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Trivia from Sweet and Lowdown

  • Sweet and Low-Down, by George Gershwin, is a song on the soundtrack of Woody Allen's Manhattan.
  • The scene towards the end of the film in which Emmet Ray is drunk in a New York bar was filmed in "Chumleys," a bar on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village.
  • Emmet Ray's mute girlfriend is a Chaplinesque influence.
  • Director's Trademark (Woody Allen): [writer] Blanche is a novelist.
  • Woody Allen pays a clever homage to Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954). The characters of Emmet (Penn) and Hattie (Morton) correspond to Zampano (Quinn) and Gelsomina (Masina) including the final scene with Emmet's/Zampano's breakdown and repentance.
  • Anachronisms: The steel grain bins seen on a car trip would not be found in that time era.
  • Audio/visual unsynchronised: Emmet's strumming patterns and positioning of hands on the guitar are consistently out of time in all of his performances.
  • Continuity: The food on Emmett's fork disappears.
  • Anachronisms: Blanche and Bill drive past a modern Yield sign.
  • Audio/visual unsynchronised: Emmet's guitar playing is completely mis-matched with what is heard on the soundtrack. He plays the wrong chords, doesn't position his hands properly for the chords he does play, and is often strumming when he should be plucking (and vice versa).
  • Anachronisms: Railroad freight cars have reporting marks for railroads that did not exist in '30's
  • Continuity: When he arrives at the train station with Ellie, Emmet stops the car just in time to avoid slamming into a utility pole. When they get out of the car a second later, the pole is not there any more.

Awards and Nominations

  • Academy Awards, USA
    Year 2000
    Nominated Oscar
    Best Actor in a Leading Role
    Sean Penn
    Nominated Oscar
    Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    Samantha Morton
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
    Year 2000
    Nominated CFCA Award Best Supporting Actress
    Samantha Morton
    Nominated Most Promising Actress
    Samantha Morton
  • Empire Awards, UK
    Year 2001
    Nominated Empire Award Best British Actress
    Samantha Morton
  • Golden Globes, USA
    Year 2000
    Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
    Sean Penn
    Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
    Samantha Morton
  • Golden Satellite Awards
    Year 2000
    Nominated Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
    Sean Penn
    Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical
    Samantha Morton
  • London Critics Circle Film Awards
    Year 2001
    Won ALFS Award British Supporting Actress of the Year
    Samantha Morton
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
    Year 2000
    Nominated Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Music - Musical Feature (Foreign & Domestic)
    Alisa Lepselter (music editor)

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