About

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He 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 couping gospel and country together.

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Directed by

Taylor Hackford

Written by

James L. White (Screenplay)
Taylor Hackford (Story)

Runtime

152 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

The extraordinary life story of Ray Charles.

Cast

Keywords

biography loss of loved one country music gospel american history jazz childhood trauma georgia record label rags to riches overdose recording studio record producer black people blindness and impaired vision bus ride indianapolis

Photos

Lists

#765 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Bob Beemer Scott Millan Greg Orloff

Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Jamie Foxx

Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design Sharen Davis

Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Film Editing Paul Hirsch