Watch: Ray 2004 123movies, Full Movie Online – The story of Ray Charles (played by Jamie Foxx), music legend. Told in his adult life with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood, which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, him writing his own songs and running his own band, and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life..
Plot: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He 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 coupling gospel and country together.
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Great movie – love the music
Taylor Hackford wanted to make this movie for 15 years, and finally found Jamie Foxx to play the title role. Foxx is amazing in his portrayal of Ray Charles. From an interview I saw with Foxx, he met Charles several times and the two of them also played piano together (Foxx had piano lessons as a young child and actually played piano in all his scenes). I didn’t see Charles live until his later years, so it was great to get a perspective on how his career developed. I hope Foxx gets nominated for the Best Actor Oscar as he certainly deserves it. The music, also, is incredible – it really showcases the breadth of Charles’ music, from country to blues, and everything in between. The movie also gives an unblemished account of Ray Charles’ life, from the many women he had relationships with to his drug habit and the consequences of that.
Highlights of the Biography of a Great American Artist
A couple of days ago I saw the awesome “House of Sand and Fog” and I was impressed with the amazing performance of Ben Kingsley in the lead role. I decided to see “Ray”, trying to understand how and why Ben Kingsley did not win the Oscar of Best Lead Actor. After watching Jamie Foxx in the role of Ray Charles, I agree with the Academy: he really deserved to be awarded. I like Ray Charles, I was not his fan, but it is amazing the resemblance of Jamie Foxx with him. The film is completely supported by Jamie Foxx, who participates of most of the shootings, and his movements on stage looks like as if he was a reincarnation of Ray Charles. With regard to the story, I saw the extended version on DVD, too long but also very pleasant, with many beautiful songs and scenes showing mainly a junkie Ray Charles. My greatest surprise was to find that Ray Charles was heroine addicted, and how he treated his own family. The presentation of his childhood through fragmented flashbacks was the boring part of the movie. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): “Ray”
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 32 min (152 min), 2 hr 58 min (178 min) (extended) (USA)
Genre Biography, Drama, Music
Director Taylor Hackford
Writer Taylor Hackford, James L. White
Actors Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington
Country United States
Awards Won 2 Oscars. 53 wins & 54 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4, Cinetal and Varotal Lenses, Arricam ST, Cooke S4, Cinetal and Varotal Lenses, Arriflex 35-IIC, Cooke S4, Cinetal and Varotal Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length (8 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm