "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon" by now famous author Elizabeth Gilbert where she describes her experiences as a former Coyote bartender See more »


On Violet's audition night when she gets fired, the girls are on the bar dancing to Charlie Daniels song "Devil Went Down to Georgia". When she's on her way out the door and she stops the guys from fighting, they are playing the last verse of the song in the background. Then when Lil comes and talks to her they play the same verse over again. See more »


Violet: Why won't you give up on this?
Kevin: Because I've been giving up on people my entire life and it's a nasty little habit, so you're going to sing at the club or...
Violet: Or you'll what?
Kevin: I'll never kiss you again.
Violet: That sounds like a threat, Mr. O'Donnell.
Kevin: Well, let's just say it's going to be quite a long, cold winter.
Violet: That's supposed to convince me?
Kevin: It's working, isn't it? Your knees are getting weak.
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Referenced in The Office: Niagara: Part 1 (2009) See more »


Written by James Atkin, Ian Dench, Zachary Foley, Mark Decloedt,
Derran Brownson (as Deran Brownson)
Performed by EMF
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Belly up to the bar and hang on.
10 July 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Violet Sanford(Piper Perabo)wants to avoid a dead end life and decides to leave New Jersey for the big city. In NYC, she is determined to be a hit song writer. In order to make ends meet, she takes a job slinging beer and dancing on the bar with the other "Coyotes" at the popular watering hole Coyote Ugly. This is very titilating and an eye full to watch. The trailers don't give you any hint of substance. Perabo is so easy to like. I could watch her for hours. Maria Bello, who plays the bar owner is impressive as well. Also in the cast: Adam Garcia, John Goodman, Melanie Lynskey, Izabella Miko, Bridget Moyhnahan and a cameo by LeAnn Rimes, who actually is the singing voice of Perabo's character. Besides the four songs by Rimes, the soundtrack is full of music by the likes of The Charlie Daniels Band, Lenny Kravitz, Def Leppard, Blondie and Elvis Presley. Order another round and enjoy. This is actually worth seeing more than once.

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