Ray (Limited 2-Disc Special Edition)









Release Date

October 29, 2004

DVD Release

February 1, 2005







Taylor Hackford


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," "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 (or "race music" as it had been called) 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 human triumph.

Edition Details Cast
Color, Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  Commentary by director Taylor Hackford
  Original theatrical version and extended version of film with 14 deleted scenes not shown in theaters
  "Walking in his Shoes" Featurette
  "Ray Remembered "Featurette
  Theatrical Trailer
  9 additional complete and uncut musical performances
  "Soul Mates" featurette
  "A Filmmakers Journey"
  Academy Special
  "The Women of Ray"
  "Ray: An American Story"
Jamie FoxxRay Charles
Kerry WashingtonDella Bea Robinson
Regina KingMargie Hendricks
Clifton PowellJeff Brown
Harry J. LennixJoe Adams
Bokeem WoodbineFathead Newman
Aunjanue EllisMary Ann Fisher
Sharon WarrenAretha Robinson
C.J. SandersYoung Ray Robinson
Curtis ArmstrongAhmet Ertegun
Richard SchiffJerry Wexler
Larenz TateQuincy Jones
Terrence Dashon HowardGossie McKee
David KrumholtzMilt Shaw
Wendell PierceWilbur Brassfield
Chris Thomas KingLowell Fulsom
Thomas Jefferson ByrdJimmy
Rick GomezTom Dowd
Denise DowseMarlene
Warwick DavisOberon
Patrick BauchauDr. Hacker
Robert WisdomJack Lauderdale
Kurt FullerSam Clark
Julian BondHimself
Kimberly ArdisonEthel McRae
Renee WilsonPat Lyle
Willie MetcalfMr. Pitt
Mike PniewskiBus Driver
Terrone BellYoung George Robinson
Richard A. SmithTil
Gary GrubbsBilly Ray
Carol SuttonEula
Bill BreauxCop #1
Alex VanCop #2
Robert 'Bob' HarrisJesse Stone
Tom ClarkAlan Freed
Afemo OmilamiAngry Husband
Elizabeth OmilamiAngry Wife
Vernel BagnerisDancin' Al
Fahnlohnee R. HarrisTrudy Daniels
Michael Travis StoneRobert
Eric O'Neal Jr.Ray Charles Jr., 5-6 yrs.
Tequan RichmondRay Charles Jr., 9-10 yrs.
Matthew BenjaminMusician in Billy Ray's
John SwaseyCustoms Agent #1
James HustonCustoms Agent #2
Marc LynnDownbeat Reporter
Kyle Scott JacksonKing Bee
Todd J. SmithStudent Reporter
Rutherford 'Rudy' CravensWhite Promoter
Darnell WilliamsFast Girl
Jedda JonesMercedes
Jeff GalpinCop #3
Michael ArataCop #4
Estella DensonLady in Rain
Ross DurocherBus Passenger
Larry Gamell Jr.Bouncer
Justin GroetschFan
Ben PronskySouthern Marine
Curt SobelConductor
Summer LeAnnBeach Dancer