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Ragtime (1981)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $17,468,158Details
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Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 3,701-3,800) 3,766 $17,468,158
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 4,901-5,000) 4,943 $17,468,158

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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
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

Days In
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 354 $6,372,429 Jan 1, 1982 45
Theater Average 3rd Weekend 69 $20,791 Dec 4, 1981 17
Theater Average 2nd Weekend 42 $40,221 Nov 27, 1981 10

Supporting 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

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

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

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

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

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

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