Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell
USA, 2003, 2 hours 32 minutes
Engaging and richly tuneful, this warts-and-all celebration of the life and legacy of Ray Charles features an uncanny central performance that shows his sharp mind, musical genius, selfishness, suffering and survival mechanisms. It takes us from the moment when as a blind teenager he set off to Seattle to make it as a jazz musician through the years touring the South, struggling against discrimination and heroin addiction, to his world-wide fame as the man who first fused gospel with blues and jazz with rock. Ray’s torrid love life, some fine cinematography, and, a series of electrifying musical sequences spice up his extraordinary, triumphant story.
“Jamie Foxx rocks . . . a career-making, terrific performance” Total Film
Ray has been nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film