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Director:
Writers:
E.L. Doctorow (based on the novel by)
Michael Weller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 January 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was Ragtime See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Flawed Beauty Is Nonetheless A Beauty See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo

Brad Dourif ... Younger Brother

Moses Gunn ... Booker T. Washington

Elizabeth McGovern ... Evelyn Nesbit

Kenneth McMillan ... Willie Conklin

Pat O'Brien ... Delphin

Donald O'Connor ... Evelyn's Dance Instructor

James Olson ... Father

Mandy Patinkin ... Tateh

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Coalhouse Walker Jr.

Mary Steenburgen ... Mother

Debbie Allen ... Sarah

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Houdini (as Jeff Demunn)

Robert Joy ... Henry Thaw

Norman Mailer ... Stanford White
Bruce Boa ... Jerome
Hoolihand Burke ... Brigit
Norman Chancer ... Gent No. 1 - Agent
Edwin Cooper ... Grandfather

Jeff Daniels ... P.C. O'Donnell

Fran Drescher ... Mameh

Frankie Faison ... Gang Member No. 1
Hal Galili ... Police Captain No. 1
Alan Gifford ... Judge

Richard Griffiths ... Delmas' Assistant No. 1

Samuel L. Jackson ... Gang Member No. 2

Michael Jeter ... Special Reporter
Calvin Levels ... Gang Member No. 3

Bessie Love ... Old Lady - T.O.C.
Christopher Malcolm ... Police Captain No. 2
Herman Meckler ... Vernon Elliott
Billy J. Mitchell ... Delmas' Assistant No. 2
Jenny Nichols ... Little Girl
Max Nichols ... Little Boy

Zack Norman ... Gent No. 2 - Manager
Eloise Taylor ... Mrs. Thaw (as Eloise O'Brien)
Don Plumley ... Inspector McNeil

Ted Ross ... Black Lawyer
Dorsey Wright ... Gang Member No. 4
Robert Arden ... Foreman of the Jury
Robert Boyd ... Teddy Roosevelt
Thomas A. Carlin ... Vice President Fairbanks
John Clarkson ... Plainclothes Detective No. 1
Brian F. Dean ... Fireman No. 1
Harry Ditson ... County Clerk
Robert Dorning ... Gent with Stanford White
Geoffrey Greenhill ... Police Guard - T.O.C.
Ray Hassett ... Policeman No. 12
Robert Hitt ... Plainclothes Detective No. 2
Rodney James ... Sleek Male Dancer

George Harris ... Band Leader - Clef Club
George J. Manos ... Novelty Shop Storeman
Val Pringle ... Clef Club Manager
Ron Weyand ... Doctor Muller
Sonny Abagnale ... Evelyn's Driver
John Alderson ... Waldo's Aide No. 1

Nesbitt Blaisdell ... Policeman No. 5
Chaim Blatter ... Rabbi
Donald Bisset ... J.P. Morgan

Josh Clark ... Fireman No. 3
Robert Coffin ... Desk Clerk
Patrick Connor ... Waldo's Aide No. 3
Joel Cutrara ... Policeman No. 11
Jake Dengel ... Fireman No. 2

Barry Dennen ... Stage Manager
Natalia Dobrer ... Woman No. 1
Daniel Foley ... Stock Reporter
Gretchen Franklin ... Elderly Woman
Pat Gorman ... Thug No. 2
Guy Gregory ... Black Butler No. 2
Dave Griffiths ... Thug No. 1
Jeff Harding ... Policeman No. 13
Robert Henderson ... Elderly Man

Colette Hiller ... Lawyer's Female Companion No. 1
Patrick M. Hughes ... Policeman No. 7
Elaine Ives-Cameron ... Lawyer's Female Companion No. 2

Andreas Katsulas ... Policeman #3
Douglas Lambert ... Police Sergeant
Pavel Landovský ... Solomon Peretz (as Pavel Landovsky)
Norris Mailer ... Lady with Stanford White
Derek Martin ... Waldo's Aide No. 2
Al Matthews ... Maitre D'
Stuart Milligan ... Marksman
Richard Oldfield ... Stock Reporter
Nelly Polissky ... Woman in Window
Mike Potter ... Thug No. 4
Anthony Powell ... Policeman No, 9

