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  • Ragtime (1981)
  • PG
    155 min | Drama
Ragtime (1981)
155 min | Drama

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.
E.L. Doctorow (based on the novel by) | Michael Weller (screenplay)
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Release date
Dec 25, 1981 (United States)


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118 cast members
Name Known for
James Cagney
New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo   See fewer
Brad Dourif
Younger Brother Younger Brother   See fewer
Moses Gunn
Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington   See fewer
Elizabeth McGovern
Evelyn Nesbit Evelyn Nesbit   See fewer
Kenneth McMillan
Willie Conklin Willie Conklin   See fewer
Pat O'Brien
Delmas Delmas   See fewer
Donald O'Connor
Evelyn's Dance Instructor Evelyn's Dance Instructor   See fewer
James Olson
Father Father   See fewer
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Coalhouse Walker Jr. Coalhouse Walker Jr.   See fewer
Jeffrey DeMunn
Houdini (as Jeff Demunn) Houdini (as Jeff Demunn)   See fewer
Robert Joy
Henry Thaw Henry Thaw   See fewer
Norman Mailer
Stanford White Stanford White   See fewer
Bruce Boa
Jerome Jerome   See fewer
Norman Chancer
Gent No. 1 - Agent Gent No. 1 - Agent   See fewer
Edwin Cooper
Grandfather Grandfather   See fewer
Jeff Daniels
P.C. O'Donnell P.C. O'Donnell   See fewer
Frankie Faison
Gang Member No. 1 Gang Member No. 1   See fewer
Hal Galili
Police Captain No. 1 Police Captain No. 1   See fewer
Richard Griffiths
Delmas' Assistant No. 1 Delmas' Assistant No. 1   See fewer
Samuel L. Jackson
Gang Member No. 2 Gang Member No. 2   See fewer
Michael Jeter
Special Reporter Special Reporter   See fewer
Calvin Levels
Gang Member No. 3 Gang Member No. 3   See fewer
Bessie Love
Old Lady - T.O.C. Old Lady - T.O.C.   See fewer
Christopher Malcolm
Police Captain No. 2 Police Captain No. 2   See fewer
Herman Meckler
Vernon Elliott Vernon Elliott   See fewer
Billy J. Mitchell
Delmas' Assistant No. 2 Delmas' Assistant No. 2   See fewer
Jenny Nichols
Little Girl Little Girl   See fewer
Max Nichols
Little Boy Little Boy   See fewer
Zack Norman
Gent No. 2 - Manager Gent No. 2 - Manager   See fewer
Eloise Taylor
Mrs. Thaw (as Eloise O'Brien) Mrs. Thaw (as Eloise O'Brien)   See fewer
Don Plumley
Inspector McNeil Inspector McNeil   See fewer
Ted Ross
Black Lawyer Black Lawyer   See fewer
Dorsey Wright
Gang Member No. 4 Gang Member No. 4   See fewer
Robert Arden
Foreman of the Jury Foreman of the Jury   See fewer
Robert Boyd
Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt   See fewer
Thomas A. Carlin
Vice President Fairbanks Vice President Fairbanks   See fewer
John Clarkson
Plainclothes Detective No. 1 Plainclothes Detective No. 1   See fewer
Brian F. Dean
Fireman No. 1 Fireman No. 1   See fewer
Harry Ditson
County Clerk County Clerk   See fewer
Robert Dorning
Gent with Stanford White Gent with Stanford White   See fewer
Geoffrey Greenhill
Police Guard - T.O.C. Police Guard - T.O.C.   See fewer
Ray Hassett
Policeman No. 12 Policeman No. 12   See fewer
Robert Hitt
Plainclothes Detective No. 2 Plainclothes Detective No. 2   See fewer
Rodney James
Sleek Male Dancer Sleek Male Dancer   See fewer
George Harris
Band Leader - Clef Club Band Leader - Clef Club   See fewer
George J. Manos
Novelty Shop Storeman Novelty Shop Storeman   See fewer
Val Pringle
Clef Club Manager Clef Club Manager   See fewer
Ron Weyand
Dr. Muller Dr. Muller   See fewer
Sonny Abagnale
Evelyn's Driver Evelyn's Driver   See fewer
John Alderson
Waldo's Aide No. 1 Waldo's Aide No. 1   See fewer
Nesbitt Blaisdell
Policeman No. 5 Policeman No. 5   See fewer
Donald Bisset
J.P. Morgan J.P. Morgan   See fewer
Josh Clark
Fireman No. 3 Fireman No. 3   See fewer
Robert Coffin
Desk Clerk Desk Clerk   See fewer
Patrick Connor
Waldo's Aide No. 3 Waldo's Aide No. 3   See fewer
