The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

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The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. Written by grantss

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The extraordinary life story of Ray Charles. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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29 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,039,730 (USA) (29 October 2004)

Gross:

$75,305,995 (USA) (11 March 2005)
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Trivia

Della Bea was Ray Charles' second wife. He married Eileen Williams in 1951. They had one child, and divorced in 1952. See more »

Goofs

In 1961, a police motorcycle is an EVO motored Harley-Davidson, not available until 1984. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aretha Robinson: Always remember your promise to me. Never let nobody or nothing turn you into no cripple.
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Crazy Credits

Ray Charles is survived by 12 children, 21 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.200 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Unchain My Heart
Written by Bobby Sharp and Teddy Powell
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Ray Charles Enterprises
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Great movie - love the music
3 January 2005 | by (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Taylor Hackford wanted to make this movie for 15 years, and finally found Jamie Foxx to play the title role. Foxx is amazing in his portrayal of Ray Charles. From an interview I saw with Foxx, he met Charles several times and the two of them also played piano together (Foxx had piano lessons as a young child and actually played piano in all his scenes). I didn't see Charles live until his later years, so it was great to get a perspective on how his career developed. I hope Foxx gets nominated for the Best Actor Oscar as he certainly deserves it. The music, also, is incredible - it really showcases the breadth of Charles' music, from country to blues, and everything in between. The movie also gives an unblemished account of Ray Charles' life, from the many women he had relationships with to his drug habit and the consequences of that.


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