Sweet and Lowdown

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 2000
  • Running time: 95 min
Sweet and Lowdown is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film tells the fictional story, set in the 1930s, of a real life jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (played by Sean Penn) who regards himself as the second greatest... read more
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Sweet and Lowdown is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film tells the fictional story, set in the 1930s, of a real life jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (played by Sean Penn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Django Reinhardt) who falls in love with a mute woman (Samantha Morton). The film also stars Uma Thurman and Anthony LaPaglia. The film, loosely based on Federico Fellini's film La Strada, was one of Allen's best-received dramatic films. Penn and Morton both received Oscar nominations, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. Like several of Allen's other films (e.g., Zelig), Sweet and Lowdown is occasionally interrupted by interviews with critics and biographers like Allen, Nat Hentoff, and Douglas McGrath, who comment on the film's plot as if the characters were real-life people.

Original Release

01/26/2000

US Release

03/10/2000

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Cast

Woody Allen Woody Allen / Himself
Ben Duncan Ben Duncan / Himself
Daniel Okrent A.J. Pickman
Dan Moran Boss
Tony Darrow Ben
Chris Bauer Ace - Pool Player / Ace
Sean Penn Emmet Ray
Darryl Alan Reed Don
James Urbaniak Harry
Uma Thurman Blanche / Blanche Williams
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Woody Allen

Writers

Woody Allen

Cast

Woody Allen Woody Allen / Himself
Ben Duncan Ben Duncan / Himself
Daniel Okrent A.J. Pickman
Dan Moran Boss
Tony Darrow Ben
Chris Bauer Ace - Pool Player / Ace
Sean Penn Emmet Ray
Darryl Alan Reed Don
James Urbaniak Harry
Uma Thurman Blanche / Blanche Williams
Denis O'Hare Jake
Samantha Morton Hattie
Anthony LaPaglia Al Torrio
Brad Garrett Joe Bedloe
Gretchen Mol Ellie
Molly Price Ann
Nat Hentoff Nat Hentoff / Himself
Douglas McGrath Douglas McGrath / Himself
Constance Shulman Hazel - Hooker #1 / Hazel
Kellie Overbey Iris - Hooker #2 / Iris

Producers

Letty Aronson Executive Producer
J.E. Beaucaire Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Jean Doumanian Producer
Richard Brick Producer

Editors

Alisa Lepselter

2000 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2000 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
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