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2005 | 155 min | K-12 | biography, drama

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 coupling gospel and country together.

About the movie


  • history
  • music
  • social studies


  • diverse
  • music
  • sense injuries

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools
  • middle schools


  • biography
  • drama


  • based on true events

Age limits

  • K-12


  • Universal Pictures

For media educator

Ray tells the inspiring story of how Ray Charles, who came from poor circumstances, built his way to success in music. In his childhood, in addition to poverty, he experienced two other big adversities: the accidental death of his younger brother and his blindness. In addition to these themes, the film deals with feelings of guilt, racial segregation, and drug addiction. Ray Charles himself chose Jamie Foxx to play Ray in the film and Foxx was awarded an Oscar for his performance.