Ray


2h 33m 2004

Brief Synopsis

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

Film Details

Also Known As
Unchain My Heart, Unchain My Heart: the Ray Charles Story
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 33m

Synopsis

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.

Crew

Thomas David Adams

Construction

Danny Albano

Digital Effects Artist

Pamela Alch

Script Supervisor

Kelly Aldrich

Driver

Jason Altieri

Assistant Director

Stephen Altman

Production Designer

Amy Amezcua

Production Assistant

Scott M. Anderson

On-Set Dresser

Ben Apley

Visual Effects Producer

Gordon Ard

Grip

Michael Arena

On-Set Dresser

Craig Armstrong

Music Producer

Craig Armstrong

Original Music

Craig Armstrong

Music Arranger

Craig Armstrong

Music Composer

Eddy Arnold

Song Performer

Eddy Arnold

Song

Robert B Arnold

Painter

Milton Arroyo

Foreman

Thomas E Ashburn

Painter

Daniel Ashton

Visual Effects

Christopher Assells

Sound Effects Editor

Stuart Auld

Painter

Vernel Bagneris

Consultant

Chris Bailey

Special Effects Coordinator

Karen M. Baker

Supervising Sound Editor

Howard Baldwin

Producer

Karen Baldwin

Producer

Melanie Banders

Loader

Bill Banyai

Sound Engineer

Douglas Bard

Rigging Electrician

Paul F Barron

Rigging Grip

Rod Basham

Digital Effects Artist

Yvonne Bastidos

Set Costumer

Karl Batten-bowman

Accounting Assistant

Scott Bauer

Assistant Property Master

Michael Bauman

Gaffer

Samantha Bearden

Location Assistant

Bob Beemer

Sound Mixer

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music

Lamonte Bell

Accountant

Brad Beniscek

Painter

Alise Benjamin

Coproducer

Stuart Benjamin

Producer

Chris Bennett

Rigging Electrician

Garrett M Benson

Assistant Camera

Kenda Benward

Acting Coach

Howard Berger

Special Effects Supervisor

Jane Bickford

Instructor

George Billinger Iii

Camera Operator

George Billinger Iii

Steadicam Operator

James Bishop

Rigging Electrician

Kamar Bitar

Coordinator

James P. Bittl

Greensman

Jill Bogdanowicz

Colorist

Mary J Bohler

Office Production Assistant

Dana Boisseau

Hair Stylist

Michelle Boissiere

Assistant Production Coordinator

Julian Bond

Other

Mike Bonnaud

Best Boy Electric

Aneikit Bonnel

On-Set Dresser

William F Boone

Grip

Charmaine Boos

Instructor

Steve Borgese

Greensman

George R Bott

Assistant Director

George R Bott

Set Production Assistant

Marc J Bouffard

Construction

Stephen Bourgeois

Special Effects

Alonzo Bowens

Instructor

Stacye Branche

Makeup Artist

Gary Brewer

On-Set Dresser

John Brewer

On-Set Dresser

Gail Briant

Painter

Albert Brown

Hair Stylist

Laura Brown

Location Assistant

Boudleaux Bryant

Song

Felice Bryant

Song

Keith Bryant

Visual Effects Producer

John E Bucklin

Art Director

Donald Burdett

Driver

James Burkhart

Painter

Ceceile Burr

Construction

Al Burton

Transportation Captain

Patrick Butcher

Props

Jay Byerly

Electrician

Karen Calvo

Coordinator

Robert Camron

On-Set Dresser

Steve Cantamessa

Sound Mixer

Anthony Cappello

Assistant Camera

Hoagy Carmichael

Song

Buddy Carr

Dolly Grip

Cleveland Carter

Driver

Mike Castillo

Digital Effects Artist

Ronnie Castleberry

Painter

Carlo Catalanotto

Driver

Cassie Catalanotto

Painter

James Cedotal

Driver

Donna Chance

Key Costumer

Bartou Chandler

Location Assistant

Dana Chapitol

Stand-In

Ray Charles

Song

Ray Charles

Original Music

Ray Charles

Song Performer

Peter Chatman

Song

Deven Chierighino

Location Assistant

Adrienne Childers

Costumer

Jeff Christopherson

Advisor

Stephen M Chudej

Costume Supervisor

Steven Clark

Props

Janelle Cochrane

Casting Assistant

Daniel Coe

Props

Randall S Coe

Construction Coordinator

Herbert Colar

Driver

Nat King Cole

Song

Nelson P. Conino

Driver

Thomas E Conrad

Video

Bob Cooper

Special Effects Coordinator

Robert H Cooper

Special Effects Coordinator

Michael Costello

Painter

Jeff Couch

Transportation Captain

Elizabeth Coulon

Extras Casting Assistant

Shirley Fulton Crumley

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Alec Cummings

Digital Effects Artist

Kelly Curley

Construction

Carol Cutshall

Costumer

Ted Daffan

Song

Tommy Dangeil

Electrician