Ethan Phillips ... Guard at Family House

Joe Praml ... Policeman No. 8

John Ratzenberger ... Policeman
Bill Reimbold ... Gent No. 3 - Lawyer
Bob Sherman ... Policeman No. 10
Tony Sibbald ... Stock Reporter
Stan Simmons ... Thug No. 3
John Sterland ... Library Guard
Jan Tríska ... Special Reporter
Burnell Tucker ... Reporter
Britt Walker ... Black Butler No. 1
Peter Whitman ... Stock Reporter
Edward Wiley ... Conductor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Carrafa ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Cop (uncredited)

Jim Fitzpatrick ... Bail Clerk (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Assassin's Best Friend (uncredited)

Jack Nicholson ... Pirate at Beach (uncredited)

Frank Patton ... Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Sister (uncredited)
Ellen Stretton ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Judi Trott ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Milos Forman 
 
Writing credits
E.L. Doctorow (based on the novel by)

Michael Weller (screenplay by)

Heinrich von Kleist  story "Michael Kohlhaas" (uncredited)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Michael Hausman .... executive producer
Fred Sidewater .... associate producer (as Fredric M. Sidewater)
Bernard Williams .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Newman (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
John Graysmark 
 
Art Direction by
John Dapper 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hairdresser: USA
Joe Cuervo .... makeup artist: USA
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist: UK
Peter Frampton .... makeup artist: UK
Bob Grimaldi .... hairdresser: USA (as Robert Grimaldi)
Stephanie Hall .... hairdresser: UK
Max Henriquez .... makeup artist: USA
Colin Jamison .... hairdresser: UK
Leonard .... hair (as Leonard of London)
 
Production Management
Malcolm J. Christopher .... production manager: UK (as Malcolm Christopher)
Patricia Churchill .... production manager: USA (as Pat Churchill)
Richard Brick .... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Armstrong .... second assistant director: UK
Michael Hausman .... first assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director: UK
Joel Tuber .... second assistant director: USA
Ken Tuohy .... second assistant director: UK (as Ken Touhy)
 
Art Department
May Callas .... assistant art director: USA
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... property master (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Ted Clements .... assistant art director: UK
George DeTitta Jr. .... set decorator: USA (as George De Titta Jr.)
George DeTitta Sr. .... set decorator: USA (as George De Titta Sr.)
Edward Garzero .... scenic artist: USA
Bert Hearn .... property master: UK
Peter Howitt .... set decorator: UK
John Lanzer .... property buyer: UK
Ted Michell .... scenic artist: UK
Carlos Quiles .... construction manager: USA (as Carlos Quiles Sr.)
Tony Reading .... art director: UK (as Anthony Reading)
Vic Simpson .... construction manager: UK
Steve Spence .... assistant art director: UK
Patrizia von Brandenstein .... art director: USA (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Joe Williams Sr. .... head construction grip: USA
Andy Aitken .... plasterer (uncredited)
Michael Boone .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... property master (uncredited)
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer (uncredited)
John Dapper .... assistant art director: USA (uncredited)
Gerald DeTitta .... set dresser (uncredited)
Patricia Johnson .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dennis Murray .... plasterer (uncredited)
Richard Shelton .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Terry Busby .... assistant sound editor
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator: UK
Nigel Galt .... assistant sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Archie Ludski .... sound editor
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator: USA
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Ken Weston .... boom operator: UK
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Greg P. Russell .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Edward Drohan .... special effects supervisor: USA (as Ed Drohan)
George Gibbs .... special effects supervisor: UK
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... process photography (as Charles D. Staffell)
 
