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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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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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Budget:

$29,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,686, 5 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,196,621, 21 May 2000
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Trivia

The guitar that Emmet Ray (Sean Penn) plays in the movie is a Selmer Maccaferri of about 1932, though it seems likely that it's a reproduction of the rare instrument and not an original. This is the same kind of guitar played and made famous by Django Reinhardt. See more »

Goofs

Emmett's guitar playing is completely mis-matched with what is heard on the soundtrack. He plays the wrong chords, doesn't position his hands properly for the chords he does play, and is often strumming when he should be plucking (and vice versa). See more »

Quotes

Emmet Ray: You got a terrific body, you really do. Round. I like round. And I don't mean fat! You got some heft. Makes a fella feel like he's been someplace.
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Connections

References Forsaking All Others (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

You Were Meant for Me
(1929)
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Very watchable, very charming
29 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a very enjoyable movie. It has many touches in it that are classic Woody Allen, so it should appeal to his many fans. It is also so strong on the jazz material that it should appeal to jazz afficianados even if they are not Woody Allen fans.

The biographical / documentary styles keep this movie away from Woody's worst excesses (I am a fan, but not a blinkered one)and provide momentum. There are one or two scenes that migrate towards farce, such as the hold-up scene(s) and the "moon seat".

This film is well worth seeing.


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