• Publication date: March 4, 2011

Ray Ray

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Jamie Foxx stars in this biopic of legendary soul and R&B singer Ray ...

Jamie Foxx stars in this biopic of legendary soul and R&B singer Ray Charles. The story weaves in and out of the past in an interlocking tapestry of the man's rise to fame in the 1950s and '60s. Growing up poor, black, and blind in the rural south, Charles learns--under the tutelage of his tough-love mother --to turn these obstacles into assets. With this training, Ray eventually plays his way into a major deal with Paramount records and earns icon status as an American legend. He'd come of age musically. He'd made it to Carnegie Hall. The hit records "Georgia," "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's 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. Along the way, the high cost of fame leads him to engage in abusive relationships, manipulative behaviour, and struggles with drug and alcohol problems. The triumphant and remarkable story of one of America's true musical geniuses. Jamie Foxx, Regina King, and Kerry Washington star in this biography of Ray Charles. This movie is rated PG-13 for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements.