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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 10 March 2000 (USA)
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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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Himself
Ben Duncan ...
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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
Steve Bargonetti ...
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Benjamin Franklin Brown ...
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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 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$29,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,196,621 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Woody Allen pays a clever homage to Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954). The characters of Emmet (Penn) and Hattie (Morton) correspond to Zampano (Quinn) and Gelsomina (Masina) including the final scene with Emmet's/Zampano's breakdown and repentance. 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

Emmet Ray: I didn't ask your opinion. I'm just telling ya how it's gonna go.
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Connections

Featured in 71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924)
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Music by Isham Jones
Performed by Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli and Kelly Friesen
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I Don't Like Woody Allen, but......
6 June 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I loved this. A story of a fictional character, portrayed as documentary, the viewer is drawn in, particularly by the believable performances from all the cast, Samantha Morton and Sean Penn in particular. They both deserved the nominations they received for these roles. Morton especially since she had no words, only expressions, to carry meaning, and she succeeds.

In addition, if you like jazz, there is simply some fantastic music to be heard. Apparently Penn had never played guitar before this movie, and while it is unlikely that he was able to play to this standard, he nevertheless carries off miming very well.

Great music, great film. 10/10


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