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Ragtime (1981)

PG
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.
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E.L. Doctorow (based on the novel by) | Michael Weller (screenplay)
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Opening Wknd
$ 151,351
Gross (USA)
$ 14,920,781
Gross (World)
$ 14,920,781
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Release date
Dec 25, 1981 (United States)

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James Cagney
New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo   See fewer
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Brad Dourif
Younger Brother Younger Brother   See fewer
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Moses Gunn
Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington   See fewer
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Elizabeth McGovern
Evelyn Nesbit Evelyn Nesbit   See fewer
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Kenneth McMillan
Willie Conklin Willie Conklin   See fewer
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Pat O'Brien
Delphin Delphin   See fewer
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Donald O'Connor
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James Olson
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Howard E. Rollins Jr.
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Jeffrey DeMunn
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Robert Joy
Henry Thaw Henry Thaw   See fewer
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Norman Mailer
Stanford White Stanford White   See fewer
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Bruce Boa
Jerome Jerome   See fewer
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Norman Chancer
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Edwin Cooper
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Jeff Daniels
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Frankie Faison
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Hal Galili
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Richard Griffiths
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Samuel L. Jackson
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Michael Jeter
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7.3 / 10 | 7,636 votes