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The Cotton Club

Richard Gere  Actor Gregory Hines  Actor Diane Lane  Actor Lonette McKee  Actor Bob Hoskins  Actor


MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Nudity,Adult Situations,Not For Children,Sexual Situations

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The Cotton Club

UPC: 027616864369

Studio: MGM

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Nudity, Adult Situations, Not For Children, Sexual Situations]

Summary: 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 are cornet player Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere, playing his own solos), who escapes psycho gangster "benefactor" Dutch Schultz (James Remar) for a George Raft-type Hollywood career as a gangster film star; Schultz's nubile mistress Vera Cicero (Diane Lane), who loves Dixie against her mercenary instincts; Cotton Club Mob owner Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins) and close associate Frenchy Demarge (Fred Gwynne); Vincent (Nicolas Cage), Dixie's no-good Mad Dog Coll-esque brother; Club tap star Sandman Williams (Gregory Hines), who woos ambitious light-skinned Club singer Lila Rose Oliver (Lonette McKee); and cameos by Charles "Honi" Coles and Cab Calloway impersonator Larry Marshall. Complementing the period story, Coppola evokes the style of '30s gangster movies and musicals through an array of old-fashioned devices like montages of headlines, songs and shoot-outs. Conceived by producer Robert Evans as his crowning achievement and directorial debut, Evans had to hand over the troubled production to Coppola, but the budget spiraled out of control as the script was repeatedly re-written throughout the chaotic shoot. By the time it was released, The Cotton Club's epic production story of power struggles, financial bloat, and even a murder overshadowed the "reunion" of The Godfather's creative team. Neither a Heaven's Gate-sized failure nor a wallet-saving hit like Coppola's Apocalypse Now, The Cotton Club got some favorable critical notices (although it drew fire for subordinating the African American stories). It did not, however, find a large enough audience to justify its expense and controversy, becoming another mark against 1970s "auteur" cinema in increasingly blockbuster-driven 1980s Hollywood. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Category: Drama

Awards: Best Picture - Drama – null Best Director – null Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: New Digital Transfer
Deleted scenes
Original theatrical trailer

The Cotton Club

Format: DVD

Release Date: 07/10/2001

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, 1 USA & territories, Canada

Runtime: 129 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Dancing Girls [3:05]
2. Jam At Bamville [6:40]
3. Big Plans Afoot [6:15]
4. Music And Murder [11:51]
5. "Cotton" ing On [14:24]
6. Their Master's Voice [2:49]
7. Hot Hoofing [4:21]
8. Making Whopee [8:11]
9. Ill Winds [9:31]
10. Sandman's Plan [2:22]
11. No Passing Fancy [1:41]
12. Don't Madden Madden [9:09]
13. Deep-Six Dutch? [14:19]
14. Hard-Boiled Truth [10:39]
15. "For Your Fantasy!" [7:43]
16. End Credits [9:58]

Cast and Crew: John Barry  Composer (Music Score) 
Francis Ford Coppola  Director 
Francis Ford Coppola  Screenwriter 
Robert Evans  Producer 
William Kennedy  Screenwriter 
Mario Puzo  Screenwriter 
Dyson Lovell  Executive Producer 
Richard Gere  Actor 
Gregory Hines  Actor 
Diane Lane  Actor 
Lonette McKee  Actor 
Bob Hoskins  Actor 
James Remar  Actor 
Nicolas Cage  Actor 
Allen Garfield  Actor 
Fred Gwynne  Actor 
Lisa Jane Persky  Actor 
Maurice Hines  Actor 
Julian Beck  Actor 
Novella Nelson  Actor 
Tom Waits  Actor 
Wynonna Smith  Actor 
Charles "Honi" Coles  Actor 
Larry Marshall  Actor 
Woody Strode  Actor 
Nick Corri  Actor 
Ed Zang  Actor 
Ed Rowan  Actor 
Gwen Verdon  Actor 
Laurence Fishburne  Actor 
Ron Karabatsos  Actor 
Glenn Withrow  Actor 
Jennifer Grey  Actor 
Thelma Carpenter  Actor 
Joe Dallesandro  Actor 
Ed O'Ross  Actor 
Diane Venora  Actor 
Tucker Smallwood  Actor 
Bill Graham  Actor 
Dayton Allen  Actor 
Kim Chan  Actor 
Leonard Termo  Actor 
George Cantero  Actor 
Brian Tarantina  Actor 
Bruce MacVittie  Actor 
James Russo  Actor 
Giancarlo Esposito  Actor 
Bruce Howard  Actor 
Rony Clanton  Actor 
Damien Leake  Actor 
Bill Cobbs  Actor 
Joe Lynn  Actor 
Sandra Beall  Actor 
Zane Mark  Actor 
Tom Signorelli  Actor 
Paul Herman  Actor 
Randle Mell  Actor 
Steve Vignari  Actor 
Susan Mechsner  Actor 
Gregory Rozakis  Actor 
Marc Coppola  Actor 
Robert Earl Jones  Actor 
Vincent Jerosa  Actor 
Rosalind Harris  Actor 
Christopher Lewis  Actor 
Ralph Brown  Actor 
Henry Le Tang  Actor 
Sarita Allen  Actor 
Tracey Bass  Actor 
Jacquelyn Bird  Actor 
Carla Earle  Actor 
Wendy Edmead  Actor 
Sonia Hensley  Actor 
Mario Van Peebles  Actor 
Nicholas J. Giangiulio  Actor 
John Ryan  Actor 
Jordan Derwin  Actor 

Country: USA