• The Cotton Club (2002)

The Cotton Club

Release Date: February 8th, 2002

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 1999

R |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

The lives of various characters intersect at Harlem's renowned Cotton Club. Handsome horn player Dix Dwyer (Richard Gere) falls for Vera Cicero (Diane Lane), the stunning girlfriend of famous gangster Dutch Schultz (James Remar). Meanwhile Dix's brother, Vincent (Nicolas Cage), falls in with Schultz's crew, while Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins), the jazz venue's proprietor, has his own mob ties. Although Dix goes on to become a Hollywood actor, his life doesn't get any less complicated or dangerous.

Cast: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Nicolas Cage, Allen Garfield

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Genres: Musical

Production Co: Zoetrope Studios

Keywords: Love , Emotional , 1930s , Spirited , Engaging , Rivalry , Brother , Love triangle ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    The Cotton Club never seems to go anywhere, so that we are caught up short when it seems to have gotten somewhere. Then it's over, finished in Hines' blaze of glory, and a few minutes later one wonders what one has seen. It's big and colorful and terribly thin. [14 Dec 1984, p.E18]

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Cotton Club lacks the resonance of The Godfather; it's similar stylistically, but everything is coarsened, caricatured. What Coppola has achieved, however, is what Sergio Leone was after in Once Upon a Time in America when he tried to celebrate America by recycling the cliches of its gangster films. [14 Dec 1984]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club is, quite simply, a wonderful movie. It has the confidence and momentum of a movie where every shot was premeditated -- and even if we know that wasn't the case, and this was one of the most troubled productions in recent movie history, what difference does that make when the result is so entertaining? show more

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Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)