The passion, the violence, the birth of America's Gilded Age.

Ragtime (1981)

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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.

Director: Miloš Forman

Release Date: 1981-11-20
Status: Released
Run time: 155 min / 2:35
Production Companies : Paramount, Dino De Laurentiis Company
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1981-11-20
Status: Released
Run time: 155 min / 2:35

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James Cagney
as Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
Brad Dourif
as Younger Brother
Moses Gunn
as Booker T. Washington
Elizabeth McGovern
as Evelyn Nesbit
Kenneth McMillan
as Willie Conklin
Pat O’Brien
as Delphin
Donald O'Connor
as Evelyn's Dance Instructor
James Olson
as Father
Mandy Patinkin
as Tateh
Howard Rollins
as Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Mary Steenburgen
as Mother
Debbie Allen
as Sarah
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Houdini
Robert Joy
as Henry Thaw
Norman Mailer
as Stanford White
Jeff Daniels
as P.C. O'Donnel
Frankie Faison
as Gang Member 1
Samuel L. Jackson
as Gang Member 2
John Ratzenberger
as Policeman
Jack Nicholson
as Pirate (uncredited)
Richard Griffiths
as Delmas' Assistant No. 1
Bruce Boa
as Jerome
Hoolihand Burke
as Brigit
Norman Chancer
as Gent No. 1 - Agent
Edwin Cooper
as Grandfather
Fran Drescher
as Mameh
Hal Galili
as Police Captain No. 1
Alan Gifford
as Judge
Michael Jeter
as Special Reporter
Calvin Levels
as Gang Member No. 3
Bessie Love
as Old Lady - T.O.C.
Christopher Malcolm
as Police Captain No. 2
Herman Meckler
as Vernon Elliott
Billy J. Mitchell
as Delmas' Assistant No. 2
Jenny Nichols
as Little Girl
Max Nichols
as Little Boy
Zack Norman
as Gent No. 2 - Manager
Eloise Taylor
as Mrs. Thaw
Don Plumley
as Inspector McNeil
Ted Ross
as Black Lawyer
Dorsey Wright
as Gang Member No. 4
Robert Arden
as Foreman of the Jury
Robert Boyd
as Teddy Roosevelt
Thomas A. Carlin
as Vice President Fairbanks
John Clarkson
as Plainclothes Detective No. 1
Brian F. Dean
as Fireman No. 1
Harry Ditson
as County Clerk
Derek Martin
as Waldo's Aide


Directing Miloš Forman Director
Writing E.L. Doctorow Novel
Writing Michael Weller Writer
Production Dino De Laurentiis Producer
Sound Randy Newman Music
Editing Anne V. Coates Editor
Editing Antony Gibbs Editor
Editing Stanley Warnow Editor
Camera Miroslav Ondříček Director of Photography
Art John Graysmark Production Design
Art Patrizia von Brandenstein Production Design
Art Tony Reading Production Design

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