PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
During the scenes where Ray refuses to play in Georgia because of Jim Crow laws, which were actually filmed outside of the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, you will notice Mounted Police Officers. They were actual members of the New Orleans Police Department Mounted Unit.
Always remember your promise to me. Never let nobody or nothing turn you into no cripple.
When Ray is frying chicken, he gives "Q" a piece straight from the frying pan. "Q" instantly takes a bite, without blowing or insinuating the chicken is hot in any way. Real fried chicken straight from a hot pan would be impossible to eat instantly.
The final shot of the movie contains a freeze frame of the real Ray Charles and underneath it reads the caption: "Ray Charles Robinson = 1930 - 2004"
Universal Pictures Oscar Edition contains Extended Cut of the film.
$20,039,730 (USA) (31 October 2004)