Ray

Ray

DVD - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, [2005]
ISBN: 9781417022076
1417022078
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 R263
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Characteristics: 1 videodisc (double-sided) (153 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Ray

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mikeedm
Mar 05, 2016

Great movie. Jamie Foxx did an incredible job.

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akirakato
Sep 09, 2014

This is a 2004 biographical film directed by Taylor Hackford.
It focuses on 30 years of the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles.
Jamie Foxx plays superbly as the title role.
It truly is uncanny.
He physically looks like him, especially with the glasses, but the true magic of the performance is that he acts just like him.
He walks around and performs like him, smiles like him, and just does everything like him.
Naturally, Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
The film itself is good, too.
However, it fails to make a smooth transition in several parts and lulls in some parts, while not lingering long enough in others.
It's hard to pack 70 years into two and a half hours, anyway.
Two of the main dramatic focuses are Ray's infidelity on the road and his heroine addiction.
After all, it's a celebration of the life of Ray Charles that must be seen by all of his fans.

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erinsnest
Jul 21, 2014

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!

mapmusic17 Apr 02, 2014

Standard as a bio pic. Jamie Foxx is amazing.

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

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.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 25, 2013

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

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CalicoJack
Apr 15, 2011

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.

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shelikes2read
Dec 09, 2010

Brilliant movie, excellent music and great acting skills.

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zorg
Apr 16, 2010

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

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

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

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

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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