Ragtime Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 7928

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 32

Theatrical Release Date: 11/20/1981

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Milos Forman

Actors: James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Mandy Patinkin, Mary Steenburgen

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Ragtime - Some things change others do not...

Indyfreak - wrote on 10/23/2016

Milos Forman's sprawling historical drama encompasses how class, race, politics, and family shaped the social climate of early 1900s New York City. There are two main stories in a film full of subplots. The first is a white family's experiences with a wily black pianist (Howard Rollins) whose disdain for the social hierarchy of the times hold perhaps drastic consequences. The second is the media frenzy between a love triangle gone wrong between an insane millionaire, his childish wife, and a famous architect. Both are engaging narratives that revel in the idiosyncrasies of the period but also don't shy away from the unpleasantness of turn-of-the-century America. What makes it more entertaining are the early appearances by performers who've since become a staple of Hollywood's long list …

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