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(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers.
Title: Ray
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (153 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Universal Pictures ; Bristol Bay Productions ; Anvil Films ; Baldwin Entertainment ; produced by Howard Baldwin ... [et al.] ; screenplay by James L. White ; story, Taylor Hackford and James L. White ; directed by Taylor Hackford
Notes: Title from container
Originally released as a motion picture in 2004
Special features: Extended version with additional footage; uncut music performances; 14 deleted scenes, featurettes
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers.
ISBN: 1417022078
1417013141
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama RAY
Credits: Director of photography, Pawel Edelman ; art director, Scott Plauche ; editor, Paul Hirsch ; music, Craig Armstrong, Ray Charles ; costume designer, Sharen Davis ; production designer, Stephen Altman ; visual effects, Chad Dombrova.
Performers: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders.
System Details: DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, dual-layers, double-sided
Other Language: English or French dialogue with optional French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Charles, Ray, 1930-2004 Drama Blind entertainers Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Biographical films
Musical films
Topical Term: Blind entertainers
Publisher No: 25944 Universal
30612 Universal
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Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers.


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July 26, 2014.....great movie, I had no idea just how talented Ray Charles was, how long a career he had, or how he was such a womanizer! (He was such a bad boy!) Interesting that both Ray Charles and Johnny Cash lost brothers to tragic accidents, and how it haunted them in their later years. Then there is the nasty drug trap.......glad I was never an entertainer!

Apr 02, 2014
  • mapmusic17 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Standard as a bio pic. Jamie Foxx is amazing.

Jul 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jamie Foxx's performance in this film was outstanding. He captured Ray Charles' mannerisms, his manner of speaking, walking... all his little nuances. The resemblance was astonishing. (Foxx, an accomplished pianist starting at age 3, went to college on a classical piano scholarship!) Powerful rags to riches life story of the VISIONARY man, and the obstacles in his life. His blindness wasn't really presented as a physical hindrance, thanks to the inner strength he was given from his mother. Mostly, he was haunted by the scourge of drug addiction, infidelity, personal demons, and the evils of money... (If you enjoy this, you might also like: "Walk The Line", the Johnny Cash biopic). FIVE STARS.

Feb 25, 2013
  • Vincent T Lombardo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jamie Foxx's performance was unbelievable! An entertaining and inspiring movie. I highly recommend it.

Apr 15, 2011
  • CalicoJack rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best musical biopics to come along in ages, about American R&B legend Ray Charles, whom "Rolling Stone" ranked number 10 on their 2004 list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" & number 2 on their 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". Much has been made of Jamie Foxx's Academy-Award-winning performance in the title role; but for my money, Sharon Warren, who plays Charles's sharecropping mother, outdoes Foxx with a performance that is positively breathtaking.

Dec 09, 2010
  • shelikes2read rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant movie, excellent music and great acting skills.

Apr 25, 2010
  • zorg rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. The acting really stood out to me as spectacular, especially the role of ray charles. Go watch it.

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Jul 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ray Charles: "...Don't feel sorry for me just cuz I'm blind..." Della Bea Robinson: "How could I pity someone I admire?"

Jul 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ray Charles (to Della Bea Robinson): "Baby, when I walk out that door, I walk out alone... IN THE DARK. I'm trying to do something ain't nobody ever done in music and business!"

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Jul 10, 2009
  • doodlebug rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Georgia on my mind

Classic Ray Charles accompanied by a brass orchestra

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