|  Book Tickets: 30/05/2014
  |  Buy to Own: 15/10/2001
  |  149 min
Rated 15 by the BBFC
Ragtime Film Poster


Milos Forman's lavish adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's panoramic novel of American life in the early years of the 20th century. Mixing fact and fiction, the drama unfolds on a number of different fronts: a millionaire kills a celebrated architect in a dispute over the millionaire's showgirl wife; a black ragtime pianist is pushed to the limit when his car is destroyed by a racist fire chief; a middle-class family gradually comes apart at the seams; and an immigrant artist struggles to build a new life for himself in the New World. The film cost $32 million and was the result of a production process which saw at least one director - Robert Altman - fall by the way side; it also features Jimmy Cagney's return to the screen after a 20 year hiatus.