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Ray (2004 movie)

6 Ratings: 4.7
A movie directed by Taylor Hackford

Directed by Taylor Hackford, this biopic profiles the life of legendary musician Ray Charles. Despite humble beginnings and the loss of his eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of six, Charles, depicted by Jamie Foxx, would nonetheless become an icon … see full wiki

Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 29, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
3 reviews about Ray (2004 movie)
review by . January 17, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Ray Charles was one-of-a-kind performer and Jamie Foxx captures his personna magnificently
In the annals of American popular music there has never ever been anyone quite like Ray Charles.   Ray was a totally unique artist who from the very beginning of his storied career never allowed himself to be limited by genre.  He played what he wanted to play the record company be damned.  Although he was legally blind this was a man of great vision.  in 2004 the much anticipated biopic of the life and times of Ray Charles was released.  The film is simply …
review by . January 27, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Jamie Foxx, music, good direction and story line     Cons: none for me     The Bottom Line:   "I could cry, I could cry, I could cry   I live on a Lonely Avenue   A lonely avenue"  ~Ray Charles     I can only surmise that it is both frightening and a privilege for an actor to be asked to portray someone so well known that almost everyone in the world is familiar with them. It would also, no …
review by . December 07, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
I enjoyed this film immensely and was impressed by the entire production. I was also impressed with director Taylor Hackford's choice to balance Ray's personal tragedies and personal life with his music careers. Many musical biographies tend to focus more on the personal side, but 'Ray' lets us into business meetings, contract discussions, label changes and in this film makes Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler important characters in the film. I also liked how the film addressed the groundbreaking musical …
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