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Scott Joplin (1977)

Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Dee Williams ... Scott Joplin
Clifton Davis ... Chauvin
Margaret Avery ... Belle Joplin
Eubie Blake Eubie Blake ... Will Williams
Godfrey Cambridge ... Tom Turpin
Seymour Cassel ... Dr. Jaelki
Otis Day ... John The Baptist
Mabel King ... Madam Amy
Taj Mahal ... Poor Alfred
Spo-De-Odee Spo-De-Odee ... Left Hand of God
Art Carney ... John Stark
David Healy ... Sam Bundler
Samuel Fuller ... Impresario
Leon Charles Leon Charles ... Liebling
Fred Pinkard Fred Pinkard ... Dr. Adams
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Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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Taglines:

Scott Joplin's Ragtime Music Portrayed American Life.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally a made-for-television movie, but was released to theaters. See more »

Quotes

Belle: I was remembering the time we said we'd marry. Does it embarass you so much to talk about it?
Scott Joplin: Ultimately, you'll see that I was wise not to talk about it.
Belle: You needn't stop talking altogether, you know. I've been made love to before. I know a lot about love. But it wasn't the same with them as it was with you. With you I felt soft and sorry inside. No matter how much you rejected me, I could stand it. Not anymore.
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Connections

References The Sting (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Solace
written by Scott Joplin
performed by Dick Hyman
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Another Hidden Genius
6 December 2019 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

I love watching films about historical figures that have made positive and memorable contributions to the world. I especially like such films about figures I'd never heard of before. Even though this movie came out in 1977 I'd never heard of it or Scott Joplin for that matter. And what's so funny is that when the movie started I was thinking, "They're using the same music as The Sting." Little did I know that The Sting was using Scott Joplin's music.

Scott Joplin as a biopic was not as creative as the man himself. It was slow and even uninteresting at times. I'm happy to know of him and his work I just think this docudrama lacked something. I don't know if it needed more conflict, more drama, or just a more compelling figure--I just know it lacked something. I would never call it a bad movie and I'm still glad I watched it.


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