Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Taylor Hackford
Screenwriter: James L. White (feature debut)
Premise: Ray is the never-before-told,
musical biographical drama of American legend Ray Charles.
Featuring a remarkable performance from Jamie Foxx in the central
role, Ray follows the inspiring story of a one-of-a-kind
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. 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.
Ray is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford
(An Officer and a Gentleman); screenplay by James L.
White, from a story by Hackford and White; and produced by Hackford,
Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin and Karen Baldwin.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King,
Larenz Tate, Patrick Bauchau, Curtis Armstrong, Aunjanue Ellis,
David Krumholtz, Terrence Howard, Warwick Davis, Harry J. Lennix,
Sharon Warren, Robert Wisdom
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