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Sweet and Lowdown -- In the 1930s, fictional jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute.

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26 January 2000 (France) See more »
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In the 1930s, fictional jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Himself
Ben Duncan ... Himself

Daniel Okrent ... A.J. Pickman

Dan Moran ... Boss

Tony Darrow ... Ben

Chris Bauer ... Ace - Pool Player

Sean Penn ... Emmet Ray

Constance Shulman ... Hazel - Hooker #1

Kellie Overbey ... Iris - Hooker #2
Darryl Alan Reed ... Don

Marc Damon Johnson ... Omer

Ron C. Jones ... Alvin (as Ron Cephas Jones)
Steve Bargonetti ... Musician Friend
Benjamin Franklin Brown ... Musician Friend

James Urbaniak ... Harry
Vince Giordano ... Bass Player #1
Emme Kemp ... Jam Session Musician
Clark Gayton ... Jam Session Musician
Marcus McLaurine ... Jam Session Musician
Carolyn Saxon ... Phyliss

Brian Markinson ... Bill Shields
Drummond Erskine ... First Hobo
Joe Ambrose ... Second Hobo

Molly Price ... Ann
Joseph Rigano ... Stagehand (as Joe Rigano)

Denis O'Hare ... Jake
Dennis Stein ... Dick Ruth - Club Owner
Nat Hentoff ... Himself

Katie Hamill ... Mary

Samantha Morton ... Hattie

Kaili Vernoff ... Gracie
Carole Bayeux ... Rita - Opium Party Hostess
Paula Parrish ... Party Guest
Cory Solar ... Party Guest
Lexi Egz ... Party Guest
Yvette Mercedes ... Party Guest
Peter Leung ... Party Guest

John Waters ... Mr. Haynes
William Addy ... Master of Ceremonies
Dick Monday ... Chester Weems
Mary Stout ... Felicity Thomson - Amateur Singer
Dick Mingalone ... Birdman
Mr. Spoons ... Spoon Player
Carol Woods ... Helen Minton
Josh Mowery ... Movie Director
Fred Goehner ... William Weston
Eddy Davis ... Bass Player #2

Vincent Guastaferro ... Sid Bishop
Ralph Pope ... Panhandler

Douglas McGrath ... Himself
Jerome Richardson ... Club Musician
Earl P. McIntyre ... Club Musician
James Williams ... Club Musician
Frank Wess ... Club Musician (as Frank Wellington Wess)
Al Bryant ... Club Musician
Ray Garvey ... Club Manager
Sally Placksin ... Sally Jillian

Uma Thurman ... Blanche

Lola Pashalinski ... Blanche's Friend
Simon Wettenhall ... Jam Session Musician
Orange Kellin ... Jam Session Musician
Brooks Giles III ... Jam Session Musician

Anthony LaPaglia ... Al Torrio

Brad Garrett ... Joe Bedloe
Alfred Sauchelli Jr. ... Ned - Pool Player
Michael Peter Bolus ... Lynch - Bar Room Friend (as Michael Bolus)
Mick O'Rourke ... Holdup Man

John Patrick McLaughlin ... Holdup Man (as John P. McLaughlin)
Chuck Lewkowicz ... Police Officer
Rick Mowat ... Flat Tire Man
Ted Wilkins ... Gas Station Proprietor
Michael Sprague ... Django Reinhardt

Gretchen Mol ... Ellie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Scott Beehner ... Jay (uncredited)

Gary Cowling ... Musician Friend (uncredited)
Michael Criscuolo ... Carnival Vendor (uncredited)

Stanley Crouch ... Himself (uncredited)
Anna Damergis ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Catherine Dudley-Rose ... Eavesdropper (uncredited)

Kenneth Edelson ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Eddie Eisele ... Rich Car Collector Who Sells Sean Penn the Packard (uncredited)

Alan Francis ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Rick Hickman ... Angry Townsman (uncredited)
Fiona Jones ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Jon M. McDonnell ... Music Enthusiast (uncredited)

Trish McGettrick ... Patron (uncredited)
Maria Ottavia ... Mother and Family on Boardwalk (uncredited)
Adam Sietz ... John (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... Bartender Serving Emmet (uncredited)
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Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... co-executive producer
J.E. Beaucaire .... executive producer
Richard Brick .... co-producer
Jean Doumanian .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... co-executive producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Fei Zhao (director of photography) (as Zhao Fei)
 
Film Editing by
Alisa Lepselter 
 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
 
Art Direction by
Tom Warren 
 
Set Decoration by
Jessica Lanier 
 
Costume Design by
Laura Bauer  (as Laura Cunningham Bauer)
 
