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