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Ragtime (1981)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $17,468,158Details
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Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
90% - Fresh
Audience
77% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 20th, 1981 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 156 minutes
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Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Ragtime Productions, Ragtime Productions (U.K.)
Production Countries: United Kingdom,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 232 $673,959 Feb 19, 1982 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 208 $938,641 Feb 12, 1982 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 387 $536,245 Feb 5, 1982 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 397 $702,905 Jan 29, 1982 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 457 $851,000 Jan 22, 1982 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 419 $1,403,534 Jan 15, 1982 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 572 $1,508,236 Jan 8, 1982 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 630 $2,045,298 Jan 1, 1982 45
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,306 $103,955 Dec 4, 1981 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,307 $160,884 Nov 27, 1981 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,711 $151,351 Nov 20, 1981 3

Cast

James Cagney    New York Police Commissioner Rheinlander Waldo
Brad Dourif    Younger Brother
Moses Gunn    Booker T. Washington
Elizabeth McGovern    Evelyn Nesbit
Kenneth McMillan    Willie Conklin
Pat O'Brien    Delmas
Donald O'Connor    Evelyn's Dance Instructor
James Olson    Father
Mandy Patinkin    Tateh
Howard E. Rollins, Jr.    Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Mary Steenburgen    Mother
Debbie Allen    Sarah
Jeff Demunn    Houdini
Robert Joy    Harry K. Thaw
Norman Mailer    Stanford White
Bruce Boa    Jerome
Hoolihan Burke    Brigit
Norman Chancer    Gent, Agent
Edwin Cooper    Grandfather
Jeff Daniels    Sgt. O'Donnell
Fran Drescher    Mameh
Frankie Faison    Gang Member
Hal Galili    Police Captain
Alan Gifford    Judge
Richard Griffiths    Delmas Assistant
Samuel L. Jackson    Gang member
Michael Jeter    Special Reporter
Calvin Levels    Gang Member
Bessie Love    Old Lady, T.O.C.
Malcolm Christopher    Police Captain
Herman Meckler    Vernon Elliott
Billy J. Mitchell    Delmas Assistant
Jenny Nichols    Little Girl
Max Nichols    Little Boy
Zack Norman    Gent, Manager
Eloise O'Brien    Mrs. Thaw
Don Plumley    Inspector McNeil
Ted Ross    Black Lawyer
Dorsey Wright    Gang Member
Robert Arden    Foreman of the Jury
Robert Boyd    Teddy Roosevelt
Thomas A. Carlin    Vice President Fairbanks
John Clarkson    Plainclothes Detective
E. Brian Dean    Fireman
Harry Ditson    County Clerk
Robert Dorning    Gent with Stanford White
Geoffrey Greenhill    Police Guard, T.O.C.
Ray Hassett    Policeman
Robert Hitt    Plainclothes Detective
Rodney James    Sleek Male Dancer
George Harris    Band Leader, Clef Club
George J. Manos    Novelty Shop Storeman
Val Pringle    Clef Club Manager
Ron Weyand    Doctor Muller
Sonny Abagnale    Evelyn's Driver
John Alderson    Waldo's Aide
Nesbitt Blaisdell    Policeman
Chaim Blatter    Rabbi
Donald Bisset    J.P. Morgan
Josh Clark    Fireman
Robert Coffin    Desk Clerk
Patrick Connor    Waldo's Aide
Joel Cutrara    Policeman
Jake Dengel    Fireman
Barry Dennen    Stage Manager
Natalia Dobrer    Woman
Daniel Foley    Reporter
Gretchen Franklin    Elderly Woman
Pat Gorman    Thug
Guy Gregory    Black Butler
Dave Griffiths    Thug
Jeff Harding    Policeman
Robert Henderson    Elderly Man
Collette Hiller    Lawyer's Female Companion
Patrick M. Hughes    Policeman
Elaine Ives-Cameron    Lawyer's Female Companion
Andreas Katsulas    Policeman
Douglas Lambert    Police Sergeant
Pavel Landovsky    Soloman Peretz
Norris Mailer    Lady with Stanford White
Derek Martin    Waldo's Aide
Al Matthews    Maitre d'
Stuart Milligan    Marksman
Richard Oldfield    Reporter
Nelly Polissky    Woman in Window
Mike Potter    Thug
Anthony Powell    Policeman
Ethan Phillips    Guard at Family House
Joe Praml    Policeman
John Ratzenberger    Fireman
Bill Reimbold    Gent, Lawyer
Bob Sherman    Policeman
Tony Sibbald    Reporter
Stan Simmons    Thug
John Sterland    Library Guard
Jan Triska    Special Reporter
Burnell Tucker    Reporter
Britt Walker    Black Butler
Peter Whitman    Reporter
Edward Wiley    Conductor

