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Budget: $45m (USA)

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Release Date: August 4, 2000

Official site: US, UK

Official Saloon site: Coyote Ugly Saloon

Distributor: Touchstone Films

Production Company: Jerry Bruckheimer Films (Enemy of the State, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Pearl Harbor, Remember the Titans)

Cast: Bridget Moynahan, Piper Perabo, Izabella Miko, and Tyra Banks

Director: David McNally

Screenwriter: Gina Wendkos

Premise: A sexy romantic comedy featuring a spectacular soundtrack, "Coyote Ugly" is the story of one girl's wild adventure in the big city. Graced with a velvet voice, 21-year-old Violet Sanford heads to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter, only to find her aspirations sidelined by the accolades and notoriety she receives at her "day" job as a bar maid at Coyote Ugly. A new nightclub with a twist, Coyote Ugly is the hottest spot in town, featuring a team of sexy, enterprising young women who tantalize customers and the media alike with their outrageous antics.

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Critic Reviews

"...a movie that's the ''follow your dream'' equivalent of singing karaoke along with a DVD of ''Flashdance."
-- Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

"It looks like a big-budget version of a Miller's Genuine Draft commercial."
-- Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

"There is a real Coyote Ugly in New York's East Village, but no one has to go there to know it's nothing like the bar in ``Coyote Ugly'' the movie. Bars like that don't exist, so movies have to invent them."
-- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Film Facts

Some goofs you may have caught in the film:

The girls are dancing on the bar and Lil (the owner) and Jersey are talking. In the next shot girls are dancing on the bar and Lil is standing alone, then in the next shot Lil and Jersey are talking again.
Errors in geography: Piedmont is in South Dakota not North Dakota.
Continuity: Violet burns her CD on the computer and a CD with a blank upper side comes out; when she puts it in the envelope it is printed with a white layer.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Violet buys the computer, the salesman talks about a laptop; the computer he shows her is also a laptop, though it isn't obvious.
Continuity: When Cammie demonstrates to Violet the pouring of ten shots, she begins to set the shot glasses out in two rows of five. After she picks up the bottles, Cammie pours the liquor into a single straight line of ten shot glasses.
Continuity: In the bar, a customer rapid-fires an order, of which the last item is "2 MGD" (Miller Genuine Draft), confusing Violet, but the other girls take over expertly - missing the MGD.
Continuity: After Violet introduces herself to "Mr.O'Donnell" (Kevin) Kevin's boss comes out to yell at him. The boss leaves, slamming the door behind him, on a close up shot. Then the camera cuts to a two shot of Violet and Kevin, and you see Kevin's boss leaving (again!) in the background.
Continuity: When O'Donnell takes Jersey to the studio, the cardboard cutouts are in different positions.
Factual errors: Amazing Spider-Man #129 has probably never hit $1000. A February 2001 source (Wizard) lists it at $150.
Continuity: At the surprise party, Gloria and Violet switch places on the stage from one shot to the next.
Factual errors: In New York, bottles have a 5 cent deposit, but someone cleaning the bar is shown mixing them in with trash; highly unlikely for a business with such a large volume.
Audio/visual unsynchronised: At the Bowery Ballroom, after Kevin turns out the lights, The vocals start, but Violet is still walking to her mike, and her lips aren't moving.
Continuity: At the end of the movie when Kevin and Violet are talking, they go to kiss each other, almost with their lips touching, then the camera angle changes and they are farther away from kissing than where they were in the last camera angle.
Continuity: When Violet and Gloria go into her new apartment to look around, Violet's hair is straight and slightly wavy, but when she walks out into the street to tell Gloria bye, her hair is in curly ringlets.
Factual errors: Tara MacLean (the singer at open mic night) is misspelled in the credits as Tara McLean.
Continuity: Lil's hair is longer throughout the movie than at her initial meeting with Violet. This is mentioned in the DVD commentary.
Crew or equipment visible: When Gloria is dropping Violet off at her apartment for the first time and they are standing outside talking, Gloria's sunglasses are on her head and you can see the lights in them.

The cast, crew, and production office were all at the Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel, 905 California Street at Powell.

The film grossed $40.774 mil (Non-USA) as of December 7 2000

Coyote Ugly won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only) for LeAnn Rimes For her song "Can't Fight the Moonlight" as well as winning for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Romance Maria Bello. It was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female for Best Newcomer Piper Perabo as well as for Favorite Soundtrack (Internet Only). It was also nominated for a 2001 Nominated Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing -Music - Musical Feature (Foreign & Domestic) Shannon Erbe (music editor).

The cast of Coyote Ugly are featured on a the cover of October/November 2000 issue of Men from France. The cover story is 6 pages with one page for each girl with a large photo and several stills from the movie. You can find the pic of the cover in the Bridget Photo Gallery.

The NJ Turnpike tollbooth scenes were actually shot at the tollbooths of the Atlantic Beach Bridge on Long Island, NY.

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