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Ray (2004)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ray Charles
... Della Bea Robinson
... Margie Hendricks
... Jeff Brown
... Joe Adams
... Fathead Newman
... Mary Ann Fisher
... Aretha Robinson
... Young Ray Robinson
... Ahmet Ertegun
... Jerry Wexler
... Quincy Jones
... Gossie McGee (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
... Milt Shaw
... Wilbur Brassfield
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

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 USA:

$20,039,730, 31 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,331,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,731,534
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Trivia

Upon winning the Academy Award in 2005, Jamie Foxx became the first actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award for a performance in a music/musical film since Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (1964), as well as the first actor to win the award for a music/musical biography film based on a life of a musical legend since James Cagney for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). See more »

Goofs

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. 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

The final shot of the movie contains a freeze frame of the real Ray Charles and underneath it reads the caption: "Ray Charles Robinson = 1930 - 2004" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.56 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Stop Loving You
Written by Don Gibson
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Ray Charles Enterprises
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What a spectacular movie!
13 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I have seen in years. I took me to a new time and place. It was as though I was right there with Ray through his many trials and triumphs. Jamie Foxx transformed himself into Ray. During the movie he was Ray. Also, Kerry Washington, Sharon Robinson and Regina King were superb. The movie was well cast and directed, the music was fantastic.

I've seen the movie four (4) times with different people and the last time was just as enjoyable as the first time. I will buy the DVD as soon as it is released. This is a movie that will viewed over and over for years to come.

Thank you for a great experience.


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