A new cut of Francis Ford Coppola
’s 1984 crime drama “The Cotton Club
” is set to hit theaters this fall following a bow at the 2019 New York Film Festival. “The Cotton Club
” stars Richard Gere
, Diane Lane
, Gregory Hines
, Bob Hoskins
, Laurence Fishburne
and Nicolas Cage
and is set in 1930s Harlem at the legendary jazz venue from which it takes its name. For the initial release, Coppola bent to outside concerns that he edit the film to focus solely on Gere’s character Dixie Dwyer. The Director’s Cut will presumably hew closer to the filmmaker’s original intent, which was to focus just as much on the character played by Gregory Hines, a dancer named Delbert “Sandman” Williams.
The official synopsis for the re-release reads: “In this lavish, 1930s-era drama, Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club becomes a hotbed of passion and violence as the lives and loves of entertainers and gangsters collide.