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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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Woody Allen Fall Project 1998  »

Box Office

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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

When he arrives at the train station with Ellie, Emmet stops the car just in time to avoid slamming into a utility pole. When they get out of the car a second later, the pole is not there any more. See more »

Quotes

Blanche: [Monologue] Any woman would be second to his music. He wouldn't miss me any more than the woman he abruptly left. He could only feel pain for his music.
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Connections

Featured in The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(1908)
Written by Queen Liliuokalani (as Queen Lili' Uokalani)
Performed by Dick Monday
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User Reviews

 
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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