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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

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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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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 more »

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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  »

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$29,750,000 (estimated)

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$13,708 (Sweden) (29 September 2000)

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$13,708 (Sweden) (29 September 2000)
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In the scene where Emmet Ray sees Django Reinhardt for the first time at the gas station and faints, right behind the trees is the Nyack High School Football team. They were asked to be quiet during the filming of the scene and had a stop their practice a number of times. 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: [while Hattie is struggling to replace a tire on the car] What's the matter? Nobody said it was going to be a picknick. You know I can't risk my hands.
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It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
(1931)
Lyrics by Irving Mills
Music by Duke Ellington
Performed by Howard Alden, Kelly Friesen, Joel Helleny, Dick Hyman,
Ken Peplowski, Ted Sommer and Byron Stripling
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Hats Off To 'Hattie!'
24 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a strange movie, but one made a little bit special to me because of one memorable character: "Hattie," played by Samantha Morton. What a wonderful, endearing character! The sweet look on her face alone makes this movie worth keeping.

Another huge positive for this film is the cinematography. This is beautifully shot with great colors which look all the better on DVD.

As mentioned by other reviewers, Sean Penn also does an excellent job in the lead. The shocker for me was how good a comedic touch he exhibits. Putting his general persona or politics aside, this man deserves kudos as an actor.

There is a third very different and interesting character in this movie: "Blanche," played by Uma Thurman, who portrays an amoral woman in the last part of the film. She, too, is fascinating.

So....three interesting characters, great photography AND terrific music - jazz guitar is a central part of this story - all make for a fun hour-and-a-half of entertainment.


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