Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar that teases its male patrons, comes out of her shell.


David McNally


Gina Wendkos
1,004 ( 468)
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Perabo ... Violet Sanford
Adam Garcia ... Kevin O'Donnell
John Goodman ... Bill
Maria Bello ... Lil
Izabella Miko ... Cammie
Tyra Banks ... Zoe
Bridget Moynahan ... Rachel
Melanie Lynskey ... Gloria
Del Pentecost Del Pentecost ... Lou
Michael Weston ... Danny
LeAnn Rimes ... LeAnn Rimes
Jeremy Rowley ... William Morris Receptionist
Ellen Cleghorne ... Music Publishing Receptionist
John Fugelsang John Fugelsang ... Richie the Booker
Bud Cort ... Romero


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Boss. The Law. The Dreamer. The Flame. The Heartbreaker. The Girls of Coyote Ugly. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


January Jones auditioned for the role of Violet Sanford. It was her second audition ever in her career and she revealed in an interview that she was left absolutely mortified by an unexpected request. She had done the reading for the acting part and then Jerry Bruckheimer wanted her to come in and dance on top of the table. She was told she was going to pole dance, but there is no pole. Jones said she turned beet red. "It was awful, and he said something like, 'Honey, you did a great reading, but you've got no rhythm.' I called my agent and said, 'I don't want to do this anymore.'" See more »


While dancing in the kitchen at the club, Kevin's boss is clearly eating in one shot, but in the next shot, he has a magazine in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. See more »


[In a bidding auction for Violet's Dad]
Bidding Customer: Take some of that off!
[Violet's Dad starts stripping]
Bidding Customer: Ok put some of that back on.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated extended cut restores scenes (ca. 6 minutes) that were deemed "unsuitable" for the American market and threatened the desired PG-13 rating. Added back was additional/extended footage in virtually every dance scene, a shopping scene with Cammie and Violet and a sex scene with Violet and Kevin. See more »


Spoofs Cocktail (1988) See more »


Wherever You Go
Written by Aaron Kamin and Alex Band
Performed by Alex Band and Aaron Kamin
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Coyote Crappy
15 August 2000 | by buffy-34See all my reviews

Have you ever sat in a theater watching a movie so boring that you wanted to scream? Or so cliché and contrived that you wanted to puke? Go see Coyote Ugly and you'll be slapping yourself like I did.

I honestly wasn't expecting anything special, but I definitely thought I would get something better than what I saw. So Violet wants to move out of her small town to pursue her writing career in music (yawn, been there, done that) only to realize that when she gets in New York she's going to have to do more than try to hand over tapes at record companies (You think!) It actually comes up that she's going to have to pay rent (Gee, wonder why she never seemed to have thought about that before)

After seeing three girls "winding down" after a night at their job, she gets a job there. And that's when I thought the movie might pick up. I'm a girl so I'm not really into that boobs and butts scene, but at least the bar was a cool setting and had the potential to pick up a little speed and actually get interesting. Wrong I was. The bar scenes were few and far between and some of them were kinda dumb. (i.e. let's make the rowdy crowd calm by me singing)

By the third act, the main character has so many things happening to her that didn't even tie in with the resolution of her fear of the stage that it made me feel ill. So finally Violet gets a gig and somehow her boyfriend learns the building and knows where the power switches are so he can turn them off so she won't see anyone and get stage fright. Then her perky voice is heard and somehow, even after the main power switches were cut, the stage lights come back on. And when you finally think the trite c**p is over it cuts to the bar and you get to see the worst scene in the movie: the one with Leeann Rimes signing on top of a bar. And I thought the price of admission was scary!

Save yourself from this movie. Unless of course you like predictable, cliched, fuzzy movies, and have time and money to waste. I will give the proper dues to the directing though, it was the best thing about this movie.

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Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coyote Ugly See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,319,282, 6 August 2000

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | (unrated extended cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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