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Ray (2004) Poster

(I) (2004)

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Anachronisms 

At the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival, Quincy is wearing "Ray Bans" sunglasses bearing the familiar 1990 Ray Bans logo on the corner of one lens.
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In a scene set in 1954, Ray and the guys from Atlantic Records pull up in front of a theater in a 1956 Ford taxicab.
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When Ray's son is watching Bandstand on the television while Ray is getting ready to leave for another concert, a digital counter can be seen on the television screen, clearly indicating that an archive film clip is being broadcast.
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The 737-400 aircraft shown landing after Ray Charles returns from Europe was not introduced until the 1980s.
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While touring with Lowell Fulsom, the band drives past a train that includes "spine" rolling stock with containers stacked two high. These cars (along with containers) were not introduced until many years later.
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At several points during Ray's early career, the light switches on the wall are a modern style, not seen for years afterwards.
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In 1961, a police motorcycle is an EVO motored Harley-Davidson, not available until 1984.
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About halfway through the movie Ray scrounges around on the floor trying to pick up some tablets that fell out of a canister. The floor has round rubber tiling of a type not available until 1975.
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Ray and Bea's first baby has a very modern pacifier in his mouth. Apparently the baby was being truly pacified.
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The vinyl siding on Bea's and Ray's original house didn't exist in the late 1950s.
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In the late 1950s, Ray's baby boy is sitting on a Precious Moments blanket. Precious Moments were not introduced until the early 1970s.
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While recording "Georgia On My Mind", the microphone he is singing into reads "ABC-Paramount." At the time, ABC Records did not have it's own recording studio. This particular session was recorded at Capitol Studios in New York City.
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When the DJ is playing I've Got A Woman, the record label is red. However, Atlantic records was still using yellow labels on their 45s until # 1083, and this record was # 1050. A red label would be a reissue.
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During Ray's World Tour set in the 60's, there is a shot of an airport approach with a clearly visible 737-300 or -400. While the 737 first entered commercial service in 1968, the 300/400 variants weren't introduced until 1985.
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An airliner is shown landing during one of Ray's early 1960s tours. The plane is clearly a modern twin-engine jet (737, 757, or 767) instead of one of the three or four engine jets in use in the early 1960s.
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During a montage of the band traveling in the 1950s, modern TTX railcars can be seen crossing a bridge over the road.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the opening credits we hear Ray playing a Wurlitzer Electric Piano (later mentioned and shown in the film) but we see a close up of a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, which sounds very different.
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Character error 

When Ray is recording "Georgia on My Mind," the conductor is conducting the wrong beats in one take.
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When Ahmet suggests that Ray try playing "Mess Around," which Ahmet has just written, Ahmet describes it as being in the key of G, but Ray then plays it in E-flat.
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Continuity 

When playing the piano with the orchestra, Ray's piano alternates from Steinway to Hohner, and the name is on both the side and the front.
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When Ray is playing chess near the end of the film, he takes the white queen off the board and lays it on its side. Then the queen is back where it was, and on the third shot, the board is set up for a new game.
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When Marjorie leaves Ray, she has two suitcases in her hands, then she throws one of the suitcases on the floor, walks through the door, and never comes back for the other suitcase.
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When the bus arrives to take Ray to Seattle, and he puts his arm out, his arm is alternately up/down between shots.
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When Ray and Ahmet are talking about doing a session in New York, Ahmet is clean-shaven. The next day, when the session was to take place, Ahmet has a beard and mustache.
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When Quincy walks into Ray's bedroom he's carrying his trumpet case and puts in on the floor and walks over to Ray. In the next shot he puts the case on the floor again.
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When Ray is getting on the bus in the beginning of the film to go to Seattle, Ray extends his arm fully with the ticket in hand for the bus driver. In the next shot, his arm is to his side. In the next shot, its up and extended again
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the extended version, after Ray plays a country song for an audience for the first time and is discussing the lighting with Joe Adams, a "Cut!" can be heard at the end of the scene and (interestingly) is even shown on the subtitles.
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Errors in geography 

When they show the state of Georgia honoring Ray at the state capitol building, it's really the House of Representatives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, not Georgia.
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The film shows an exterior shot of Saenger theater in Alabama when Ray is suppose to be performing in Saint Louis, MO.
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Factual errors 

The scene where Charles is met by a group of protesters outside the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia is a fabrication. Charles canceled his appearance after receiving a telegram from students at a local black college. The promoter successfully sued Charles for breach of contract, but he was never banned from the state of Georgia. When the Georgia state legislature honored Ray Charles in 1979, they didn't apologized for banning him because he was never banned. In the commentary, it is stated that this event actually happened, but those who looked into Georgia's legislature found no record that he was banned, just sued, and later they adopted as their state song "Georgia" - by Ray Charles.
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They show Ray his new recording studio, which uses fluorescent lighting throughout. Fluorescent lighting is generally not used in recording studios as it can cause a hum in recordings.
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At the end of the movie when Ray is being honored by the Georgia legislature in 1979 it shows his wife, Della Bea, standing with him. However, Ray Charles and Della Bea were divorced in 1977.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Ray is frying chicken, he gives "Q" a piece straight from the frying pan. "Q" instantly takes a bite, without blowing or insinuating the chicken is hot in any way. Real fried chicken straight from a hot pan would be impossible to eat instantly.
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