Scott Joplin

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Billy Dee Williams stars as legendary ragtime pianist/composer Scott Joplin in this 1977 biopic. Despite his brilliance, Joplin 1868-1917 was confined by the color of his skin to the dregs of show business in the late 19th century. While competing in a musical contest, Joplin introduces his most famous composition, "The Maple Leaf Rag," thereby commanding the attention of a white music publisher. Offered a ridiculously low price for the song, Joplin nevertheless agrees to sell his composition, figuring that he ...
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Billy Dee Williams stars as legendary ragtime pianist/composer Scott Joplin in this 1977 biopic. Despite his brilliance, Joplin 1868-1917 was confined by the color of his skin to the dregs of show business in the late 19th century. While competing in a musical contest, Joplin introduces his most famous composition, "The Maple Leaf Rag," thereby commanding the attention of a white music publisher. Offered a ridiculously low price for the song, Joplin nevertheless agrees to sell his composition, figuring that he has a better chance at fame and fortune once he's published. Before long, Ragtime music has become a national craze, and Joplin is rich beyond his wildest dreams. But the composer realizes that his brand of music is not considered respectable, and yearns to write something of more lasting value--a concerto, perhaps, or even an opera. Alas, Joplin's talents begin failing him, and by age 49 he is on the brink of death, a victim of syphilis. Originally made for television by Motown Films, Scott Joplin was released theatrically by Universal Pictures.
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  • Release Date: 1/30/2001
  • UPC: 096898609135
  • Original Release: 1977
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Dee Williams Scott Joplin
Clifton Davis Louis Chauvin
Margaret Avery Belle Joplin
Eubie Blake Will Williams
Godfrey Cambridge Tom Turpin
Seymour Cassel Dr. Jaelki
DeWayne Jessie John The Baptist
Mabel King Madam Amy
Taj Mahal Poor Alfred
Spo-De-Odee Left Hand Of God
Art Carney John Stark
Delos V. Smith Jr.
Marcus J. Grapes
Denise Gordy Prostitute
Rita Ross
The Commodores
Leon Charles
Samuel Fuller Theater Impresario
David Healy
David Hubbard
Fred Pinkard
Delos V. Smith
Technical Credits
Jeremy Kagan Director
Rob Cohen Producer
Michael Hancock Makeup
Stan Hough Producer
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Dick Hyman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Bernard Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Johsnon Score Composer, Songwriter
Patrick Kennedy Editor
Christopher Knopf Screenwriter
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Michael Peters Choreography
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
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