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Sweet And Lowdown (1999)
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Samantha Morton, Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Brian Markinson, Gretchen Mol, James Urbaniak, John Waters
Director: Woody Allen
Category: Comedy, Drama, Independent
Studio: Columbia / TriStar
English, Spanish, French
95 mins



"Makes a comedy star of Sean Penn that will surprise even his most ardent fans."-Rex Reed, The New York Observer

In the 1930's, Emmet Ray ruled as the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world.But offstage, and particularly in regards to his relationships with women, he was the undisputed king.Academy Award-nominee Sean Penn stars in this richly textured comedic portrait.

Emmet's reputation as a renowned musician is eclipsed by his eccentric career moves, hilarious clashes with gangsters and stormy love affairs with two very different women: Hattie (a breakout performance by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Samantha Morton), a mute laundress who loves Emmet unconditionally, and Blanche (Uma Thurman), an eccentric heiress he impulsively marries.

Sweet And Lowdown has been acclaimed as "a loving and comic tribute to a musical era!A standout performance by Sean Penn!Samantha Morton's Hattie is a very sweet virtuoso performance!"-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


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