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Ragtime Movie

Movie Summary for Ragtime


An 80s movie following the story of a musician. A pianist in the early 1900ís gets picked on because of the color of his skin.

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It is the 1900s and jazz pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr (played by Howard E Rollins Jr) is enjoy the success that his career brings in the movie Ragtime.

Walker is caught up in a time period where racism is prevalent and all are pleased about his success except the White folks in Ragtime. So they torture him and his property as he tries to get someone in authority to listen to his plight.


Commissioner Rheinlander Waldo - James Cagney
Younger Brother - Brad Dourif
Booker T. Washington - Moses Gunn
Evelyn Nesbit - Elizabeth McGovern
Willie Conklin - Kenneth McMillan
Mr. Delphin Delmas - Pat O'Brien
Evelyn's Dance Instructor - Donald O'Connor
Father - James Olson
Tateh - Mandy Patinkin
Coalhouse Walker Jr. - Howard E Rollins Jr.
Mother - Mary Steenburgen
Sarah - Debbie Allen
Harry Houdini - Jeffrey DeMunn
Henry 'Harry' Kendall Thaw - Robert Joy
Stanford White - Norman Mailer


OJ Simpson was considered for the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the movie Ragtime.

The film Ragtime was nominated several times for an Academy Award.

Academy Awards:

Howard E. Rollins, Jr. won for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the role of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime.

Elizabeth McGovern won for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for the role of Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime.

Randy Newman won for Best Original Score for Ragtime.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Ragtime was released to theatres on 11/20/1981 by Paramount Pictures, and grossed $17,468,158 at the box office in the US.

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