Stunts
Joe Cirillo .... stunt fireman
Nicholas J. Giangiulio .... stunt fireman (as Nick Giangiulio)
Victor Magnotta .... stunt co-ordinator (as Vic Magnotta)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Lisa Cain .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Frank Ferrara .... stunt fireman (uncredited)
Scott Interrante .... stunt double: Houdini (uncredited)
Steve James .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
James Randi .... stunt coordinator: Houdini (uncredited)
Konrad Sheehan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Cridlin .... camera grip: UK
Vinnie Gerardo .... camera assistant: USA
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer electrician: UK (as Maurice Gillette)
Ronald M. Lautore .... second camera operator: USA
Peter MacDonald .... second camera operator: UK
Mary Ellen Mark .... special photographer
Douglas Milsome .... camera assistant: UK
Muky .... still cameraman (as Muky Muncasi)
Bob Penn .... still cameraman
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator (as Thomas A. Priestley Jr.)
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer electrician: USA
Ed Quinn .... key grip
Alan Barry .... best boy (uncredited)
Gary Cross .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Kenward .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Billy Kerwick .... grip (uncredited)
Micky Wilson .... electrician (uncredited)
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Maggie Cartier .... casting: UK
Mary Goldberg .... casting: USA
Pat Golden .... casting associate: USA (as Patricia Golden)
David Rubin .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor: UK
John Boyt .... assistant costume designer: USA
Bill Christians .... wardrobe assistant: USA
Peggy Farrell .... assistant costume designer: USA
Ian Hickinbotham .... wardrobe assistant: UK (as Ian Hickinbottom)
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe supervisor: USA
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe assistant: UK
Guy Tanno .... wardrober (uncredited)
Sue Wain .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne V. Coates .... film editor: UK
Nena Danevic .... associate editor: USA
Roberta Friedman .... post-production coordinator: USA
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant editor: USA
Antony Gibbs .... film editor: UK
Peter Honess .... assistant editor: UK
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor: UK
Patrick Moore .... assistant editor: UK
Patrick Mullins .... assistant editor: USA
Stanley Warnow .... film editor: USA
Debra Bard .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Judith Blume .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
John Murray .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tom Aberg .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Stanley Cowell .... music coach: to Mr. Rollins
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Gilbert Marouani .... music consultant
John Strauss .... music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transport captain: USA (as James J. Fanning)
Gerald Makein .... transport captain: UK
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... unit publicist
Len Barnard .... supervising accountant
Mary Breen-Farrelly .... production accountant
Richard Brick .... location manager: USA
June Broom .... publicity assistant
Carol Cuddy .... location co-ordinator: USA
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Martha De Laurentiis .... assistant accountant: NY (as Martha Schumacher)
Terry Gilbert .... assistant choreographer
Christopher Goode .... location co-ordinator: USA
Shawn Hausman .... location co-ordinator: USA
Miroslav Hájek .... consultant: to Mr. Forman
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator: USA
Reggie Life .... location co-ordinator: USA (as Regge Life)
Lee R. Mayes .... location co-ordinator: USA (as Lee Mayes)
Marilyse Morgan .... production secretary: UK
Charles Musser .... researcher
Terry Needham .... location manager: UK
Amy Ness .... assistant: to Mr. Forman
Golda Offenheim .... production co-ordinator
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor
Twyla Tharp .... choreographer
David Ticotin .... location co-ordinator: USA
Marge Zimmerman .... assistant: to Mr. Cagney
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Hector Freeman .... production staff (uncredited)
Ernie Karpeles .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Ooty Moorehead .... craft service (uncredited)
Art Smith Jr. .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Love and Glory" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
155 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film reunited James Cagney (coming out of a 20-year retirement following One, Two, Three (1961)) with Pat O'Brien, his frequent co-star from the 1930s and 1940s. It was the last theatrical film for both of them.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: While negotiating with Coalhouse Walker Jr., the earpiece hook on the phone hangs in the off position while Conklin is talking.See more »
Quotes:
Younger Brother:I design fireworks. That's my job.
[the black anarchists laugh in derision]
Younger Brother:. I can make bombs.
[They stop laughing and take him seriously]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Downton Abbey: Episode #4.6" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
ONE MORE HOURSee more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A Flawed Beauty Is Nonetheless A Beauty, 2 February 2002
Author: Paul Dana (bigpurplebear@aol.com) from San Francisco, CA USA

I finished reading Doctorow's novel just before it was announced that production had started on the movie. I remember thinking, "How the hell do you make a movie of a book where the central characters are named 'Mother,' 'Father,' and 'Mother's Younger Brother?'"

Milos Forman showed how: In a word, beautifully.

And "Ragtime" is beautiful, stunning in its recreation of early 1900s New York, utilizing a script which somehow ties together the central events and their effects on its main characters as well as one of the finest, most haunting soundtracks (Randy Newman, who went so far as to compose several original 'ragtime' numbers) in the past twenty years, topped off with a first-rate cast.

James Cagney was the big news, of course, and deservedly so: Emerging from twenty years of retirement, he showed that he'd not only not lost anything but had added to his expertise. Add Mary Steenburgen, Mandy Patinkin, James Olsen, Howard Rollins, Keith McMillan and even Elizabeth McGovern (each of them perfectly cast), to name but a few, and you see where Forman wasn't missing a bet.

"Ragtime" suffers, ultimately, due to lapses in editing -- the most grievous lapse the cutting of a short scene which explains Commissioner Waldo's motivation behind the action he ultimately takes with Coalhouse Walker. Some cuts are always necessarily (especially in a movie as sprawling as this), yet that cut -- and several others -- flaw this beauty of a film.

But not fatally. Not at all. More than twenty years later, "Ragtime" is still gorgeous.

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