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Released 2004

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Director:
Taylor Hackford
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Ray is the 2004 biographical film that chronicles the life of famous pianist and singer Ray Charles. Born in Northern Florida on a sharecropping plantation, Ray Charles Robinson (Jamie Foxx) went blind due to natural causes at the age of seven. Unfortunately, however, one of the last things he saw before going blind was the death of his younger brother. Ray then found this way to the piano, and began to express himself and make a living through music. As he toured throughout the South he made a name for himself by incorporating various genres into his music, including gospel, country, jazz, and pop. Ray became one of the first African American musicians to play in many clubs throughout the country, and because of this was regularly at the receiving end of racism. As he rose to fame, Ray began a heroin addiction that would nearly take his life. Fortunately, however, he overcame his problem and cemented his legacy as one of the country's greatest musicians. Also starring Terence Howard, Sharon Warren, Kerry Washington, Regina King, and Clifton Powell, Ray earned Jamie Foxx and Academy Award for Best Actor.moreless

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  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Bursting at the seams with music, Taylor Hackford's ambitious film provides a good sense of the pioneering entertainer's extraordinary journey and brings it to life with plenty of ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    While not a great movie, is a very good movie about greatness, in which celebrating the achievement of one major artist becomes the occasion for the emergence of another.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Ray may be too by the numbers, but with Jamie Foxx out front, this is one film that knows how to make it all add up.

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