Los Angeles: Zoetrope Studios / Orion Pictures, 1982-83. Final Third Draft Script and Final Script for the 1984 film, "The Cotton Club," directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the non-fiction book by James Haskins, written for the screen by Coppola, William Kennedy, and Mario Puzo, and starring Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins, and Nicolas Cage.
Lucia Bozzola: "Combining electric song and dance performances with drama (both on and off screen), Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club" looks back to the 1920s-1930s peak of the legendary Harlem nightclub where only blacks performed and only whites could sit in the audience. Mixing historical figures with characters loosely based on actual people, Coppola and co-writers William Kennedy, and Mario Puzo (who Coppola worked with on "The Godfather" films) created a panorama of love, crime, and entertainment centered on the Club."
Two scripts are in this archive. First script: Black leatherette studio wrappers (produced by Studio Duplicating Service for use in New York).Title page present, noted as FINAL THIRD DRAFT, with a date of June 3, 1982, with only Puzo credited as screenwriter. 122 leaves, mechnically reproduced, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with yapped edges, bound with two gold brads.
Second script: Self-wrappers, with title page integral to the front wrapper, issued by Totally Independent, Ltd. Title page notes this draft as the FINAL SCRIPT, with screenwriting credits attributed to Coppola and Kennedy, dated December 8, 1983. 110 leaves, followed by 8 pages of continuity at the rear. Wrappers very slightly toned, else Near Fine.