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Ray (2004)

Ray

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 29, 2004

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

152 min.

Production Budget

$40 millions

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Taylor Hackford

Producer

Howard Baldwin, Karen Elise Baldwin, Stuart Benjamin, Taylor Hackford

Screenwriter

James L. White

Starring

Story


"Ray" is the never-before-told, musical biographical drama of American legend Ray Charles. Born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his younger brother's accidental death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered incorporating gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style. As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously fought segregation in the very clubs that launched him and championed artists rights within the corporate music business. "Ray" provides an unflinching portrait of Charles' musical genius as he overcomes drug addiction while transforming into one of this country's most-beloved performers.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..so tantalizingly close..”
by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
“..far from a great film..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..a very comprehensive autobiography..”
by Le Apprenti [Movie-Vault]