The Cotton Club

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Plot

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people that visited the club, those that ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.4/10 (8,120 voted)

Director:
Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane

Storyline
The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people that visited the club, those that ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

Writers: William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola

Cast:

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)

Taglines:
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.

Release Date: 14 December 1984

Filming Locations: 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $58,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,903,603
(USA)
(16 December 1984)
(808 Screens)

Gross: $25,928,721
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


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Germany:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

At one point, relations were so strained between director Francis Ford Coppola and producer Robert Evans that Coppola had Evans banned from the set.

Goofs:

Continuity:
When Dixie goes to ransom Frenchy there is a different amount of shaving cream on Mad Dog's face in every shot.

Quotes:

Sandman Williams:
Baby, you may be passin' for white, but you ain't invisible.



User Review

An absolute classic, the more times you watch it, the more you become mesmerised by it.

Rating: 10/10

The first time I saw this movie I loved the music and dancing and
appreciated the setting. I found it strange and couldn't follow it
properly. I watched it a second and third time, partly to see the dancing
again, and listen to the music, and the plot completely grew on me. I
absolutely love this movie. It is complex, and extremely accurate in its
portrayal of the time when gangsters owned stars. If you love jazz music
and know a little about its history, you will be enraptured by this movie.

The acting is incredible, and highlights the subtle twists in the plot
beautifully. The cinematography is done in a most expert fashion. Richard
Gere and Gregory Hines are absolutely charming, and Diane Lane is perfect
is
Vera Cicero. Lonette McKee has one of the most beautiful voices you will
ever hear, it is no wonder she received a Tony award. Any viewer will be
surprised by the guest appearances including Nicholas Cage, Bob Hoskins,
Lawrence Fishburne, and on-screen and real-life brother of Gregory, Maurice
Hines.
Not only one of Coppola's best, but one of the best of all
time.