Ray (2004)
Front Cover Actor
Jamie Foxx Ray Charles
Kerry Washington Della Bea Robinson
Regina King Margie Hendricks
Clifton Powell Jeff Brown
Harry J. Lennix Joe Adams (as Harry Lennix)
Bokeem Woodbine Fathead Newman
Aunjanue Ellis Mary Ann Fisher
Sharon Warren Aretha Robinson
C.J. Sanders Young Ray Robinson
Curtis Armstrong Ahmet Ertegun
Terrence Howard Gossie McKee
Larenz Tate Quincy Jones
Sharen Warren Aretha Robinson
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Music
Director Taylor Hackford
Producer Howard Baldwin; Karen Elise Baldwin
Writer Taylor Hackford; James L. White
Studio Bristol Bay Productions; Universal Studios
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 2 hr 32 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Jamie Foxx's uncannily accurate performance isn't the only good thing about Ray. Riding high on a wave of Oscar buzz, Foxx proved himself worthy of all the hype by portraying blind R&B legend Ray Charles in a warts-and-all performance that Charles approved shortly before his death in June 2004. Despite a few dramatic embellishments of actual incidents (such as the suggestion that the accidental drowning of Charles's younger brother caused all the inner demons that Charles would battle into adulthood), the film does a remarkable job of summarizing Charles's strengths as a musical innovator and his weaknesses as a philandering heroin addict who recorded some of his best songs while flying high as a kite. Foxx seems to be channeling Charles himself, and as he did with the life of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba, director Taylor Hackford gets most of the period details absolutely right as he chronicles Ray's rise from "chitlin circuit" performer in the early '50s to his much-deserved elevation to legendary status as one of the all-time great musicians. Foxx expertly lip-syncs to Ray Charles' classic recordings, but you could swear he's the real deal in a film that honors Ray Charles without sanitizing his once-messy life.
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Viewing Date 2005
Seen Where Home
Index 1493
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/8/05
Purchase Price $20.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
All Movie Guide
Folder 012
Product Details
Edition (Widescreen Edition)
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 025192594427
Release Date 2/1/05
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Dolby