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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 10 March 2000 (USA)
In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.

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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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Woody Allen Fall Project 1998  »

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$29,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$94,686 (USA) (3 December 1999)

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$4,196,621 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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This is one of only three Woody Allen films to receive Oscar nominations - Best Actor for Sean Penn and Best Supporting Actress for Samantha Morton - without Allen himself being nominated. The other two are Zelig (1983) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). See more »

Goofs

During the Hollywood sequence, Emmet's band is backing a black vocalist. In the 1930s, musicians on film were, with extremely rare exceptions (e.g., Benny Goodman's quartet), strictly segregated. There's no way a white band would be playing behind a black woman. See more »

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Emmet Ray: Now get dressed!
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Soundtracks

Clarinet Marmalade
(1918)
Written by Larry Shields and Henry Ragas (as H.W. Ragas)
Performed by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (as Ted Lewis' Orchestra)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Proof that Sean Penn can really act
9 September 2004 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

The two movies that come to mind when I think about Sean Penn and his acting ability are not Mystic River and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. They are Carlito's Way and Sweet & Lowdown. In both of these movies, he immerses himself in the characters, while in most of his other movies, including the art house hits like 21 Grams and Hurly Burly, he plays more or less the same type of person. Sweet and Lowdown has Penn playing a self-absorbed classical guitarist who obsesses over a world-renowned guitarist much in the way Woody Allen obsesses over things in his other movies. Woody himself shows up as a commentator (this, like Zelig, is presented in mock documentary fashion). It is amusing, if slight (and a sign of things to come in 2000-2002, with Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion and Hollywood Ending). Samantha Morton won a justified Oscar nomination, but Uma Thurman and Gretchen Mol are wasted (Uma got second billing over Sean Penn, and is hardly in the movie!) Not a Woody Allen masterpiece, but fans could do worse.


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