Ray

Ray
Ray Charles Robinson grows up in the South with his mother, who’s a sharecropper, and younger brother, George. A guilt-ridden Ray is plagued by his brother’s accidental death even after he becomes blind at the age of seven and well into his adult years, where his love for music and piano playing skyrockets him to the pinnacles of success, fame and fortune as the legendary Ray Charles and the lowest of lows when he develops a heroin addiction. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for in the biopic “Ray”.

· At the beginning of the movie, Ray is waiting as the bus arrives. In the front, close-up Ray is shown taking his bus ticket out of his jacket with his right hand. His right arm is stretched out in front of him, still holding the ticket. (Terrance Howard’s name is seen on the credits when this happens.) It cuts to a rear view of him and his right arm is down, by his side. The man from the bus notices him and Ray’s right arm is outstretched, holding the ticket.

· Ray feels the water and the hand in his suitcase. He panics and rushes backwards, into the closet. Quincy runs into the room, carrying his trumpet case and places it on the floor, just beyond the door. He rushes over to Ray, hands empty, and starts telling him about Lionel Hampton. It cuts to a wider view as they continue talking and Quincy is holding the trumpet case. He proceeds to set it down next to his feet.

· Ray is playing chess with Dr. Hacker while in rehab. Dr. Hacker is talking about the attorney’s arguments. A close-up view of the two shows Ray takes the white queen chess piece and places it to the side of the board, to his left. After Hacker mentions the periodic drug tests, the chess piece is back on the board. It’s changed places on the board when Hacker mentions psycho therapy sessions. The piece is back in it’s original place when Hacker walks away and it’s gone when Ray flips the table.

“Ray” (2004) stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, CJ Sanders, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff, Larenz Tate and Terrence Howard. It runs 152 minutes and is rated PG-13 for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements.


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