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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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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)

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

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$4,196,621 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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The scene towards the end of the film in which Emmet Ray is drunk in a New York bar was filmed in "Chumleys," a bar on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village. See more »

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The food on Emmett's fork disappears. See more »

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Emmet Ray: I can make my guitar sound just like a train!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.192 (2010) See more »

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All of Me
(1931)
Written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons (as Seymour B. Simons)
Performed by Carol Woods, Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kelly Friesen,
Ken Peplowski and Ted Sommer
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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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