• 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: Biography , Historical drama , Music

Production Co: Crusader Entertainment LLC, Unchain My Heart Louisiana

Distributors: Universal Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's a shame about Ray, because Foxx is trapped in a movie that takes the music icon's unique story and turns it into cheesy, sentimental American Dream cliches. show more

  • 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

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    At the center of it all is an incomparable singer brought to life by a sensational actor. With a huge soul to fill, Jamie Foxx has filled it to overflowing.

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Awards

Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Sound Mixing
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Costume Design