#62 The Cotton Club

#62 The Cotton Club
Year: 1984
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
MPAA Rating: R
Epic Co-stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Morpheus
Running Time: 127 mins 
Cage Time: 5%
Cage Kills: bunches
Cage Flip-outs: 1
Skyler's Review: 
Nic Cage plays Richard Gere's brother- you can tell they're brothers, because they have identical pencil-thin mustaches (much admired by James and Skyler). Cage is married to Baby from Dirty Dancing---three years before Dirty Dancing, certainly before the nose job that probably cost her career.

Richard Gere plays a jazz musician, Dixie Dwyer, who happens to save a gangster's life during a police raid on a bootleg jazz bar. Or something. The gangster, "Dutch," takes a liking to Dwyer and hires him as a musician/personal assistant, and Dwyer's kid brother, Vincent (Nic Cage) as hired muscle. Dutch is a real creeper--played by James Remar--who does things like cheerfully stab gangsters in the throat over Jewish slurs.

Nicolas Cage with a sweet mustache. I just wish he got more screen time in this movie.

Young Diane Lane looks exactly like Julia Stiles and is the love interest for Gere. White people are gangsters, bootleggers, etc. Black people are very musical.

Most of Nic Cage's quotes are heavy on the "N-word" so you won't see many below. Turns out his character isn't crazy about Black people, and his job primarily seems to consist of shooting or punching them and stealing their money.

Movie quotability:
  • "This is the handsomest I've ever seen Richard Gere." -James
  • "You white folks are so smart." -Sandman
  • "Bugle Boy, me Jesse James!" -Nic Cage
  • "You know how I got that big? I ate a pigeon every day." -Dutch
  • "You do move me... in unusual places." -Dixie

Plot Holes:

  • Richard Gere and Diane Lane slap each other in the face and start fight-dancing, and people at the club applaud. 
!Read in the CAGE!


Steve M said...

Boring! Need I say more?

Unknown said...

This film marks Nic's first on-screen death. The only redeeming quality of this film is the jazz music and dancing. At least Gere can play the cornet/trumpet, even if he can't sing or act.

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