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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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A.J. Pickman
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Alvin (as Ron Cephas Jones)
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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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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 »

Quotes

Emmet Ray: I had a wonderful evening. I don't need a genius to have a good time.
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Connections

References La Strada (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Sue, Just You
(1928)
Lyrics by Will J. Harris
Music by Victor Young
Performed by Howard Alden
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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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