The Cotton Club (1984)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Music

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The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

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  • Diane Lane and James Remar in The Cotton Club (1984)
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22 October 1999 | Craig-88
Use the fast-forward button.
The best way to see this film is to scan through it at great speed. Stop and watch the dancing, Lonette McKee's singing and, especially, any scene with Bob Hoskins and Fred Gwynne. They make a *wonderful* team and the Watch scene is one of the finest, most concise scenes of friendship in any movie.

Gwynne, in particular, is impressive. Early on, he stands by quietly as Hoskins runs a gangster's peace meeting. Hoskins warns the participants to cool off or "you'll have to deal with me!" And Gwynne very quietly adds, "And me."... and the audience I saw it with went, "Whooaaa...!" The man conveyed incredible menace with two soft words. It wasn't until nearly half-way through the movie that some half-wit in the audience yelled out, "Hey. That's Herman Munster!"

Gwynne and Hoskins play their gangsters as funny, pragmatic and highly lethal men. They are far better than anything that surrounds them in this movie.

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