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A Man of No Importance (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | February 1995 (USA)
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Alfie Byrne is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he's gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is always trying to find him... See full summary »

Director:

Suri Krishnamma

Writer:

Barry Devlin (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Alfred Byrne
Brenda Fricker ... Lily Byrne
Michael Gambon ... Ivor J. Carney
Tara Fitzgerald ... Adele Rice
Rufus Sewell ... Robbie Fay
Patrick Malahide ... Inspector Carson
David Kelly ... Christy Ward
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Father Ignatius Kenny
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... Mrs. Grace
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ... Ernie Lally
Brendan Conroy Brendan Conroy ... Rasher Flynn
Joan O'Hara Joan O'Hara ... Mrs. Crowe
Eileen Reid Eileen Reid ... Mrs. Rock
Eileen Conroy Eileen Conroy ... Mrs. Curtin
Maureen Egan Maureen Egan ... Mrs. Dunne
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Storyline

Alfie Byrne is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he's gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is always trying to find him "the right girl". His passion is Oscar Wilde, his hobby is putting on amateur theatre productions in the local church hall. We follow him as he struggles with temptation, friendship, disapproval, and the conservative yet oddly lyrical world of Ireland in the early 1960s. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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an extraordinary tale of an ordinary hero.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Homem Sem Importância See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,606, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$920,916

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$920,916
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The Bus Depot film location was the Broadstone Dublin Bus Depot, in Dublin 7, Ireland. Formerly, the Broadstone Railway Terminus, prior to the de-commissioning of the Great Western Railway line, and it being used as a Bus Depot, in the mid 2010s, the forecourt was completed demolished to accommodate the Luas Cross City tram Stop and route passing what would later become the new consolidated DIT Grangegorman university campus. By coincidence, the former "mental hospital" land adjacent to Broadstone Depot, that would later become the DIT Student Accommodation site, was used as a backlot to build the (geographically inaccurate) O'Connell Street/GPO exterior set for Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins". See more »

Quotes

Ivor Carney: It's very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only stock brokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.
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Soundtracks

Theme For Young Lovers
Written by Percy Faith
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc.
Performed by Percy Faith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Rare Gem
13 May 1999 | by fubar-2See all my reviews

Normally I do not like Albert Finney. In fact I think he's one of the most overrated actors in film (I suspect his style of acting works much better on stage). This movie was an exception. For once he played a real person, and, except for one or two scenes, managed to quench his desire to gnaw at the scenery. I found myself totally identifying with the lead character for once. All of the acting is very effective, and the story is believable. A rare thing in movies. This would be a good double bill for 'My Beautiful Laundrette'. Odd that Indian's present homosexuality believably in English films, but I have never scene an Indian film even portray homosexuality (and, yes, I have seen many Indian films).


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