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PG| 2 hr. 35 min.

Plot Summary
A kaleidoscope of tales from E.L. Doctorow's eponymous novel evokes life in pre-World War I New York City. A white family find a black baby in their yard and takes on the mother as a maid. A black pianist, Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Howard E. Rollins Jr.), returns for his woman and child after finding success in a Harlem jazz band. Firefighters, dismayed to see a black man own a Model-T Ford, deface it, and Walker demands retribution. The white family becomes involved in Evelyn Nesbit's trial.

Cast: James Cagney , Howard E. Rollins Jr. , Elizabeth McGovern , Brad Dourif , Moses Gunn , Kenneth McMillan , Pat O'Brien , Donald O'Connor

Director: Milos Forman

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Ragtime (1981)

Release Date: November 20th, 1981|2 hr. 35 min.

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  • Rgatime is a loving, beautifully mounted, graceful film that creates its characters with great clarity. show more

  • Ragtime itself twinkles with delight - perhaps only an immigrant, and a recent one, could have made this film, which looks squarely at the social problems gnawing at North America but which finds, within them and without them, cause for hope. [20 Nov 1981] show more

  • Ambitious, but only sporadically engaging. show more

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