Cotton Club, The

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The following guns were used in the film The Cotton Club:

The Cotton Club (1984)

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M1911A1

Most of the gangsters in the film use M1911A1s. Dutch Schultz (James Remar) carries a 1911, which he draws several times including his death scene, during which he cocks the gun but drops it before he is able to fire. His lieutenant Otto "Abbadabba" Berman (Allen Garfield) also carries one, most notably seen when Berman is wounded by the bomb and gunmen in the Bamville Club in the opening sequence. Vince "Mad Dog" Dwyer (Nicolas Cage) and his thugs also carry 1911s, one of which is briefly examined by Vince's brother "Dixie" Dwyer (Richard Gere). Frenchy DeMange (Fred Gwynne) draws his to subdue Dutch after Dutch kills Mr. Flynn (John Ryan), who also carried a 1911.

M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Abbadabba Berman lays wounded on the ground next to his M1911.
Frenchy puts his 1911 to Dutch's head.
Dutch calms down when Frenchy pushes the 1911 into his temple.
Dixie looks at one of Vince's 1911 pistols.
Arthur, one of Vince's gunmen, looks over at Vince's wife Patsy (Jennifer Grey).
A Cotton Club doorman looks at Dutch's 1911, kicked out the window by Sandman Williams (Gregory Hines).

Walther PPK

Dutch's killer Sol Weinstein (Julian Beck) uses a Walther PPK to shoot Vince's friend. (This is a slight anachronism as the scene takes place in 1930 and the PPK version of the Walther PP wasn't introduced until 1931).

Walther PPK in 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Sol shoots Vince's friend with his PPK.
Vince's friend dies at the hand of Sol's PPK.

Colt Official Police

A hitman (Mark Margolis) hired by Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins), Frenchy DeMange, and "Lucky" Luciano (Joe Dallesandro) shoots Dutch Schultz with a Colt Official Police revolver in the bathroom of a restaurant.

Colt Official Police - .38 Special
A hitman kills Dutch.

Browning Auto-5

Vince's bodyguard uses a Browning Auto-5 shotgun to guard the room where Frenchy is being hidden during the kidnapping.

Browning Auto 5 (pre WW2) - 12 gauge
A bodyguard holds the shotgun to Dixie.
The shotgun-toting bodyguard watches Dixie and Frenchy.

Thompson M1928

Vince "Mad Dog" Dwyer (Nicolas Cage) fires a Thompson M1928 with a drum magazine in a Harlem nightclub while working for Dutch. When Vince hires thugs to kill Sol, the hitmen use Thompsons in a drive-by from a black sedan. Unfortunately, their wide range of fire kills not only Sol but a young boy on the street (based on an actual event from the life of "Mad Dog" Coll). The hitman who kills Vince (Mark Margolis) also uses a Thompson. Dutch's crew has Thompson gun bullets pumped into them after they've all been shot.

M1928 "Tommy Gun" .45 ACP with 50-round drum magazine
Vince "Mad Dog" Dwyer (Nicolas Cage) sprays the nightclub with this Thompson.
Vince's thugs shoot their Thompsons during a drive-by.
Vince is mowed down in a phone booth by one of Owney Madden's assassins.
Dutch's hitman prepares to gun down the rest of his gang.



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