Makeup Department
Stephen G. Bishop .... hair
Milton Buras .... hair
Robert Kushner .... wigmaker: Ira Senz
Eva Polywka .... makeup
Rosemary Zurlo .... makeup (as Rosemarie Zurlo)
Linda Lazar .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Nicki Ledermann .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Sanja Milic .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard Brick .... unit production manager
Margo Myers .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Janowski .... second assistant director
Richard Patrick .... first assistant director
Helen Rella .... dga trainee (as Helen Anne Rella)
Brian A. York .... second second assistant director (as Brian York)
 
Art Department
Mark Bachman .... sign designer
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Regina Graves .... assistant set decorator
Daniel K. Grosso .... leadman
Vincent Guarriello .... chief construction grip
Christian Halac .... art department assistant
Jon Kaloudis .... art department assistant
Hyun-joo Kim .... assistant art director (as Hyun-Joo Kim)
Beth Kuhn .... assistant art director
Glenn Lloyd .... graphics and research
Leonardo Mastrantoni .... shop assistant
Robin McAllister .... assistant property master
Jessica A. Milstein .... set decorating coordinator (as Jessica Milstein)
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald Petagna)
Paul Robinson .... assistant art director
Cliff Schorr .... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
David Stein .... assistant art director
Margot Therre .... lead scenic artist
Josh Wick .... art department assistant
Greg Aharoni .... set dresser (uncredited)
Suzanne E. Cestare .... set dresser (uncredited)
Eric Cheripka .... property assistant (uncredited)
James Donahue .... scenic artist (uncredited)
William Durnin Jr. .... set dresser (uncredited)
Stephen Finkin .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ray Fisher .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tony Gamiello .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gilbert Gertsen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gordon Gertsen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Greco .... set dresser (uncredited)
Linda Harvey .... carpenter (uncredited)
Ruth Katz .... set dresser (uncredited)
James McDonagh .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeff Naparstek .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... props (uncredited)
Ari David Schwartz .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corp.
Kate Eales .... assistant sound editor
Frank Graziadei .... recordist (as Frank J. Graziadei)
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
John Hirst .... playback
Bradford L. Hohle .... sound consultant: Dolby
Frank Kern .... foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley recording engineer (as George Lara)
Les Lazarowitz .... production sound mixer
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Bruce Pross .... foley editor
Neil Riha .... boom operator
Melanie Ryder .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
John Ottesen .... special effects coordinator
Ron Ottesen .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Scott David .... digital artist (as Scott Roscoe David)
Camille Geier .... visual effects producer
Thomas Rosseter .... visual effects supervisor (as Tom Rosseter)
Camille Eden .... visual effects production coordinator: ILM (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Norman Douglass .... stuntman
Vic Bucossi .... stunts (uncredited)
David Shumbris .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David E. Baron .... second assistant camera (as David Baron)
Bob Brennan .... best boy grip (as Robert Brennan)
John Clifford .... still photographer
Jack Coffen .... best boy electric
Michael Green .... camera operator
A. Lee Morris .... camera loader
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
George Patsos .... key grip
Michael Proscia Jr. .... gaffer
Matt Chubet .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Gallart .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Hammond .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Wayne Paull .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Proscia .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Zizzo .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sarah Allentuch .... casting assistant
Kristy Fitts .... extras casting associate (as Kristi Fitts)
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting associate (as Patricia Kerrigan)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Eiben .... shop wardrobe supervisor
Barrett Hong .... wardrobe supervisor
Anastasia Leopold .... wardrobe tracker
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... extras wardrobe supervisor (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Jennifer Newman .... wardrobe assistant
Suzanne Pettit .... wardrobe supervisor
Heather Priest .... assistant costume designer
Elizabeth Roles .... wardrobe assistant
Bobby Frederick Tilley .... assistant costume designer
Jennifer Ingram .... costumer (uncredited)
Roseann Milano .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Margaret Morettini .... costume shopper (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Katherine Belsey .... post-production coordinator
Sheri Bylander .... assistant editor
Sara Corrigan .... assistant editor
Katy Kei Cunningham .... post-production assistant
Jennifer Lilly .... apprentice editor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Howard Alden .... musician: solo guitar
James Chirillo .... musician: additional rhythm guitar player
Kelly Friesen .... musician: bass
Joel Helleny .... musician: additional trombone player
Dick Hyman .... music arranged by
Dick Hyman .... music conducted by
Dick Hyman .... musician: additional piano player
Walt Levinsky .... music recording supervisor
Carmel Malin .... musicians coordinator
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
Ken Peplowski .... musician: clarinet
Bucky Pizzarelli .... musician: rhythm guitar
Ted Sommer .... musician: drum
Byron Stripling .... musician: additional trumpet player
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain (as Ed 'Ack' Iacobelli)
 
