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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.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Woody Allen
Ben Duncan Ben Duncan ... Ben Duncan
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 Marc Damon Johnson ... Omer
Ron Cephas Jones ... Alvin
Steve Bargonetti Steve Bargonetti ... Musician Friend
Benjamin Franklin Brown Benjamin Franklin Brown ... Musician Friend
James Urbaniak ... 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Fall Project 1998 See more »

Filming Locations:

Haverstraw, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,686, 5 December 1999

Gross USA:

$4,197,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,525,794
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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: Wanna go to the dump and shoot some rats?
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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 Dragonshadow0See 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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