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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 who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

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(as Francis Coppola)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Francis Coppola) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dixie Dwyer
... Sandman Williams
... Vera Cicero
... Lila Rose Oliver
... Owney Madden
... Dutch Schultz
... Vincent Dwyer
... Abbadabba Berman
... Frenchy Demange
... Tish Dwyer
... Frances Flegenheimer
... Clay Williams
... Sol Weinstein
... Madame St. Clair
... Bumpy Rhodes (as Larry Fishburne)
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Storyline

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com> with corrections by BSmith

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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cotton Club Encore  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,903,603, 16 December 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,928,721
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The only film that year nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes, and not Best Picture at the Academy Awards. See more »

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During the montage song Ill Wind there is a shot of coins and bills being poured out. The dimes in the shot are Eisenhower dimes, a president in the 50's. See more »

Quotes

Dixie: What do they call you?
Sol Weinstein: Nobody calls me nothin'.
Dixie: Not even your mother?
Sol Weinstein: I didn't have a mother. They found me in a garbage pail.
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Soundtracks

Jitterbug
Words and Music by Ed Swayze, Cab Calloway and Irving Mills
Performed by Larry Marshall (as Cab Calloway)
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The most underrated movie of all-time!!
25 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Forget all the behind the scene's politics; Francis Ford Coppola's dazzlingly stylish, THE COTTON CLUB is certainly one of his best efforts. A movie that deserves it's place alongside other Coppola masterpieces such as, THE GODFATHER and APOCALYPSE NOW.

But the legacy of this film is very strange: The behind the scenes shenanigans is legendary, it was unjustly panned when it was first released, and box-office was slight; however, watching this film you can't help but wonder why?

Everything from the performances to the look of the film is first-rate; with James Remar particularly good as Dutch Schultz, and the ending of this film is nicely reminiscent of THE GODFATHER.

So if your looking for what might be considered a buried Coppola classic, check out THE COTTON CLUB.


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