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Running Time:
2 hours, 30 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A mesmerizing Academy Award-winning performance by Jamie Foxx in the title role, is but one of the joys of this outstanding biopic.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Over 4 hours of special features plus collectible packaging and a 28-page photo journal; Includes theatrical film plus extended version with over 25 minutes additional footage not shown in theaters; 14 never-before-seen deleted scenes; Featuring unedited music performances of seven timeless Ray Charles classics from the film; The Filmmakers' Journey: producer Stuart Benjamin and award-winning director Taylor Hackford reveal their 15-year journey to chronicle the life of the legendary Ray Charles; Walking in His Shoes: a revealing up-close and on-the-set look at Jamie Foxx's incredible transformation into Ray Charles - including a jam session between the actor and the legendary musician himself; Ray Remembered: friends and fellow musicians remember Ray Charles.

Ray follows the inspiring story of a one-of-a-kind genius, born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his younger brother's accidental death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles 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 incorporating gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style. As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously fought segregation in the very clubs that launched him and championed artists' rights within the corporate music business. It shows his marriage to a devoted wife, Della Bea (Kerry Washington); as well as his romantic involvement with a multitude of female singers on the road. It also shows him getting hooked on heroin, a habit he carries for years before he finally kicks it. Ray provides an unflinching portrait of Charles' musical genius as he overcomes drug addiction while transforming into one of this country's most beloved performers. The film was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman), Stephen Altman's sets and Pawel Edelman's cinematography capture the color palettes of the various eras.

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