- Coyote Ugly (film)
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David McNally Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by Gina Wendkos Starring Piper Perabo
Music by Trevor Horn Cinematography Amir M. Mokri Editing by William Goldenberg Distributed by Touchstone Pictures Release date(s) August 4, 2000 Running time 100 minutes
107 minutes (Director's Cut)
Country United States Language English Budget $45,000,000 Box office $113,916,474
Coyote Ugly is a 2000 romantic comedy/drama based on the actual Coyote Ugly Saloon, set in New York City. The film stars Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia. It was directed by David McNally, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman and written by Gina Wendkos.
Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) leaves her hometown of South Amboy, New Jersey, her father Bill (John Goodman), and best friend Gloria (Melanie Lynskey) to pursue her dreams in nearby New York City. When leaving town to become a songwriter, she signs an autograph which is pinned on the wall of the pizza place where she worked. The wall has many other autographs signed by the rest of the employees in South Amboy that left town hoping to make it big.
Violet tries unsuccessfully, dozens of times, to get her demo tape noticed by the recording studios. With only a few dollars left in her pocket after her apartment is robbed, she goes to an all-night diner and notices three girls - Cammie (Izabella Miko), Rachel (Bridget Moynahan) and Zoe (Tyra Banks) flaunting the hundreds of dollars in tips they earned. After inquiring, she finds out that they work at a trendy bar named Coyote Ugly. She finds her way to the bar and convinces the bar owner Lil (Maria Bello) to hire her. Lil hires her and explains she did so because Violet looks like a kindergarten teacher and the average patron "has a toddler in their pants" - she says the kids will love her. She is reluctantly nicknamed "Jersey". After starting her job, she quickly discovers she must learn the ropes of singing, dancing, and performing wild acts before a rowdy crowd.
One night, she tries to get herself noticed by a music industry scout. The bartender jokingly points out Kevin O'Donnell (Adam Garcia), making her believe that he is the bar owner. When the joke is discovered, Violet feels that Kevin was making a fool out of her. This event eventually brings them closer together. Kevin tries to help her in overcoming her shyness on the stage and they finally become lovers, in spite of his attempt to hide his past and departure from Australia. One night when she's doing a rowdy move while having water poured on her, Violet's picture is taken, which appears in the paper. Violet's dad sees it and gets angry at her. Then Bill gets in a massive car accident.
She finally lands a deal with a record label after a successful performance at an open mic night at the Bowery Ballroom which was attended by all of the 'Coyotes' from the Coyote Ugly saloon.
Back at Coyote Ugly after she sings with LeAnn Rimes the song she wrote for her while Bill watches with pride.
- Piper Perabo as Violet Sanford
- Adam Garcia as Kevin O'Donnell
- John Goodman as William Sanford
- Maria Bello as Lil
- Tyra Banks as Zoe
- Izabella Miko as Cammie
- Bridget Moynahan as Rachel
- Melanie Lynskey as Gloria
- Michael Weston as Danny
- Melody Perkins as New Coyote
- Johnny Knoxville as College Guy
- Alex Borstein as bidding auction woman (uncredited)
- LeAnn Rimes as Singing Voice of Violet (uncredited) / Herself
- The film has a performance by the band The Calling.
- Susan Yeagley as bidding auction woman (uncredited)
- The band playing at the end of the film is Chalk FarM.
- Michael Bay makes a cameo as a photographer.
- Kaitlin Olson as bidding auction woman.
The film was based on an article, "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon", in GQ by Elizabeth Gilbert, who worked as a bartender in the East Village. The bar which opened in 1993 quickly became a favorite of the Lower East Side hipsters.
The slang term "coyote ugly" refers to the feeling of waking up after a one-night stand, and discovering that your arm is underneath someone who is so physically repulsive that you would gladly gnaw it off without waking the person just so you can get away without being discovered. Coyotes are known to gnaw off limbs if they are stuck in a trap in order to facilitate escape.
Kevin Smith, who did an uncredited rewrite of the script, stated that a total of eight writers worked on the script while the Writers Guild of America only gave credit to Gina Wendkos, who wrote the first draft of the script, which, according to Smith, scarcely resembles the final film. (See WGA screenwriting credit system.)
Coyote Ugly was generally panned by critics, who saw it as little more than an excuse to portray "hot, sexy women dancing on a bar in a wet T-shirt contest." Even askmen.com admitted that while "incredibly attractive" women "flaunt that fact" in the film, "that's all there is". AskMen.com's audience rates the film 88/100, however.
In the summer of 2005, an unrated special edition of the film (the original release was rated PG-13 and the director's cut rated R) was released on DVD. The extended cut adds approximately six minutes to the film's runtime, most of which consists of additional shots of the "coyotes" dancing on the bar and of Violet and Cammie (Izabella Miko) trying on different outfits while shopping. Arguably the most notable additions are the extension of the sex scene between Violet and Kevin (Piper Perabo used a body double for most of the scene), and the inclusion of an additional scene which shows the "Coyotes" winning a softball game because Cammie distracts the pitcher by stripping. (The special features of the extended cut DVD are identical with those of the previous DVD release.)
