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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Woody Allen
Ben Duncan ... Ben Duncan
... A.J. Pickman
... Boss
... Ben
... Ace - Pool Player
... Emmet Ray
... Hazel - Hooker #1
... Iris - Hooker #2
... Don
... Omer
... Alvin
Steve Bargonetti ... Musician Friend
Benjamin Franklin Brown ... Musician Friend
... 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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jazz | train | rat | gangster | 1930s | See All (39) »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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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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Woody Allen: [writer] Blanche is a novelist. See more »

Goofs

The steel grain bins seen on a car trip would not be found in that time era. 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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Soundtracks

The Peanut Vendor
(1927)
Written by Moïse Simons (as Moises Simons)
English Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Marion Sunshine
Performed by Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kelly Friesen, Ken Peplowski and Ted Sommer
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Hats Off To 'Hattie!'
24 October 2005 | by 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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