The Cotton Club (1984)



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Combining electric song and dance performances with drama (both on and off screen), Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984) looks back to the 1920s-1930s peak of the legendary Harlem nightclub where only blacks performed and only whites could sit in the audience. Mixing historical figures with characters loosely based on actual people, Coppola and co-writers William Kennedy and The Godfather's Mario Puzo create a panorama of love, crime, and entertainment centered on the Club. Among them … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Francis Ford Coppola, William Kennedy, Mario Puzo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2002
Nelson Entertainment



Richard Gere

as Dixie Dwyer
Gregory Hines

as Sandman Williams
Diane Lane

as Vera Cicero
Lonette McKee

as Lila Rose Oliver
James Remar

as Dutch Schultz
Nicolas Cage

as Vincent Dwyer
Allen Garfield

as Abbadabba Berman
Bob Hoskins

as Owney Madden
Fred Gwynne

as Frenchy Demange
Gwen Verdon

as Tish Dwyer
Lisa Jane Persky

as Frances Flegenheimer
Maurice Hines

as Clay Williams
Julian Beck

as Sol Weinstein
Novella Nelson

as Mme. St. Clair
Laurence Fishburne

as Bumpy Rhodes
Tom Waits

as Irving Stark
Ron Karabatsos

as Mike Best
Glen Witherow

as Ed Popke
Jennifer Grey

as Patsy Dwyer
Wynonna Smith

as Winnie Williams
Thelma Carpenter

as Norma Williams
Larry Marshall

as Cab Calloway
Joe Dallesandro

as Charles `Lucky' Luci...
Diane Venora

as Gloria Swanson
Tucker Smallwood

as Kid Griffin
Glenn Withrow

as Ed Popke
Ed Rowan

as Messiah
Rony Clanton

as Caspar Holstein
Damien Leake

as Bub Jewett
Bill Cobbs

as Bib Joe Ison
Joe Lynn

as Marcial Flores
Sandra Beall

as Myrtle Fay
Zane Mark

as Duke Ellington
Tom Signorelli

as Butch Murdock
Steve Vignari

as Trigger Mike Coppola
Gregory Rozakis

as Charlie Chaplin
Marc Coppola

as Ted Husing
Bruce Howard

as Bumpy Hood
Robert Earl Jones

as Stage-Door Joe
Vincent Jerosa

as James Cagney
Rosalind Harris

as Fanny Brice
Bruce MacVittie

as Vince Hood
Brian Tarantina

as Vince Hood
George Cantero

as Vince Hood
James Russo

as Vince Hood
Bruce Hubbard

as Bumpy Hood
Ed Zang

as Clerk
Christopher Lewis

as Child in Street
Nicholas J. Giangiulio

as Screen Test Thug
John P. Ryan

as Joe Flynn
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

Given its garish production history, one rather expected The Cotton Club to sing with hot-jazz desperation. Instead, we get the mediocre craftsmanship of a pit band in Vegas.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It was the most assured film Coppola had made in a decade, full of casual wit and visual invention.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The narrative is a mess despite the simplistic twinning of tales.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Time Out
Top Critic

Whatever it took to do it, Coppola has extracted a very special film out of the checkered history of this project.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

June 5, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Sharply uneven, Coppola's period musical about he famous Harlem club is lavishly produced but shallow.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002

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