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June 2004
First Look: Ray

First Look: Ray

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Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Taylor Hackford

Screenwriter: James L. White (feature debut)

Premise: This is a story of how a young man, Ray Charles (Foxx), from a poor family in Albany, Georgia, who went from glaucoma at the age of 6, overcame the obstacles life placed in his way and became a famous pianist and rock and roll performer. Getting out of Albany was just the start, however, as Charles had to deal with racism, romantic letdowns, and his own heroin abuse. The two loves of his life that this film will most focus on are his wife, Della (Washington), who stood by his side even as Charles cheated on her with his long-time mistress, Margie Hendrix (King), who had a child by him before eventually dying of a drug overdose. (Krumholtz and Wisdom plays Charles' managers; Schiff plays his record company boss; Armstrong plays famed producer Ahmet Ertegun).

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Larenz Tate, Patrick Bauchau, Curtis Armstrong, Aunjanue Ellis, David Krumholtz, Terrence Howard, Warwick Davis, Harry J. Lennix, Sharon Warren, Robert Wisdom

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