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Scott Joplin (1977)

Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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(as Jeremy Paul Kagan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chauvin
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Belle Joplin
Eubie Blake ...
Will Williams
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Tom Turpin
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Dr. Jaelki
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Madam Amy
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Poor Alfred
Spo-De-Odee ...
Left Hand of God
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John Stark
David Healy ...
Sam Bundler
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Impresario
Leon Charles ...
Liebling
Fred Pinkard ...
Dr. Adams
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Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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Scott Joplin's Ragtime Music Portrayed American Life.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG
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Release Date:

30 December 1977 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only other composers mentioned as worthy equals in the film are John Philip Sousa and Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton. See more »

Quotes

Belle: I was remembering the time we said we'd marry. Does it embarass you so much to talk about it?
Scott Joplin: Ultimately, you'll see that I was wise not to talk about it.
Belle: You needn't stop talking altogether, you know. I've been made love to before. I know a lot about love. But it wasn't the same with them as it was with you. With you I felt soft and sorry inside. No matter how much you rejected me, I could stand it. Not anymore.
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Connections

References The Sting (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale: The Entertainer/Maple Leaf Rag/Gladiolus Rag
written by Scott Joplin
performed by Dick Hyman
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Joplin Opportunity
8 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous 2 reviewers, but I feel Joplin is still largely unappreciated within the USA. His music will last like that of Chopin, Verdi and the other sublime masters. I have been a professional musician for over 50 years and find Joplin's music as addictive as Bach or Mozart, especially since I am an American with classical, jazz and ragtime chops.

Any producers that can read this might consider a movie of Joplin's opera, which I have heard live and still get chills from thinking about it. In the same vein, the great American composer, Louis Gottschalk is also not widely known and appreciated. Gottschalk out ranked Chopin in Paris, France at one special time in the history of music. Perhaps the Indie film folks might also consider a film on Gottschalk, who was larger than life as was Joplin.


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