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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.

Director:

Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola)

Writers:

William Kennedy (screenplay), Francis Ford Coppola (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:
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)
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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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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tough Customers See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Owney: Someone oughta take out your brain and pickle it!
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Alternate Versions

It seems that the first murder is a bit shortened in the German Constantin Video release (FSK 16). See more »

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Soundtracks

Minnie The Moocher
Words and Music by Cab Calloway and Irving Mills
Performed by Larry Marshall (as Cab Calloway)
Chorus: The Boys in The Band
Trumpet Solos: Lew Soloff
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22 October 1999 | by Craig-88See all my reviews

The best way to see this film is to scan through it at great speed. Stop and watch the dancing, Lonette McKee's singing and, especially, any scene with Bob Hoskins and Fred Gwynne. They make a *wonderful* team and the Watch scene is one of the finest, most concise scenes of friendship in any movie.

Gwynne, in particular, is impressive. Early on, he stands by quietly as Hoskins runs a gangster's peace meeting. Hoskins warns the participants to cool off or "you'll have to deal with me!" And Gwynne very quietly adds, "And me."... and the audience I saw it with went, "Whooaaa...!" The man conveyed incredible menace with two soft words. It wasn't until nearly half-way through the movie that some half-wit in the audience yelled out, "Hey. That's Herman Munster!"

Gwynne and Hoskins play their gangsters as funny, pragmatic and highly lethal men. They are far better than anything that surrounds them in this movie.


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