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Ragtime (1981)

 -  Drama  -  8 January 1982 (USA)
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A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.

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The story runs in the 1910's New York. Coalhouse Walker Jr. is a black piano player. He has won fame and fortune playing with a jazz band. Some white men do not like this situation, and one day they assault him and spoil his brand new car. Walker tries by all means to get justice, without an answer... Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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new york city | piano | car | 1910s | pianist | See more »

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Young, beautiful, passionate, and scandalous. She was America in the time of "Ragtime." See more »

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8 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Bir Zamanlar  »

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SEK 3,022,477 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Robert Altman was replaced by Milos Forman as director of this project. See more »

Goofs

The newsreel lists an assassination attempt against President Theodore Roosevelt, presumably in 1904 when he was the incumbent running for a full term. The attempt on his life actually occurred in 1912 when, as a former president, he ran for the office again as the candidate of The Progressive Party. See more »

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Evelyn Nesbit: This little piggy went wee weee wee wee all the way to the bank.
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Referenced in Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher (2002) See more »

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ONE MORE HOUR
(1981)
Words & Music by Randy Newman
Sung by Jennifer Warnes
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No, NOT the 30's, not the 20's, the 'oughts ...
1 May 2000 | by (Manhattan) – See all my reviews

1906, to be specific, is when Stanford White was shot -- which of course marks the beginning date bookmark of the movie.

The "declaration of war" -- WW I -- as announced in a Newspaper headline at the end of the film, bookmarks the end of the movie -- and of the era.

Not trivial points, since a good part of the interest of this movie lies it it's serving as a relatively rare window into this period. Which unlike the 1930s or the 1920s which the plot summary and first comment confuse it with, is not a period which is much portrayed in film.

I'd say it's a pretty good, although not great, "costume" film. The first half is much stronger than the second half, both in historical interest and in character development.

Worth seeing though. Perhaps try seeing it right after "Age of Innocence", which is set primarily in the New York of the 1870s (although entirely among the upper upper class, instead of the somewhat broader class look, and city/near country look of Ragtime).


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