Sweet and Lowdown

Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol, Sean Penn

Columbia TriStar Home Video | July 4, 2000 | DVD

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Woody Allen, one of the true masters of the American cinema has done it again with Sweet and Lowdown. This darkly comic tale tells the story of Emmet Ray, a hard living, hard drinking 1930s jazz musician with a wandering eye that gets him into trouble. In fact, Emmet’s life isn’t the only one he’s messing up; his wife seems to have a problem with his womanizing. Few films offer such a fascinating peek into this pivotal point in American music. Sean Penn’s brilliant performance in the lead role and Allen’s solid directing make this a genuine must-see.

Video Release: July 4, 2000

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 95

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396047570

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Sweet and Lowdown

Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol, Sean Penn, Uma Thurman

Video Release: July 4, 2000

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 95

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396047570


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Mastered
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Description

Allen's pseudo-biopic about 1930's jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Penn) is a personal tribute by the director to a period of musical history that has greatly inspired and influenced him. Penn immerses himself into the role of the boozing, womanizing Ray with his usual intensity (this time, with a comic slant). Cameos by Allen and author Henton give the film a TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN feel, but it is Zhao's rich photography, as well as the solid musical sequences, that provide the film with its depth. Overall, though, this is a lighthearted effort that aims solely for the funny bone. Morton steals the show as Ray's silently suffering wife, in a breakout role that should elevate her to the forefront of Hollywood actresses.

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DVD Features Region 1 Encoding Talent Files: Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Samantha Morton Interactive Menus Scene Selection