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The Cotton Club [1984] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Haskins, Mario Puzo, William Kennedy
  • Producers: Barrie M. Osborne, Dyson Lovell, Fred Roos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVEP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,896 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 30 May 2007
Format: DVD
A chain of sketches that portray a popular image of The Jazz Age in New York. Phenomenal cinematography, casting, choreography and a soundtrack that is a tribute to Ellington. Not a linear story but a series of steps (reproduced metaphorically in the explosive tap dancing of the Nicholas Brothers as portrayed by the Hines bros.) that build a staircase to nostalgia. Gets better with each viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr John Willison on 1 Aug 2009
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A rather fragmented example of Francis Ford Coppola's work. But a brilliant film for the dance, fashion and music. Who would have realised that Richard Gere (not my favourite actor) could play the cornet so well. Definately worth watching - especially for those who loved : Mean Streets, Good fella's,etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gillian S on 4 April 2013
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Singing, dancing, love, gangsters, guns and fighting. What more do you need out of a film?! Me and my husband thoroughly enjoyed this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By agent smith on 9 Aug 2011
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Saw this film in the 90s on tv and i liked the story and look,now i have the dvd i can say its still a good film.Directed by Francis Coppola(Godfather)its a story set in the real life Cotton Cub of the 20s.its not a musical but jazz and dance play a big part of the story.Richard Gere plays a trumpet player who gets mixed up with gangsters and falls for the mistress of the boss played by Diane Lane who looks amazing in 20s clothing,other actors include Nicolas Cage,Bob Hoskins,Fred Gwynne(Herman Munster)and James Remar,lots more happens but you will need to see it to find out. shame no extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sam lowry on 26 Nov 2010
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The Cotton Club [1984] [DVD]

Francis Coppola's The Cotton Club is a Great Gangster film--albeit flawed, but great none the less, the story of Dixie(Richard Gere)Dwyer, and his rise to movie fame as seen through the Cotton club of the title.
Gere is supported by a superb cast--Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Fred Gynne and Bob Hoskins(a brilliant double act...), Lawrence Fishburne, James Remar and Allen Garfield and the Hines brothers.
Although sorely lacking in a "story arc", the movie has more than enough energy, with excellent actors working hard and making "sticky scenes" work.

Excellent photography, and superb choreography add an extra element to this movie--and an excellent tap at the end, is superbly edited into the finale...

Although hampered by a runaway budget, and far too many problems backstage--Coppola makes a great, if flawed picture...
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Often criticized, The Cotton Club remains a very stylish recreation of the thirties, balancing carefully on the thin line between parody and homage.

The central story about a cornet player and a gangster's moll runs along nicely without being spectacular. But a few things make The Cotton Club memorable. The singing and dancing is never less than sensational. Rather than go for a lavish Moulin Rouge-type approach, Coppola recreates what it must have been like in reality to play in a small club in Harlem. The production values (decors, costumes etc) are lush.

This brings me to the really interesting part: although it's not really part of the main story, the sub-text about black people coming to terms with the inequality of the time is far more interesting as a dramatic motor. As the cast (that includes Nicholas Cage, Laurence Fishbourne and a stunning cast of secondary characters) is just about half and half, the interplay between their stories is fascinating.

I'll dip into this one again for the many song and dance routines.
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