DVD 152 mins IMDB 7.9 (18,387 votes)
Bristol Bay Productions (2004)
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(April 2005 )
Drama, Music
USA  /  English

Jamie Foxx Ray Charles
Kerry Washington Della Charles
Regina King Margie Hendrix
Clifton Powell Jeff Brown
Aunjanue Ellis Mary Ann Fisher
Harry J. Lennix Joe Adams
Terrence Howard Gossie McKee
Larenz Tate Quincy Jones
Bokeem Woodbine Fathead Newman
Sharen Warren Aretha Robinson
Sharon Warren Aretha Robinson
C.J. Sanders Young Ray Robinson
Curtis Armstrong Ahmet Ertegun
Terrence Dashon Howard
Harry Lennix
Richard Schiff Jerry Wexler
David Krumholtz Milt Shaw
Wendell Pierce Wilbur Brassfield

Director Taylor Hackford
Producer Howard Baldwin; Karen Elise Baldwin; Taylor Hackford; Stuart Benjamin
Writer Taylor Hackford; James L. White
Cinematography Pawel Edelman
Musician Craig Armstrong
User Credit 1 Paul Hirsch
User Credit 2 Sharen Davis

Directed by Taylor Hackford, this biopic profiles the life of legendary musician Ray Charles. Despite humble beginnings and the loss of his eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of six, Charles, depicted by Jamie Foxx, would nonetheless become an icon in both the music industry and the civil rights era. While the film delves into his problems with drugs and women, the bulk of the story details his career; among the highlights of that career are 12 Grammy awards and 11 R&B chart-toppers, such as "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road, Jack," "Georgia," "Doin' the Mess Around," and "Hallelujah I Just Love Her So." Also among the cast are Larenz Tate as Quincy Jones, as well as Regina King, Kerry Washington, and Clifton Powell. Charles' son, Ray Charles Jr. helped produce the film. — Tracie Cooper

Edition Details
Barcode 025192594427
Region Region 1
Release Date 2/1/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

  • 14 never before seen deleted scenes
  • Complete uncut music performances from the movie - Including Ray & The Raelettes performing "Hit the Road Jack"
  • Walking in his Shoes - A revealing look at Jamie Foxx's incredible transformation into Ray Charles - including a jam session between the actor and the legendary musician himself!
  • Ray Remembered - Friends and fellow musicians remember Ray Charles.
  • Feature commentary with director Taylor Hackford.
  • Personal Details
    User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
    User Text 1 Depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements.
    User Text 2 The extraordinary life story of Ray Charles. A man who fought harder and went farther than anyone thought possible.
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    Trivia: Jamie Foxx played the piano in all scenes himself. (more)

    Goofs: Continuity: When Ray and Ahmet are talking about doing a session in New York, Ahmet is clean shaven, but that next day (when the session was to take place), Ahmet now has a beard and mustache. (more)

    [first lines]
    Aretha Robinson: Always remember your promise to me. Never let nobody or nothing turn you into no cripple.

    Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 36 nominations (more)