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Ragtime movie poster
Directed by Miloš Forman
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Novel:
  E.L. Doctorow
  Michael Weller
  Bo Goldman (uncredited)
Starring James Cagney
Brad Dourif
Moses Gunn
Elizabeth McGovern
Kenneth McMillan
Howard E. Rollins, Jr.
Mary Steenburgen
Samuel L Jackson
Jack Nicholson
Fran Drescher
Debbie Allen
Music by Randy Newman
Cinematography Miroslav Ondříček
Editing by Anne V. Coates
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 20, 1981
Running time 155 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Ragtime was a 1981 motion picture based on the historical novel Ragtime (1975) by E. L. Doctorow. The action takes place in and around New York City, New Rochelle, and Atlantic City in the first decade of the 1900s, and includes fictionalized references to actual people and events of the time. The film was directed by Miloš Forman. The music was the first full feature score composed by Randy Newman. This was James Cagney's final feature film; he was ailing during the shoot.

Although ambiguous about the year of action within the storyline, architect and socialite Stanford White was actually shot in 1906 and the trial(s) of Harry K. Thaw for the murder took place in 1907 and again in 1908. Thaw's wife, Evelyn Nesbit had a previous intimate relationship with White while she was a teenager.


Featured cast

Actor Role
Debbie Allen Sarah
Donald Bisset J.P. Morgan
Robert Boyd President Theodore Roosevelt
James Cagney NYPD Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
Thomas A. Carlin Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks
Jeff Daniels P. C. O'Donnell
Jeffrey DeMunn Harry Houdini
Fran Drescher Mameh
Moses Gunn Booker T. Washington
Brad Dourif Younger Brother
Frankie Faison Gang Member No. 1
Samuel L. Jackson Gang Member No. 2
Michael Jeter Special Reporter
Robert Joy Harry K. Thaw
Andreas Katsulas Policeman who brings Sarah to the house
Bessie Love Old T.O.C. Lady
Norman Mailer Stanford White
Elizabeth McGovern Evelyn Nesbit
Kenneth McMillan Willie Conklin
Pat O'Brien Mr. Delphin Delmas
Donald O'Connor Evelyn's dance instructor
James Olson Father
Mandy Patinkin Tateh
Ethan Phillips Guard at Family House
John Ratzenberger Fireman
Howard E. Rollins, Jr. Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Ted Ross Lawyer
Mary Steenburgen Mother
Ron Weyand Doctor Muller
Stuart Kirkwood Policeman
Jack Nicholson Pirate At Beach



1981 Academy Awards (Oscars)

The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards: [1]

1981 BAFTA Film Awards

  • Nominated – Best Original Song: Randy Newman for the song "One More Hour"

1981 Golden Globe Awards

1981 Grammy Awards

1981 Image Awards

1981 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1981 Writers Guild of America Awards

  • Nominated – WGA Screen Award for Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium: Michael Weller


One instrumental from the soundtrack, a lively number called "Clef Club Number 2", was later used as the theme tune for ESPN's "Inside Baseball" weekly magazine program hosted by George Grande.


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