In 1984, Francis Ford Coppola’s epic, sprawling film The Cotton Club opened to tepid reviews and weak box-office returns. This weekend, the film’s lead producer, Robert Evans, died at the age of 89, just days after Coppola’s recut version of the film was released to a much more generous response. Thirty-five years ago, as the film came together, New York’ s Michael Daly painstakingly reported on its troubled production, budget overruns, and even the murder of a major investor. “The Making of The Cotton Club: A True Tale of Hollywood” took up 22 pages of New York’ s May 7, 1984 issue, and you can read it all here.
In honor of the life of legendary producer Robert Evans, we’re revisiting the film that almost made him lose his tan. Photo: New York Magazine