Other crew
Leon Adair Jr. .... parking coordinator (as Leon Adair)
Howard Alden .... instructor: solo guitar
Michael Anthony .... location assistant
Abby Bailey .... assistant production accountant
David Brotsky .... location production assistant
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Lauren G. Chapin .... assistant to: Mr. Allen
Drew Dillard .... location manager
Kimberly N. Fajen .... production coordinator
Debora Fearon .... craft service
Alex Fernández .... set production assistant (as Alex Fernandez)
Ramsey Fong .... production secretary
Meredith Garlick .... assistant to: Mr. Brick
Sarah Garrett .... set production assistant
Jessica Glass .... location production assistant
Amanda Ladd .... payroll accountant
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... production accountant
Shuping Lu .... interpreter for: Mr. Zhao (as Shuping Lu Roman)
Colin MacLellan .... set production assistant (as Colin A.J. MacLellan)
Michael McBrien .... location assistant
Patrick McMahon .... set production assistant
Kiersten Pilar Miller .... set production assistant
Christie Mullen .... location assistant
Yasmine Mustaklim .... assistant accounting
Kim Noble .... location assistant
Bucky Pizzarelli .... instructor: rhythm guitar
Bing Rao .... interpreter for: Mr. Zhao
Jason Rubenstein .... set production assistant
Salvatore Savo .... office assistant
Andy Segal .... pool consultant (as Andy Seigel)
Kate Siamon .... location production assistant
Jennifer Silverman .... assistant production coordinator
Ted Sommer .... instructor: drums
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Steven Weisberg .... location assistant
Will Wilder .... assistant parking coordinator
Tom Yeager .... assistant location manager
Martin Zeichner .... video dailies
Marc Baron .... photo double: Sean Penn (uncredited)
Marc Baron .... stand-in: Sean Penn (uncredited)
Eric Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Guy Efrat .... location scout (uncredited)
Maggie Engelhardt .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Rae Garrett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Danielle Giovanniello .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tudor Jones .... production assistant (uncredited)
Timothy Klein .... Stand In: Tony Darrow (uncredited)
Timothy Klein .... stand in: Brian Markinson (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christie Mullen .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Valerie Haller .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank
Robert C. Janiszewski .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank: County Executive of Hudson County, New Jersey
Greg Johnson .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some substance abuse
Runtime:
95 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Woody Allen had planned an initial version of this movie (originally titled "The Jazz Baby") as his first film for United Artists. When UA insisted upon a comedy, Allen shelved the idea for nearly three decades.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the Hollywood sequence, Emmet's band is backing a black vocalist. In the 1930s, musicians on film were, with extremely rare exceptions (e.g., Benny Goodman's quartet), strictly segregated. There's no way a white band would be playing behind a black woman.See more »
Quotes:
Blanche:Do you get a bigger kick doing this, or stealing small objects?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.192" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
CaravanSee more »

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What brand of guitar was Sean using for his performance in 'Sweet And Lowdown' ?
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42 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful, 8 May 2005
Author: Mary Kae from United States

A slow, rich movie. Though it lags in places, the three lead performances are indelibly written in my memory. And the great jazz soundtrack and warm colors made this movie go down like a glass of bourbon.

Embodying the archetypal difficult genius, Emmet Ray is an almost cartoonishly dislikable guy. But Sean Penn keeps him just this side of sympathetic; we loathe his actions, we curse his self-destructiveness, and yet we're compelled to keep watching in the increasingly futile hope he'll turn himself around. His last scenes are heartrending.

As Hattie, Samantha Morton strikes a perfect, almost Chaplinesque, balance of comedy and tragedy. The line separating the two is razor-thin; she dances gracefully upon it. I could say more, but perhaps appropriately, it's difficult to find words that capture the beauty of her silent performance. Half the joy is in watching her reactions naturally unfold anyway.

Like Penn, Uma Thurman portrays a pretty unlikeable character. Her Blanche is overly intellectual, questions incessantly and is in some ways just as emotionally alienated as Emmett. Though her character is grating at first (particularly in contrast to Morton), Thurman does not shrink from the less flattering aspects of her character. It's a brave performance in a thankless role.

Woody Allen has constructed a thoughtful meditation on the nature of artistry. Not on celebrity -- we all know how that film turned out -- but on the rights and responsibilities of the true artist. Emmett, Hattie and Blanche represent the axis of artists, fans and critics respectively. As their relationships play out -- naturally, inexorably and poignantly -- the viewer gets a rare treat: a film that plucks at the mind and at the heart as gracefully as Emmett picking his guitar strings.

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