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The Cotton Club

The Cotton Club

Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / 2 PACK)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/2019
UPC: 0031398312925
Original Release: 1984
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sales rank: 6,525

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Lisa Jane Persky Frances Flegenheimer
Maurice Hines Clay Williams
Julian Beck Sol Weinstein
Novella Nelson Madame St. Clair
Tom Waits Irving Stark
Wynonna Smith Winnie Williams
Charles "Honi" Coles Sugar Coates
Larry Marshall Cab Calloway
Woody Strode Holmes
Nick Corri Actor
Ed Zang Clerk
Ed Rowan Messiah
Gwen Verdon Mrs. Tish Dwyer
Laurence Fishburne Bumpy Rhodes
Ron Karabatsos Mike Best
Glenn Withrow Ed Popke
Jennifer Grey Patsy Dwyer
Thelma Carpenter Norma Williams
Joe Dallesandro Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Ed O'Ross Monk
Diane Venora Gloria Swanson
Tucker Smallwood Kid Griffin
Bill Graham J.W.
Dayton Allen Solly
Kim Chan Ling
Leonard Termo Danny
George Cantero Vince Hood
Brian Tarantina Vince Hood
Bruce MacVittie Vince Hood
James Russo Vince Hood
Giancarlo Esposito Bumpy Hood
Bruce Howard Bumpy Hood
Rony Clanton Caspar Holstein
Damien Leake Bub Jewett
Bill Cobbs Bib Joe Ison
Joe Lynn Marcial Flores
Sandra Beall Myrtle Fay
Zane Mark Duke Ellington
Tom Signorelli Butch Murdock
Paul Herman Policeman #1
Randle Mell Policeman #2
Steve Vignari Trigger, Mike Coppola
Susan Mechsner Gypsie
Gregory Rozakis Charlie Chaplin
Marc Coppola Ted Husing
Robert Earl Jones Stage Door Joe
Vincent Jerosa James Cagney
Rosalind Harris Fanny Brice
Christopher Lewis Child in Street
Ralph Brown Hoofer
Henry Le Tang Hoofer
Sarita Allen Dancer
Tracey Bass Dancer
Jacquelyn Bird Dancer
Carla Earle Dancer
Wendy Edmead Dancer
Sonia Hensley Dancer
Mario Van Peebles Dancer
Nicholas J. Giangiulio Screen Test Thug
John Ryan Joe Flynn
Jordan Derwin Actor

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director,Screenwriter
John Barry Score Composer
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Gregory W.M. Bolton Art Director
Connie Brink Special Effects
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
David Chapman Art Director
Richard Dean Makeup
Robert Evans Producer
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Gregory Hines Choreography
William Kennedy Original Story,Screenwriter
Dyson Lovell Executive Producer
Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Malkin Editor
Michael Meacham Choreography
Arthur Mitchell Choreography
Melissa Prophet Associate Producer
Mario Puzo Original Story,Screenwriter
Gretchen Rennell Casting
Fred Roos Co-producer
Michael Smuin Choreography
Michael Stone Camera Operator
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Sylvio Tabet Co-producer
Henry Le Tang Choreography