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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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(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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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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Where crime lords rub elbows with the rich and famous! 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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Inspired to make the film by a picture-book history of the famous nightclub by James Haskins, Robert Evans also wanted to direct. He hired William Kennedy and Francis Ford Coppola to re-write Mario Puzo's story and screenplay. Evans eventually decided that he did not want to direct the film and asked Coppola at the last minute. 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 »

Quotes

Flynn: Blow that bughouse bastard to kingdom come!
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Featured in Biography: Fred Gwynne: More Than a Munster (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Mood Indigo
Words and Music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Barney Bigard (as Albany Bigard)
Piano Solos: Mark Shane
Trumpet Solo: Dave Brown
Clarinet Solo: Bob Wilber
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Companion to the pictoral history of The Cotton Club
8 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

inspired by photographs of the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, some shots appear exactly as they were (now in colour). I noticed Dutch Schultz's slumped pose when he is shot is exactly that of the police photograph, though he died several hours later (see William Burroughs "The Last Words Of Dutch Schultz"). The actors often play too broad (Diane Lane), and Richard Gere shows his lazy, grinning acting here too. However, many notable smaller roles for Gregory Hines (and his brother), Bob Hoskins, Laurence Fishburne and others who make it well worth watching. It is true that $40 million could have been used better, but when you consider both Bob Evans and Coppola's involvement it seems with hindsight that they were asking for trouble. The music deserves special credit, as do the tap sequences (which i gather were shortened and some cut - what a shame). Mostly Duke Ellington classics. As i've already suggested the look is a perfect recreation of the time, but sadly the plot is patchy, some dialogue weak and it has been said before - there is no chemistry between the romantic leads. 9/10


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