• Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Sweet and Lowdown

Release Date: December 3rd, 1999

DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2000

PG-13 |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Emmet Ray (Sean Penn) isn't an easy guy to be around -- among other things, he's inconsiderate and egomaniacal. He also happens to be a jazz guitarist with undeniable talent, and despite his many faults, he ends up winning the heart of Hattie (Samantha Morton), a kind young mute woman. Hattie's seemingly endless patience with Emmet is tested, however, with his incessant irresponsibility and infidelity, leading their relationship to the breaking point.

Cast: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Uma Thurman, Brian Markinson, Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol, Vincent Guastaferro, John Waters

Director: Woody Allen

Genres: Comedy , Comedy drama

Production Co: Sweetland Films, Magnolia Pictures

Keywords: Cheeky , Amusing , 1930s , Emotional , Temptation , New York City , Love , Love interest ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Sean Penn('s) performances are master classes in the art of character development. show more

  • 65
    Michael AtkinsonMr. Showbiz

    A vapor trail of a comedy, comfortable as an old chair (and deliciously photographed in shades of melon and banana by Chinese vet Zhao Fei), but ultimately quaint and unchallenging. show more

  • 88
    Miami Herald

    Penn's performance is easily the best ever seen in an Allen film. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy