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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.

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James Cagney
Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Brad Dourif
Younger Brother
Moses Gunn
Booker T. Washington
Kenneth McMillan
Willie Conklin
Pat O'Brien
Mr. Delphin Delmas
Donald O'Connor
Evelyn's Dance Instructor
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Critic Reviews for Ragtime

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Audience Reviews for Ragtime

  • Apr 18, 2018
    Doctorow's novel is a tricky thing to adapt, especially with its deliberately elusive ideas about America. Inevitably a lot of materiel was cut or truncated in this movie but there is a lot to admire in Forman's vision here. His focus on the characters inspires a lot of empathy, more than usual in these kinds of period pieces.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2008
    It drags here and there but mostly a fine epic film
    jay n Super Reviewer

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