Joel Cutrara
Policeman No. 11 Policeman No. 11   See fewer
Jake Dengel
Fireman No. 2 Fireman No. 2   See fewer
Barry Dennen
Stage Manager Stage Manager   See fewer
Natalia Dobrer
Woman No. 1 Woman No. 1   See fewer
Daniel Foley
Stock Reporter Stock Reporter   See fewer
Gretchen Franklin
Elderly Woman Elderly Woman   See fewer
Pat Gorman
Thug No. 2 Thug No. 2   See fewer
Guy Gregory
Black Butler No. 2 Black Butler No. 2   See fewer
Dave Griffiths
Thug No. 1 Thug No. 1   See fewer
Jeff Harding
Policeman No. 13 Policeman No. 13   See fewer
Robert Henderson
Elderly Man Elderly Man   See fewer
Colette Hiller
Lawyer's Female Companion No. 1 (as Collette Hiller) Lawyer's Female Companion No. 1 (as Collette Hiller)   See fewer
Patrick M. Hughes
Policeman No. 7 Policeman No. 7   See fewer
Elaine Ives-Cameron
Lawyer's Female Companion No. 2 Lawyer's Female Companion No. 2   See fewer
Andreas Katsulas
Policeman #3 Policeman #3   See fewer
Douglas Lambert
Police Sergeant Police Sergeant   See fewer
Pavel Landovský
Solomon Peretz (as Pavel Landovsky) Solomon Peretz (as Pavel Landovsky)   See fewer
Norris Mailer
Lady with Stanford White Lady with Stanford White   See fewer
Derek Martin
Waldo's Aide No. 2 Waldo's Aide No. 2   See fewer
Al Matthews
Maitre D' Maitre D'   See fewer
Stuart Milligan
Marksman Marksman   See fewer
Richard Oldfield
Stock Reporter Stock Reporter   See fewer
Nelly Polissky
Woman in Window Woman in Window   See fewer
Mike Potter
Thug No. 4 Thug No. 4   See fewer
Anthony Powell
Policeman No, 9 Policeman No, 9   See fewer
Ethan Phillips
Guard at Family House Guard at Family House   See fewer
Joe Praml
Policeman No. 8 Policeman No. 8   See fewer
John Ratzenberger
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
Bill Reimbold
Gent No. 3 - Lawyer Gent No. 3 - Lawyer   See fewer
Bob Sherman
Policeman No. 10 Policeman No. 10   See fewer
Tony Sibbald
Stock Reporter Stock Reporter   See fewer
Stan Simmons
Thug No. 3 Thug No. 3   See fewer
John Sterland
Library Guard Library Guard   See fewer
Jan Tríska
Special Reporter Special Reporter   See fewer
Burnell Tucker
Reporter Reporter   See fewer
Britt Walker
Black Butler No. 1 Black Butler No. 1   See fewer
Peter Whitman
Stock Reporter Stock Reporter   See fewer
Edward Wiley
Conductor Conductor   See fewer
Russell Brook
Onlooker (uncredited) Onlooker (uncredited)   See fewer
John Carrafa
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
Nancy Cohen
Female Diner (uncredited) Female Diner (uncredited)   See fewer
Harry Fielder
Cop (uncredited) Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
Jim Fitzpatrick
Bail Clerk (uncredited) Bail Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
Robert Hallak
Phillip (uncredited) Phillip (uncredited)   See fewer
Barrie Holland
Pinkerton Detective (uncredited) Pinkerton Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
Warren Kliewer
Man (uncredited) Man (uncredited)   See fewer
Derek Lyons
Assassin's Best Friend (uncredited) Assassin's Best Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
Louis Marino
Jimmy Boy Stole Bread and Fallen Horse Scene (uncredited) Jimmy Boy Stole Bread and Fallen Horse Scene (uncredited)   See fewer
Cathy Munroe
Champagne Dancer (uncredited) Champagne Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
Chris Parsons
Lower Class Workman (uncredited) Lower Class Workman (uncredited)   See fewer
Frank Patton III
Arresting Police Officer (uncredited) Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
Billie Perkins
Stroller (uncredited) Stroller (uncredited)   See fewer
Ilana Rapp
Sister (uncredited) Sister (uncredited)   See fewer
Guy Standeven
Householder (uncredited) Householder (uncredited)   See fewer
Ellen Stretton
Bit Part (uncredited) Bit Part (uncredited)   See fewer
Judi Trott
Chorus Girl (uncredited) Chorus Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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