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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.

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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.

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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
Patrick Bauchau
as Dr. Hacker
Chris Thomas King
as Lowell Fulson
Robert Wisdom
as Jack Lauderdale
Rick Gomez
as Tom Dowd
Denise Dowse
as Marlene
Renee Wilson
as Pat Lyle
Kimberly Ardison
as Ethel McRae
Kurt Fuller
as Sam Clark
Terrone Bell
as Young George Robinson
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. (5-6 Yrs.)
Tequan Richmond
as Ray Charles Jr. (9-10 Yrs.)
Matthew Benjamin
as Musician In Billy Ray's
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
David Hash
as Stunt Double "Wilbur Brassfield"
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Critic Reviews for Ray

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (50)

Excellent portrayal of extraordinary musician.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ray is filled with such pleasures, but it's hobbled by the too-familiar conventions of the musical biopic: with so many chapters of Charles's life to cover, Hackford's movie never finds a rhythm, a groove, to settle into.

November 1, 2007 | Full Review…
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As if we weren't sure before, now it's official: This is the year of the Foxx.

November 6, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Jamie Foxx's all-encompassing performance in the title role more than justifies the early Oscar gossip it has generated.

November 4, 2004
Top Critic

Eminently worth seeing.

November 4, 2004 | Full Review…

Vibrantly intelligent and tough-minded.

November 2, 2004

Audience Reviews for Ray


A compelling direction just as striking as it biopic lead. Ray plucks every chord with its flawless performance from Jamie Foxx, vibrant charm and scenic story. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


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
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
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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