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Ray 2004 15

178 mins USA Director. Taylor Hackford

The extraordinary life of blind R&B pianist Ray Charles is realised with a stunning performance from Jamie Foxx, who won an unprecedented five major acting awards for his efforts (Oscar, Bafta, Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice).

A labour of love for director Taylor Hackford, it took him over fifteen years to raise the funding for a film that was rewarded with widespread acclaim. Suitably epic in scope at 2 ½ hours in length, and covering all aspects of Ray’s rich and remarkable life, Hackford and James L. White’s script also refuses to pull any punches, covering in detail the pianist’s various addictions, infidelities and other personal tragedies. Despite this, the film received the real Ray’s full backing, although he sadly died mere months before its premiere.

Ray nevertheless breathed new life into the musical biopic, leading to warts ‘n’ all accounts of further 20th-century musical icons such as Johnny Cash, Miles Davis and Hank Marvin.

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Directed by

Taylor Hackford


Terrence Howard

Clifton Powell

Kerry Washington

Jamie Foxx




Oscars - Best Leading Role Oscars - Technical Awards Sonic Black Star Oscars - Best Director Oscars - Best Picture Closed Captions


15 Contains drug abuse





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