The film's soundtrack features Violet's four songs from the movie, performed by LeAnn Rimes, as well as several other songs not exclusive to the film. It achieved gold status within one month of its release on August 1, 2000 and platinum status on November 7, 2000. On Aril 18, 2001 the soundtrack was certified 2x Platinum and and on January 9, 2002 it was certified 3x Platinum. The soundtrack was certified 4x Platinum on July 22, 2008 and was certified 5x Platinum (500,000 units) in Canada in 2002. Three singles were released from the soundtrack, all three by LeAnn Rimes, "Can't Fight the Moonlight" which achieved gold status, became a nearly instant hit on the radio charts and peaked at #11 on The Billboard Hot 100, "But I Do Love You" and "The Right Kind of Wrong".
Although Piper Perabo was able to sing for her character, it was decided that LeAnn Rimes would provide Violet's singing voice, albeit with a deliberate deviation from her natural vocal range. This means that during LeAnn's cameo in the movie, she is effectively duetting with herself.
Coyote Ugly soundtrack
Coyote Ugly Soundtrack album by Various Artists Released August 1, 2000 Genre Pop Label Curb Records Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathy Nelson, Mike Curb, Trevor Horn, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladayi, Ralph Jezzard, Snap!, John Boylan, Micheal Lloyd, Don Cook, Chris Waters, Brad Gilderman, Harvey Mason, Jr. Singles from Coyote Ugly No. Title Recording artist(s) Length 1. "Can't Fight the Moonlight" LeAnn Rimes 3:35 2. "Please Remember" LeAnn Rimes 4:34 3. "The Right Kind Of Wrong" LeAnn Rimes 3:47 4. "But I Do Love You" LeAnn Rimes 3:21 5. "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" Don Henley 4:30 6. "Unbelievable" EMF 3:30 7. "The Power" Snap! 3:40 8. "Need You Tonight" INXS 3:10 9. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" The Charlie Daniels Band 3:36 10. "Boom Boom Boom" Rare Blend 3:22 11. "Didn't We Love" Tamara Walker 3:24 12. "We Can Get There" (TP2K Hot Radio Mix) Mary Griffin 3:59
Chart (2000/01) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 1 Austrian Albums Chart 2 Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart 7 Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart 43 Canadian RPM Country Albums 1 Canadian Albums Chart 4 Danish Albums Chart 6 Dutch Albums Chart 60 Finnish Albums Chart 9 French Albums Chart 117 Norwegian Albums Chart 3 Spanish Albums Chart 47 Swedish Albums Chart 29 Swiss Albums Chart 9 US Billboard 200 9 US Billboard Top Country Albums 1 US Billboard Soundtracks 3 Preceded by
1 by The Beatles
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 22 – March 4, 2001
The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem
by Jo Dee Messina
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 26 – October 6, 2000
by George Strait
by Tim McGraw
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 10–16, 2001
I Need You
by LeAnn Rimes
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
by Various Artists
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 28 – May 4, 2001
Steers & Stripes
by Brooks & Dunn
by Faith Hill
RPM Country Albums number-one album
September 11 – November 12, 2000
More Music from Coyote Ugly
More Music from Coyote Ugly Soundtrack album by Various Artists Released January 28 2003 Genre Pop Label Curb Records Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathy Nelson, Mike Curb, Trevor Horn, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladayi, Ralph Jezzard, Snap!, John Boylan, Micheal Lloyd, Don Cook, Chris Waters, Brad Gilderman, Harvey Mason, Jr. No. Title Recording artist(s) Length 1. "One Way or Another" Blondie 2. "Rebel Yell" Billy Idol 3. "Rock This Town" Stray Cats 4. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" The Georgia Satellites 5. "Out Of My Head" Fastball 6. "Battle Flag" (Lo-Fidelity Allstars Remix) Pigeonhed 7. "It Takes Two" Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock 8. "Love Machine" The Miracles 9. "We Can Get There" (Almighty Radio Edit) Mary Griffin Bonus tracks No. Title Recording artist(s) Length 10. "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (Graham Stack Radio Edit) LeAnn Rimes 3:30 11. "But I Do Love You" (Almighty Radio Edit) LeAnn Rimes 4:02
Other songs in the film
The following songs appear in the movie, but on neither of the two soundtracks that were released.
- "Fly" by Sugar Ray
- "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
- "That's Me" by Tara MacLean
- "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling
- "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard
- "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz
- "Beer 30" by Reverend Horton Heat
- "Follow Me" by Uncle Kracker
- "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'" by Nurse With Wound
- "Never Let You Go" by Third Eye Blind
- "Love Is Alive" by Anastacia
- "Cowboy" by Kid Rock
- "Tony Adams" by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
- "Cailin" by Unwritten Law
- "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley
- "Like Water" by Chalk Farm
- "I Love Rock N Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
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- (German) Comparison of the theatrical release and the Unrated Edition, with screenshots
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