We are going through a phase of biops at the moment...Ray is the biop
of the legendary artist Ray Charles.
Ray Charles has the distinction of being both a national treasure and
an international phenomenon. By the early 1960's Ray Charles had
accomplished his dream. He'd come of age musically. He'd made it to Carnegie
Hall. The hit records "Georgia" and "Born to Lose" successively kept
climbing to the top of the charts. He'd made his first triumphant European
concert tour in 1960 (a feat which, except for 1965, he repeated at least
once a year ever since). He had taken virtually every form of popular
music and broken through its boundaries with such awe inspiring
achievements as the LP's "Genius Plus Soul Equals Jazz" and "Modern Sounds in
Country & Western". Rhythm & blues became universally respectable
through his efforts. Jazz found a mainstream audience it had never previously
enjoyed, and country & western music began to chart an unexpected
course to general acceptance, then worldwide popularity. And along the way
Ray Charles was instrumental in the invention of rock & roll. Jamie Foxx
(Any Given Sunday, Ali) is Ray Charles in this high-energy portrait of
an exceptional man who has become an American icon. Born in a poor
African American town in central Florida, Ray Charles went blind at the age
of 7. With the staunch support of his determined single mother, he
developed the fierce resolve, wit and incredible talent that would
eventually enable him to overcome not only Jim Crow Racism and the cruel
prejudices against the blind, but also discover his own sound which
revolutionized American popular music. Nonetheless, as Ray's unprecedented fame
grew, so did his weakness for drugs and women, until they threatened to
strip away the very things he held most dear. This little known story
of Ray Charles' meteoric rise from humble beginnings, his successful
struggle to excel in a sighted world and his eventual defeat of his own
personal demons make for an inspiring and unforgettable true story of
If you like his music but don't know the man, then come see this film.
You may be surprised at his life. Jamie Foxx (from Collateral) is good
as Ray and the supporting cast help this to be a good film. If you
don't know his music, shame on you! Come watch a film about a guy
overcoming adversity in fulfilment of his dreams.
Either way, if you come see this film you'll never shake a lady's
hand the same way again!!
Rotten Tomatoes Score:
Taylor Hackford, James L. White
Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix
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