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Dino De Laurentiis
Screenwriter    Michael Weller
Story Creator    E.L. Doctorow
Executive Producer    Michael Hausman
Executive Producer    Bernard Williams
Composer    Randy Newman
Associate Producer    Fredric M. Sidewater
Assistant Director    Michael Hausman
Production Manager    Pat Churchill
Production Manager    Malcolm Christopher
Production Designer    John Graysmark
Art Director    Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Art Director    Anthony Reading
Set Decorator    George DeTitta, Sr
Set Decorator    George DeTitta Jr.
Set Decorator    Peter Howitt
Director of Photography    Miroslav Ondricek
Costume Designer    Anna Hill Johnstone
Associate Costume Designer    Peggy Farrell
Associate Costume Designer    John Boyt
Costume Supervisor    Marilyn Putnam
Costume Supervisor    Ron Beck
Editor    Anne V. Coates
Editor    Antony Gibbs
Associate Editor    Nena Danevic
Sound Mixer    Chris Newman
Dubbing Mixer    Gerry Humphreys
Sound Editor    Les Wiggins
Sound Editor    Archie Ludski
Music Editor    John Strauss
Song Writer    Randy Newman
Casting Director    Mary Goldberg
Casting Director    Maggie Carter
Casting Associate    Patricia Golden
Stunt Coordinator    Victor Magnotta

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1981/11/20 11 $151,351   5 $30,270   $151,351 3
1981/11/27 9 $160,884 +6% 4 $40,221   $418,359 10
1981/12/04 13 $103,955 -35% 5 $20,791   $594,893 17
1982/01/01 11 $2,045,298   444 $4,607   $8,382,501 45
1982/01/08 9 $1,508,236 -26% 447 $3,374   $10,741,269 52
1982/01/15 7 $1,403,534 -7% 419 $3,350   $12,631,335 59
1982/01/22 12 $851,000 -39% 350 $2,431   $13,835,000 66
1982/01/29 12 $702,905 -17% 250 $2,812   $14,751,152 73
1982/02/05 14 $536,245 -24% 215 $2,494   $15,457,026 80
1982/02/12 13 $938,641 +75% 500 $1,877   $16,652,108 87
1982/02/19 13 $673,959 -28% 442 $1,525   $17,468,158 94

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1981/11/20 9 $257,475   5 $51,495   $257,475 7
1981/11/27 8 $233,463 -9% 4 $58,366   $490,938 14
1982/01/01 11 $2,895,830   444 $6,522   $9,233,033 49
1982/01/08 7 $1,994,768 -31% 447 $4,463   $11,227,801 56
1982/01/15 7 $1,756,199 -12% 419 $4,191   $12,984,000 63
1982/01/22 10 $1,064,247 -39% 350 $3,041   $14,048,247 70
1982/01/29 12 $872,534 -18% 250 $3,490   $14,920,781 77
1982/02/05 10 $792,686 -9% 215 $3,687   $15,713,467 84
1982/02/12 13 $1,080,732 +36% 500 $2,161   $16,794,199 91