Ragtime (1981)

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

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1981-11-20
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 67 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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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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  • James Olson

    as Father
  • Elizabeth McGovern

    as Evelyn Nesbit
  • Howard Rollins

    as Coalhouse Walker Jr.
  • James Cagney

    as Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
  • Moses Gunn

    as Booker T. Washington
  • Brad Dourif

    as Younger Brother
  • Kenneth McMillan

    as Willie Conklin
  • Pat O’Brien

    as Delphin
  • Donald O'Connor

    as Evelyn's Dance Instructor
  • Mandy Patinkin

    as Tateh
  • 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
  • Al Matthews

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