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Ray (Unchain my heart: The Ray Charles story) - Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Taylor Hackford

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The extraordinary story of Ray Charles. A man who fought harder and went further than anyone thought possible.

Ray Charles has the distinction of being both a national treasure and an international phenomenon. By the early 1960s 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 LPs Genius plus soul equals jazz and Modern sounds in Country and Western. Rhythm and 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 and 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 and Roll.

Jamie Foxx 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 northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. 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 revolutionised 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.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film biography Ray Charles music hit record blind drug addiction writer

Persons of interest

  • Jamie Foxx .... Ray Charles
  • Regina King .... Margie Hendrix
  • Kerry Washington .... Della Charles
  • Curtis Armstrong .... Ahmet Ertegun
  • Patrick Bauchau .... Dr Hacker
  • Jude Cambise .... Sound Engineer
  • Warwick Davis .... Oberon
  • Denise Y Dowse .... Marlene Andres
  • Aunjanue Ellis .... Mary Ann Fisher
  • James L White .... Storywriter
  • Taylor Hackford .... Storywriter
  • James L White .... Screenwriter
  • Taylor Hackford .... Screenwriter
  • Taylor Hackford .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Ray (Unchain my heart: the Ray Charles story) official movie site
  • Ray (Unchain my heart: The Ray Charles story) QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2005: Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx), Best Achievement in Sound (Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer, Steve Cantamessa); Nominated: Best Achievement in Costume Design (Sharen Davis), Best Achievement in Directing (Taylor Hackford), Best Achievement in Editing (Paul Hirsch), Best Motion Picture of the Year
    • American Cinema Editors, USA 2005: Nominated: Eddie: Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or Musical (Paul Hirsch)
    • American Society of Cinematographers, USA 2005: Nominated: Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases (Pawel Edelman)
    • Bangkok International Film Festival 2005: Special Presentation
    • Boston Society of Film Critics 2004: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx), Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Warren)
    • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2004: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx), Best Sound (Steve Cantamessa, Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer); Nominated: Best Screenplay - Original (James L White), Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music (Craig Armstrong)
    • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2005: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx), Best Soundtrack; Nominated: Best Director (Taylor Hackford), Best Picture
    • Cinema Audio Society, USA 2005: Nominated: Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures
    • Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2005: Won: Best actor - Male (Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles); Nominated: Best biography, documentary or true drama
    • Costume Designers Guild Awards 2005: Nominated: Excellence for Costume Design for Film - Period/Fantasy (Sharen Davis)
    • Directors Guild of America, USA 2005: Nominated: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Taylor Hackford)
    • Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2004: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)
    • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) 2004: Won: Best Performance By An Actor - Musical Or Comedy (Jamie Foxx); Nominated: Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
    • Image Awards 2005: Nominated: Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Jamie Foxx), Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Kerry Washington), Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Clifton Powell), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (CJ Sanders), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Sharon Warren), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Regina King)
    • International Press Academy Golden Satellite Awards 2004: Won: Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Jamie Foxx), Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical (Regina King), Best Screenplay, Original (James L White); Nominated: Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Kerry Washington), Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical (Sharon Warren), Best Director (Taylor Hackford), Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
    • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards 2005: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)
    • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2005: Won: Sierra Award: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)
    • London Film Festival 2004: Film on the Square
    • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2005: Nominated: Golden Reel Award: Best Sound Editing in Domestic Features: Dialogue/ADR, Best Sound Editing in Feature Film: Musical
    • MTV Movie Awards 2005: Nominated: Best movie, Best male performance (Jamie Foxx)
    • National Board of Review, USA 2004: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)
    • National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2005: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)
    • Online Film Critics Society Awards 2005: Nominated: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx), Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Warren)
    • Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2004: Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx), Best Use of Previously Published or Recorded Music
    • Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005: Won: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx); Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Aunjanue Ellis, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Dashon Howard, Regina King, Harry J Lennix, Clifton Powell, Larenz Tate, Kerry Washington)
    • Seattle Film Critics Awards 2004: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)
    • South-eastern Film Critics Association Awards 2004: Won: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)
    • Toronto International Film Festival 2004: Viacom Gala
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Theatrical report

Wow! Jamie Foxx is Ray Charles!

If you've ever heard one of Ray's songs - and you have - you should see Ray to understand the man behind the music. (Apologies for the cliché.) And what music! Jamie Foxx performs What'd I say?, Hit the road Jack, Unchain my heart and much more, all throughout the film. Before production began, Ray auditioned Jamie, jamming for two hours on the piano and was so happy that he stood up, hugged himself and said, "He's the one... he can do it." Boy, can he do it.

Despite being rather long, Ray infuses you with a passion to hear more of his music. Your feet will tap, your fingers will snap, your head will nod. It's almost surprising that this dude didn't invent rap while he was at it. If you like music, you'll love Ray.

Security censorship classification

M (Drug use, adult themes)

Surveillance time

152 minutes (2:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 January 2005

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