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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

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In the 1930s, fictional jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute.

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Ben Duncan ...
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A.J. Pickman
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Boss
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Ben
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Ace - Pool Player
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Hazel - Hooker #1
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Don
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Omer
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Alvin (as Ron Cephas Jones)
Steve Bargonetti ...
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Harry
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Storyline

A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world. We follow Ray's life: bouts of getting drunk, his bizzare hobbies of shooting rats and watching passing trains, his dreams of fame and fortune, his strange obsession with the better-known guitarist Django Reinhardt, and of course, playing his beautiful music. Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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jazz | train | rat | gangster | 1930s | See All (39) »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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26 January 2000 (France)  »

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Woody Allen Fall Project 1998  »

Box Office

Budget:

$29,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,708 (Sweden) (29 September 2000)

Gross:

$13,708 (Sweden) (29 September 2000)
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Trivia

Samantha Morton received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and she has no spoken lines at all. See more »

Goofs

The guitar that Emmett destroys at the end of the movie is (thankfully) not a genuine Selmer Maccaferri. The shattered fragments clearly show a bolt-on neck. The genuine instruments used a bolt during construction, but this bolt was removed before the guitar was completed, leaving an empty hole. (The instrument actually destroyed was a disposable prop created by Michael Dunn.) See more »

Quotes

Emmet Ray: I had a wonderful evening. I don't need a genius to have a good time.
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Referenced in This Filthy World (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

You Were Meant for Me
(1929)
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Hats Off To 'Hattie!'
24 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a strange movie, but one made a little bit special to me because of one memorable character: "Hattie," played by Samantha Morton. What a wonderful, endearing character! The sweet look on her face alone makes this movie worth keeping.

Another huge positive for this film is the cinematography. This is beautifully shot with great colors which look all the better on DVD.

As mentioned by other reviewers, Sean Penn also does an excellent job in the lead. The shocker for me was how good a comedic touch he exhibits. Putting his general persona or politics aside, this man deserves kudos as an actor.

There is a third very different and interesting character in this movie: "Blanche," played by Uma Thurman, who portrays an amoral woman in the last part of the film. She, too, is fascinating.

So....three interesting characters, great photography AND terrific music - jazz guitar is a central part of this story - all make for a fun hour-and-a-half of entertainment.


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