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Ragtime ()


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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations.
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New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
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Younger Brother
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Booker T. Washington
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Evelyn Nesbit
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Willie Conklin
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Delphin
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Evelyn's Dance Instructor
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Father
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Tateh
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Coalhouse Walker Jr.
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Mother
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Sarah
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Houdini (as Jeff Demunn)
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Henry Thaw
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Stanford White
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Jerome
Hoolihand Burke ...
Brigit
Norman Chancer ...
Gent No. 1 - Agent
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Grandfather
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P.C. O'Donnell
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Mameh
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Gang Member No. 1
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Police Captain No. 1
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Judge
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Delmas' Assistant No. 1
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Gang Member No. 2
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Special Reporter
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Gang Member No. 3
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Old Lady - T.O.C.
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Police Captain No. 2
Herman Meckler ...
Vernon Elliott
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Delmas' Assistant No. 2
Jenny Nichols ...
Little Girl
Max Nichols ...
Little Boy
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Gent No. 2 - Manager
Eloise Taylor ...
Mrs. Thaw (as Eloise O'Brien)
Don Plumley ...
Inspector McNeil
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Black Lawyer
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Gang Member No. 4
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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
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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
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Band Leader - Clef Club
George J. Manos ...
Novelty Shop Storeman
Val Pringle ...
Clef Club Manager
Ron Weyand ...
Dr. Muller
Sonny Abagnale ...
Evelyn's Driver
John Alderson ...
Waldo's Aide No. 1
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Policeman No. 5
Chaim Blatter ...
Rabbi
Donald Bisset ...
J.P. Morgan
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Fireman No. 3
Robert Coffin ...
Desk Clerk
Patrick Connor ...
Waldo's Aide No. 3
Joel Cutrara ...
Policeman No. 11
Jake Dengel ...
Fireman No. 2
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Stage Manager
Natalia Dobrer ...
Woman No. 1
Daniel Foley ...
Stock Reporter
Gretchen Franklin ...
Elderly Woman
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Thug No. 2
Guy Gregory ...
Black Butler No. 2
Dave Griffiths ...
Thug No. 1
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Policeman No. 13
Robert Henderson ...
Elderly Man
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Lawyer's Female Companion No. 1 (as Collette Hiller)
Patrick M. Hughes ...
Policeman No. 7
Elaine Ives-Cameron ...
Lawyer's Female Companion No. 2
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Policeman #3
Douglas Lambert ...
Police Sergeant
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Solomon Peretz (as Pavel Landovsky)
Norris Mailer ...
Lady with Stanford White
Derek Martin ...
Waldo's Aide No. 2
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Maitre D'
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Marksman
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Stock Reporter
Nelly Polissky ...
Woman in Window
Mike Potter ...
Thug No. 4
Anthony Powell ...
Policeman No, 9
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Guard at Family House
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Policeman No. 8
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Policeman
Bill Reimbold ...
Gent No. 3 - Lawyer
Bob Sherman ...
Policeman No. 10
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Stock Reporter
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Thug No. 3
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Library Guard
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Special Reporter
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Reporter
Britt Walker ...
Black Butler No. 1
Peter Whitman ...
Stock Reporter
Edward Wiley ...
Conductor
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
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Bail Clerk (uncredited)
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Phillip (uncredited)
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Assassin's Best Friend (uncredited)
Louis Marino ...
Jimmy Boy Stole Bread and Fallen Horse Scene (uncredited)
Cathy Munroe ...
Champagne Dancer (uncredited)
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Lower Class Workman (uncredited)
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Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)
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Sister (uncredited)
Ellen Stretton ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Judi Trott ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Milos Forman

Written by

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E.L. Doctorow ... (based on the novel by)
 
Michael Weller ... (screenplay)
 
Heinrich von Kleist ... (story "Michael Kohlhaas") (uncredited)