Donald Davidson

Electrician

Keith M Davis

Lighting Technician

Paul Davis

Props

Paul D Davis

Transportation

Richard Davis

Location Manager

Sharen Davis

Costume Designer

Theaudric Davis

Extras Casting Assistant

Dahl Delu

Painter

Carl Denoyer

On-Set Dresser

Helio Deoliveira

Location Assistant

Carlos Depalma

Best Boy Grip

Peter Detoffoli

Driver

Kyle Devriendt

Visual Effects Editor

Matt Di Franco

Assistant Production Coordinator

Andy Dill

Digital Effects Artist

Dino Dimuro

Sound Effects Editor

Ken Disantos

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Deidra Dixon

Hair Stylist

Renee Dodson

Costumer

David Donaldson

Music Engineer

David Donaldson

Music Producer

Tracey A Doyle

Assistant Set Decorator

Frank Duffy

Medic

Matt Dunkley

Original Music

Tracey Dunn

Extras Casting Assistant

Wilfred Dupart

Driver

Kathleen Duran

Craft Service

Will Eastin

Art Department

Pawel Edelman

Other

Pawel Edelman

Director Of Photography

Everette Eglin

On-Set Dresser

Mary Francis Eglin

Art Department Coordinator

Darrell Eik

Props

Bob Eisele

Other

Alicia Elkort

Accounting Assistant

Aunjanue Ellis

Song Performer

Dana Embree

Costumer

Chris Erkstrom

Grip

Ahmet Ertegun

Song

Caroline Eselin

Costumer

Ryan Eustis

Production Assistant

Jerry Everett

Driver

Meg Everist

Assistant Set Decorator

Kevin Fahey

Key Rigging Grip

David Falicki

Medic

Sara Fanelli

Props

Hugo Favre

Animal Wrangler

Cyndey Felicia Mccurdy

Casting Associate

J C Felix

Stand-In

Tim Ferguson

Instructor

Mark Fincannon

Location Casting

Olga Fitzroy

Music Coordinator

Karin Fong

Visual Effects Designer

Emma Ford

Music Coordinator

Emma Ford

Assistant

Anthony Forester

Transportation

Geoff Foster

Music Scoring Mixer

Geoff Foster

Music Producer

Geoff Foster

Score Recording

Jamie Foxx

Song Performer

Jamie Franta

Grip

Holly Frey

Makeup Artist

Camille Friend

Hair Stylist

Jackie Frost

Dga Trainee

Lowell Fulson

Song

Linda Gadar

Key Costumer

Janet Galpin

Driver

Jeff Galpin

Stunt Coordinator

Naomi Gattman

Art Department

Matt Gaumer

Camera Assistant

Mike Gentry

Gang Boss

Justine Gerenstein

Visual Effects Editor

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Film Details

Also Known As
Unchain My Heart, Unchain My Heart: the Ray Charles Story
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 33m

Award Wins

Best Actor

2004
Jamie Foxx

Best Actor

2005
Jamie Foxx

Best Sound

2004

Award Nominations

Best Costume Design

2004

Best Director

2004
Taylor Hackford

Best Editing

2004

Best Picture

2004

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2004 American Cinema Editors (ACE) award for feature film editing of a comedy or musical.

Winner of the 2004 award for Actor of the Year (Jamie Foxx) by the London Critics' Circle.

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) by the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) by the Seattle Film Critics.

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of the 2004 awards for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) and Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Warren) by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).

Winner of the 2004 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing for Music in a Musical Feature Film by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Winner of the 2004 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx).

Winner of three 2004 Satellite Awards including Best Actor - Comedy or Musical (Jamie Foxx), Best Supporting Actress - Comedy or Musical (Regina King) and Best Original Screenplay by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Winner of two 2004 awards including Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) and Best Sound by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Released in United States Fall October 29, 2004

Released in United States on Video February 1, 2005

Released in United States September 2004

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 9-18, 2004.

Released in United States on Video February 1, 2005

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 9-18, 2004.)

Released in United States Fall October 29, 2004