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Meet the jazz musicians, dancers, owner and guests (e.g. gangster Dutch Schultz) of The Cotton Club in 1928-30s Harlem.

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Dixie Dwyer
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Sandman Williams
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Vera Cicero
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Lila Rose Oliver
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Owney Madden
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Dutch Schultz
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Vincent Dwyer
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Abbadabba Berman
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Frenchy Demange
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Tish Dwyer
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Frances Flegenheimer
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Clay Williams
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Sol Weinstein
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Madame St. Clair
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Bumpy Rhodes (as Larry Fishburne)
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Joe Flynn (as John Ryan)
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Irving Stark
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Mike Best
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Ed Popke
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Patsy Dwyer
Wynonna Smith ...
Winnie Williams
Thelma Carpenter ...
Norma Williams
Charles 'Honi' Coles ...
Suger Coates
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Cab Calloway
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Charles 'Lucky' Luciano
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Monk
Frederick Downs Jr. ...
Sullen Man
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Gloria Swanson
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Kid Griffin
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Holmes
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J.W.
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Solly
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Ling
Ed Rowan ...
Messiah
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Danny
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Vince Hood
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Vince Hood
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Vince Hood
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Vince Hood
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Bumpy Hood
Bruce Hubbard ...
Bumpy Hood
Rony Clanton ...
Caspar Holstein
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Bub Jewett
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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
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Policeman #1
Randle Mell ...
Policeman #2
Steve Vignari ...
Trigger Mike Coppola
Susan Mechsner ...
Gypsie
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Charlie Chaplin
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Ted Husing
Norma Jean Darden ...
Elda Webb
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Stage Door Joe
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James Cagney (as Vincent Jerosa)
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Fanny Brice
Steve Cafiso ...
Child in Street
John Cafiso ...
Child in Street
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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
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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
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Dancer
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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
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Dancer
Janet Powell ...
Dancer
Renee Rodriguez ...
Dancer
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Dancer
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Dancer
Gary Thomas ...
Dancer
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Dancer
Rima Vetter ...
Dancer
Karen Wadkins ...
Dancer
Ivery Wheeler ...
Dancer
Donald Williams ...
Dancer
Alexis Wilson ...
Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Gangster (uncredited)
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Gangster (uncredited)
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Joan Blondell (uncredited)
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Ownie Hood (uncredited)
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Screen Test Thug (uncredited)
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(uncredited) (voice)
Sandra Gray ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Bella Jarrett ...
(uncredited)
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The Duchess of Park Avenue (uncredited)
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Vera's Side Kick / Banville Club (uncredited)
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Charlie Workman (uncredited)
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Busboy (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Doorman (uncredited)
Larry Stewart ...
Singer (uncredited)
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Cotton Club Waiter (uncredited)
Stan Tracy ...
Legs Diamond's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks ...
Guitar player (uncredited)
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Hitman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Francis Ford Coppola ... (as Francis Coppola)

Written by

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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

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Joey Cusumano ... line producer (as Joseph Cusumano)
Robert Evans ... producer
Dyson Lovell ... executive producer
Barrie M. Osborne ... line producer
Melissa Prophet ... associate producer
Fred Roos ... co-producer
Sylvio Tabet ... co-producer

Music by

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John Barry

Cinematography by

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Stephen Goldblatt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Q. Lovett
Barry Malkin
Glen Scantlebury ... (directors cut)
Robert Schafer ... (directors cut)

Editorial Department

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Debra Bard ... assistant film editor
John David Coles ... assistant film editor
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... montage
Dorian Harris ... assistant film editor
James T. Mockoski ... restoration supervisor (2017 Restoration)
Mike Sowa ... restoration colorist
Donald Sweeney ... montage
Michael Berenbaum ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lois Planco
Gretchen Rennell

Production Design by

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Richard Sylbert

Art Direction by

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Gregory Bolton
David Chapman

Set Decoration by

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Leslie Bloom ... (as Les Bloom)
George Gaines

Costume Design by

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Milena Canonero

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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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

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Billy Bishop ... assistant property master (as William Bishop)
James Halligan ... key construction grip
George Hugel ... carpenter
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

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James Austin ... 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 ... re-recording mixer
Harriet Fidlow ... adr editor
Rudy Gaskins ... apprentice sfx editor
Jack C. Jacobsen ... sound mixer (as Jack Jacobsen)
Michael Kirchberger ... sound editor
Kevin Lee ... sound editor
Michael Minkler ... 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) / foley artist (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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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

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Billy Burton ... stunt coordinator: special effects (as Bill Burton)
Victor Magnotta ... stunt coordinator (as Vic Magnotta)
Scott Leva ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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) / 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

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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

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Mark Burchard ... wardrobe
Al Craine ... key wardrobe (as Alfred Craine)
Beverly Cycon ... key wardrobe
Margarita Delgado ... assistant costume designer
Dougie Hawkes ... costumier
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)

Location Management

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Celia D. Costas ... location manager: special effects unit (as Celia Costas)
Ed Dessisso ... location manager
Gaetano Lisi ... location manager
Charles Miller ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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John Barry ... conductor / 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 / music arranger / 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)

Script and Continuity Department

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B.J. Bjorkman ... additional script supervisor
Lynn Lewis Lovett ... continuity

Transportation Department

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Patrick Hogan ... transportation captain: second unit

Other crew

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Claudia Asbury ... choreographer
Jane Bartelme ... assistant to producer
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
Norma Jean Darden ... research consultant
Loolee DeLeon ... office coordinator: San Francisco (as Loolee Deleon)
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)
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
Jane Paul ... production assistant
Janet Pett Davies ... assistant: Robert Evans (as Janet Pett)
Lillian Pyles ... assistant production coordinator
Marjorie Pyles-Hearst ... studio teacher
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
Mitchell Amundsen ... production assistant (uncredited)
Tommy Burns ... production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Cooke ... production assistant (uncredited)
Ellie LeTang ... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Jane Paul ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Maurice Schell ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Tony Trimarco ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Rick Washburn ... weapons coordinator (uncredited)

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The Cotton Club was a famous Harlem nightclub. This is the story of the people who visited this club as well as the people who ran it, and the film is generously peppered with the jazz music that made the Cotton Club so renowned in the 1920s and 1930s. Written by Colin Tinto with corrections by BSmith

Plot Keywords
Taglines 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
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Tough Customers (United States)
  • The Cotton Club Encore (United States)
  • Cotton Club (France)
  • Cotton Club (Spain)
  • Cotton Club (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Box Office

Budget $58,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,903,603, 16 Dec 1984

Did You Know?

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Trivia Richard Gere really is an accomplished trumpet player and performed his own solos in this movie. See more »
Goofs When Dixie goes to ransom Frenchy there is a different amount of shaving cream on Mad Dog's face in every shot. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Drop Me Off In Harlem See more »
Crazy Credits In the original version, the opening credits were intercut with dancers performing "The Mooche." In the 2019 revision, the dancing is eliminated and the credits roll straight through, but have been joined with straight cuts rather than dissolves. Additionally, Coppola has changed his billing from "Francis Coppola" to "Francis Ford Coppola." Finally, restoration credits have been added after the end titles. See more »
Quotes Vera: You've got about as much style as a bowl of turnips.
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