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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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Himself
Ben Duncan ...
Himself
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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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Iris - Hooker #2
Darryl Alan Reed ...
Don
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Omer
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Alvin (as Ron Cephas Jones)
Steve Bargonetti ...
Musician Friend
Benjamin Franklin Brown ...
Musician Friend
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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 more »

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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

Woody Allen had planned an initial version of this movie (originally titled "The Jazz Baby") as his first film for United Artists. When UA insisted upon a comedy, Allen shelved the idea for nearly three decades. See more »

Goofs

Emmett's guitar playing is completely mis-matched with what is heard on the soundtrack. He plays the wrong chords, doesn't position his hands properly for the chords he does play, and is often strumming when he should be plucking (and vice versa). See more »

Quotes

Joe Bedloe: No genius is worth too much heartache.
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Soundtracks

Avalon
(1920)
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (as Buddy DeSylva), Al Jolson and Vincent Rose
Performed by Django Reinhardt
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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Great, small movie form the genius.
15 April 2000 | by (Cologne) – See all my reviews

Woody Allen has such control over the story telling tools of cinema that he can do whatever he wants. Mixing "documentary" comments about what is happening with the characters, and straightforward and yet superbly filmed feature sequences, Allen shows once again why he is one of the greatest film directors of our time. Good plot, great performances, skillfully constructed characters, excellent camera work... can you ask for more?


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