What The Cotton Club lacks is cohesion. As written by Coppola and novelist William Kennedy (then enjoying the peak of his critical acclaim), the movie struggles to exceed the narrative scope of The Godfather, but its multiple early-'30s plot lines fail to form any strong connective tissue. It's three (or four) movies in one, with cornet player Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere, playing his own jazzy solos) drifting from one story to the next--loving a young, ambitious vamp (Diane Lane, with whom Gere shares precious little chemistry), enjoying the success of a hotshot hoofer (Gregory Hines), and protecting his brazen bother (Coppola's then-newcomer nephew, Nicolas Cage) from the deadly temper of mob boss Dutch Schultz (James Remar). Bob Hoskins and Fred Gwynne also score big in grand supporting roles, but The Cotton Club is perhaps best appreciated for its meticulous re-creation of Harlem's Cotton Club heyday, and the brilliant music (Ellington, Calloway, etc.) that brought rhythm to gangland's rat-a-tat-tat. --Jeff Shannon
It is still great movie,since I saw it more than 10 years ago.I recommend it. Five stars.What else to say?You watch it!Published on Dec 14 2012 by Elena Tchernova
There was enough tap and dance to keep my creative spirit satisfied and smiling wide. The poetic drama was wonderful and the singing was quite entertaining as well. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by "cathycathycathy"
Like many of Coppola's movies, Cotton Club is great to look at and listen to, but the storytelling falls flat and lacks coherency. Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Douglas Millhoff
This movie is brilliant and fascinating from beginning to end. It's so romantic, stylish and beautiful. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by MarianaP
Has anyone else had a problem with this DVD? I've rented two different copies of the DVD, and neither one has worked in my DVD player. I can never get past the menu screen. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003
I think this film is very good, but it is lacking something. It takes place in the late 1920's and early 1930's (Right before the great depression. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by Brian Kessler
I liked this film. I especially liked Duke Ellington's piece,(The Mooche,) in the beginning of the film. Read morePublished on July 19 2002 by Evelyn O. Simon
This is one of Coppola all time greats. A must for any jazz fan. The sound track is also a must have. Read morePublished on May 26 2002 by "dma333x2"
Under-appreciated movie, and Tom Waits does his usual top-notch work in a very small role. What more can you ask, along with all the other compliments here?Published on May 16 2002