Produced by

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Dino De Laurentiis ... producer
Michael Hausman ... executive producer
Fred Sidewater ... associate producer (as Fredric M. Sidewater)
Bernard Williams ... executive producer

Music by

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Randy Newman

Cinematography by

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Miroslav Ondrícek ... director of photography

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Mary Goldberg ... casting: director: USA

Production Design by

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John Graysmark

Art Direction by

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John Dapper

Costume Design by

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Anna Hill Johnstone

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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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

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May Callas ... assistant art director: USA
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. ... property master (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Ted Clements ... assistant art director: UK
David Coley ... carpenter
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)
Michael Guyett ... scenic painter (uncredited)
Patricia Johnson ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dennis Murray ... plasterer (uncredited)
Richard Shelton ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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Edward Drohan ... special effects supervisor: USA (as Ed Drohan)
George Gibbs ... special effects supervisor: UK

Visual Effects by

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Charles Staffell ... process photography (as Charles D. Staffell)

Stunts

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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

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Tony Cridlin ... camera grip: UK
Bill Gerardo ... assistant camera
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

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Maggie Cartier ... casting: UK
Pat Golden ... casting associate: USA (as Patricia Golden)
David Rubin ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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)

Location Management

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Richard Brick ... location manager: USA
Carol Cuddy ... location co-ordinator: USA
Christopher Goode ... location co-ordinator: USA
Shawn Hausman ... location co-ordinator: USA
Reggie Life ... location co-ordinator: USA (as Regge Life)
Lee R. Mayes ... location co-ordinator: USA (as Lee Mayes)
Terry Needham ... location manager: UK
David Ticotin ... location co-ordinator: USA
Art Smith Jr. ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Stanley Cowell ... music coach: Mr. Rollins
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Gilbert Marouani ... music consultant
John Strauss ... music editor
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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James Fanning ... transport captain: USA (as James J. Fanning)
Gerald Makein ... transport captain: UK
Patrick Hogan ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Gordon Arnell ... unit publicist
Len Barnard ... supervising accountant
Mary Breen-Farrelly ... production accountant
June Broom ... publicity assistant
Dino De Laurentiis ... presenter
Martha De Laurentiis ... assistant accountant: NY (as Martha Schumacher)
Terry Gilbert ... assistant choreographer
Miroslav Hájek ... consultant: Mr. Forman
Adeline Leonard Seakwood ... production office coordinator: USA
Marilyse Morgan ... production secretary: UK
Charles Musser ... researcher
Amy Ness ... assistant: Mr. Forman
Golda Offenheim ... production co-ordinator
Martha Pinson ... script supervisor
Twyla Tharp ... choreographer
Marge Zimmerman ... assistant: Mr. Cagney
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer (uncredited)
Dick Delson ... national director of publicity (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou ... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Hector Freeman ... production staff (uncredited)
Daniel J. Heffner ... researcher (uncredited)
Ernie Karpeles ... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Ooty Moorehead ... craft service (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was Ragtime See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Love and Glory (Philippines, English title)
  • Na Época do Ragtime (Brazil)
  • Ragtime - hoppets och hatets tid (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Bir Zamanlar (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Ragtime - toivon ja vihan aika (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 155 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $151,351, 22 Nov 1981

Did You Know?

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Trivia James Cagney had been advised by his doctors and caregivers that making a film at this point in his life was very important for his health. The actor never flew, so he and his wife took an ocean liner to London, where his scenes were filmed. Despite his numerous infirmities, he stayed on-set during his fellow actors' close-ups to give them line readings. See more »
Goofs Charles W. Fairbanks was not Vice President when he ran with Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. He was a Senator from Indiana, chosen as Roosevelt's running mate that year. Roosevelt was William McKinley's Vice President; he became president when McKinley was assassinated, and had no Vice President for his first term. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy (1981). See more »
Soundtracks ONE MORE HOUR See more »
Quotes Coalhouse Walker Jr.: I read music so good, white folks think I'm fakin' it.
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