|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael Arata, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Curtis Armstrong|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Jun 2005|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A must see film, absolutely brilliant.By Jim from Bromsgrove UK , 24 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]There will be no justice if Jamie Foxx is not awarded an OSCAR for his brilliant portrayal of the late Ray Charles Robinson! He has every mannerism down to a fine art, the walk, the movement of the head, the smile...uncanny, he must have spent months researching the role.
Having loved his music over the years I am ashamed to say that I never knew the facts about Ray's fight against racism or his fight with heroin or indeed his lifelong friendship with Quincy Jones.
This film shows Ray Charles's life, demons and all, as it turned out he was a very shrewd businessman who gave millions to charity. Some other good strong performances by the support actors and singers.
For watchers of 'The West Wing' watch out for Richard Schiff (Toby) in his role as the partner in Atlantic Records - minus the beard.
A soon as this film is released on DVD get it, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to see the DVD extra's and deleted scenes.
Enjoy the music and the film, you will not be disappointed!
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Miss this film and you have missed a gemBy Berri (4 reviews) , 01 Nov 2013What an eye opener. I never knew what an unbelievably hard life he had followed by his terrible addiction. I have always admired Ray Charles as a singer and was totally unaware of his influence and generosity to the US state of Georgia. Again an awesome performance from Jamie Foxx, I was transfixed from beginning to end. Miss this film and you have missed a gem.
Top filmBy Andydevon (3 reviews) , 24 Aug 2013A compelling story bound up with the great music of the man like a book you could not put down
Subtitles don't workBy Pleasegetthehistoryright (5 reviews) from Towcester , 18 May 2013Unfortunately I can't properly review this as the hearing impaired subtitles (shown as available), don't work for this film. I ordered a second disc to check, neither worked. Shame, it looked good at the start.
We all need to watch this film ...By Matrisse (44 reviews) from London , 16 May 2013Ray Charles, I knew nothing about him apart from the Blues Brothers and I loved shaking my 'tail feathers'. When he was a youngster he watched his younger brother drown, blamed himself and never got over it. He had nightmares and strong guilt throught his life and so the horros unfold. He drank, took drugs, had sex too much and behaved badly / goodly / badly / goodly for most of the time, until he truly understood his earliest memories and that it wasn't his fault. They say that pain (always emotional, rarely physical) makes the artist (rarely physical, always emotional) an artist and this seems true because of how Jamie Fox portrays one of the best musicians in the world. Rock n Roll no Halo.
Dont miss this if you like great music and great storiesBy greenfly (3 reviews) from Halstead , 23 Apr 2013What a fantastic film, we weren't really massive fans but thought it might be a good film, well what a story we had no idea what his life was about. Great actors, great entertainment. Don't miss this if you like great music and 'gritty' stories. Would recommend!