• Ray (2004)

Ray

Release Date: October 29th, 2004

DVD Release Date: February 1st, 2005

PG-13 |2 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

Legendary soul musician Ray Charles is portrayed by Jamie Foxx in this Oscar-winning biopic. Young Ray watches his 7-year-old brother drown at age seven. When he loses his sight at the age of 9, his hardworking mother (Sharon Warren) urges him not to feel sorry for himself. He rises through the ranks of the Seattle jazz scene, struggling with drug addiction and infidelity while on the road. Supported by his wife (Kerry Washington), Ray Charles redefines soul music and inspires a generation.

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Aunjanue Ellis, Harry Lennix, Terrence Howard, Larenz Tate

Director: Taylor Hackford

Genres: Historical drama , Biography , Music

Production Co: Crusader Entertainment LLC, Unchain My Heart Louisiana

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: 1930s, Fall, Mother, Passionate, 1940s, Rise, 1960s, 1950s, Emotional, Inspiring, Wife, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Unlike his songs, the film holds something back. It goes deep into a life filled with as much trouble and pain as triumph and accomplishment but never quite gets at the root of who Ray is. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A fit tribute to an entertainer who, no matter what hate or hardship threw in his way or how many mistakes he made, we can't stop loving. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie would be worth seeing simply for the sound of the music and the sight of Jamie Foxx performing it. That it looks deeper and gives us a sense of the man himself is what makes it special. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Sound Mixing
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Directing
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)