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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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

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

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

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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Connections

References Jammin' the Blues (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

After You've Gone
(1918)
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Music by Turner Layton
Performed by Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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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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