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Ray (2004)



Critic Consensus: An engrossing and energetic portrait of a great musician's achievements and foibles, Ray is anchored by Jamie Foxx's stunning performance as Ray Charles.

Movie Info

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 way 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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality, and some thematic elements)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James L. White, Taylor Hackford, James White, Jimmy "Whirlwind" White
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
Box Office: $75.2M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Jamie Foxx
as Ray Charles
Kerry Washington
as Della Bea Robinson
Regina King
as Margie Hendricks
Clifton Powell
as Jeff Brown
Harry Lennix
as Joe Adams
Bokeem Woodbine
as Fathead Newman
Aunjanue Ellis
as Mary Ann Fisher
Sharon Warren
as Aretha Robinson
C.J. Sanders
as Young Ray Robinson
Curtis Armstrong
as Ahmet Ertegun
Richard Schiff
as Jerry Wexler
Larenz Tate
as Quincy Jones
Terrence Howard
as Gossie McKee
David Krumholtz
as Milt Shaw
Wendell Pierce
as Wilbur Brassfield
Julian Bond
as Himself
Tom Clark
as Alan Freed
Chris Thomas King
as Lowell Fulson
Patrick Bauchau
as Dr. Hacker
Robert Wisdom
as Jack Lauderdale
Denise Dowse
as Marlene
Rick Gomez
as Tom Dowd
Renee Wilson
as Pat Lyle
Kurt Fuller
as Sam Clark
Kimberly Ardison
as Ethel McRae
Terrone Bell
as Young George Robinso...
Gary Grubbs
as Billy Ray
Alex Van
as Cop #2
Afemo Omilami
as Angry Husband
Vernel Bagneris
as Dancin' Al
Fahnlohnee R. Harris
as Trudy Daniels
Eric O'Neal Jr.
as Ray Charles, Jr. (5...
Tequan Richmond
as Ray Charles Jr. (9-1...
Matthew Benjamin
as Musician In Billy Ra...
John Swasey
as Customs Agent #1
James Huston
as Customs Agent #2
Marc Lynn
as Downbeat Reporter
Todd J. Smith
as Student Reporter
Rutherford Cravens
as White Promoter
Jedda Jones
as Mercedes
Estella Denson
as Lady In Rain
Jeffrey Glapin
as Stunt Coordinator
Derrick Simmons
as Stunt Double "Ray Ch...
David Hash
as Stunt Double "Wilbur...
Derrick Simmons
as Stunt Double "Ray Ch...
Mike Pniewski
as Bus Driver
Michael Pniewski
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Ray

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (45)

A powerhouse performance piece for Jamie Foxx and a rock solid biopic.

Full Review… | February 5, 2011

Excellent portrayal of extraordinary musician.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Jamie Foxx is excellent, and sturdily supported by [James L.] White's script all the way.

Full Review… | August 25, 2010
Cinema Writer

I wanted excellent, but it's only mediocre.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Give Jamie Foxx the damn Oscar already, it's done.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Potent and vibrant as far as the music goes, but reticent, self-conscious and pretty much stuck on unexplored surfaces when it comes to this creative giant's complex life and times.

Full Review… | May 16, 2007
Long Island Press

Audience Reviews for Ray


Taylor Hackford has crafted one of the best biopics of a musician since Clint Eastwood's Bird. Jamie Foxx gives the performance of his career in the lead role of Ray Charles. This is a well crafted biopic and there are some very strong performances alongside that of Jamie Foxx. Ray is a superb film that has a near flawless plot, and great directing. Ray is one of the best biopics that I've seen in recent memory. Foxx's performance is just as solid as Joaquin Phoenix's performance of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and Forrest Whitaker's performance of Charlie Parker in Bird. This is a solid film with an engaging dramatic story that recounts the fame and turmoil of one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. Jamie Foxx definitely delivered as Ray Charles, and of all his roles, this is his best role to date. Director Taylor Hackford paints a vivid portrait of Ray Charles' life and combined with Jamie Foxx' phenomenal acting, you have one unforgettable performance and film for that matter. This is an entertaining film that possesses some strong elements that the viewer simply can't ignore. The films imperfections forgive able because of Foxx's performance, he is what makes this film what it is, and his portrayal of Ray Charles is flawless, immaculate and unforgettable. I very much love to watch biopics, and Ray is a solid dramatic biopic that will please fans of Ray Charles as well as film fans. A must see if you're looking for a great drama film with strong performances.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Occasionally slushy, perhaps a shade on the long side, but very well acted and solidly entertaining nevertheless. Certainly a better portrait of Ray Charles than one would've expected.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

A tremendous story on the best jazz singer ever, Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx stars in this and is his iconic role and the highlight of his career, and he deserved the oscar. The plot was a great journey through his life, and I felt the great feeling I had in Walk the Line, a sense of happiness for these great musicians. The whole cast did great, but Foxx truly is the best. I enjoyed the great music that they re did with Foxx singing, and he truly was fantastic. One of the greatest biopic films ever, and one of my favs.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Ray Quotes

Aretha Robinson: Ya'll gotta learn how to read and write good. You understand.
Young Ray: Yes, ma'am.
Young George Robinson: Yes, ma'am.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Young George Robinson: I don't want no education.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Mary Ann Fisher: I ain't no bass, I'm a soprano.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Della Charles: If you keep usin' the needle, they'll take away your music and put you in jail. That's what you wanna do.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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