Originally Posted by aruvqan
I may just break down and buy the movie soundtrack as well as the original Duke version, I understand Richard Gere actually is a musician and did his own horn work on the movie.
You should definitely get the soundtrack, for Lonette McKee's astonishing version of "Ill Wind" if for nothing else, but everything else is fantastic too.
The Cotton Club
is one of our favorite films. Like another of our favorite films, the original theatrical/VHS version
of One From The Heart
(not the shockingly, appallingly-butchered DVD release, which I would not recommend in a million years), it's a wonderful film that mystifyingly got a bum rap from critics and therefore the public. Coppola may have been a hired gun and maybe there were budget problems (a piffling trifle compared to today's movie budgets and budget overruns) but boy did he turn out a great film. The script, the acting (yes, even Gere), the music, the montages, even the credits, are top-quality and, to us at least, magical.