The Cotton Club | 1984

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Main Plot

"The Cotton Club" is a crime drama set in the 1930s, revolving around the lives of various characters involved in the famous Cotton Club jazz club in Harlem, New York. The film explores the intersecting worlds of musicians, gangsters, and entertainers, highlighting the racial tensions and corruption of the era.


  • Richard Gere's character in The Cotton Club is Dixie Dwyer, a talented jazz musician and a love interest.
  • Gregory Hines played the character of Sandman Williams, a talented tap dancer and performer at The Cotton Club.
  • Vera Cicero, a singer and mistress of a mobster, who becomes involved in a love triangle in 1930s Harlem.

Ending Explained

In the ending of The Cotton Club, the notorious gangster Dutch Schultz is killed by his own men. Meanwhile, the main character, Dixie Dwyer, manages to escape his criminal past and pursues a career as a Hollywood actor. The Cotton Club is shut down due to the authorities' investigation into the mob's activities. Dixie reunites with his former love interest, Vera, and they leave New York together. The film concludes with a montage showcasing the vibrant performances and the legacy of the Cotton Club, highlighting the intertwining worlds of music, crime, and ambition.

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Francis Ford Coppola Richard Gere Gregory Hines Diane Lane