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Insignificance (1985)

R | | Drama, Comedy | 2 August 1985 (USA)
Four 1950s icons meet in the same hotel room and two of them discover more in common between them than they ever anticipated.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Emil ...
The Ballplayer
Elevator Attendant
Ian O'Connell ...
Assistant Director
George Holmes ...
Richard M. Davidson ...
Director of Photography (as Richard Davidson)
Mitchell Greenberg ...
Autograph Hunter
Lou Hirsch ...
Ray Charleson ...
Joel Cutrara ...
Bar Drunk


Four 1950's cultural icons (Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Senator Joseph MacCarthy) who conceivably could have met and probably didn't, fictionally do in this modern fable of post-WWII America. Visually intriguing, the film has a fluid progression of flash-backs and flash-forwards centering on the fictional Einstein's current observations, childhood memories and apprehensions for the future. Written by Jeanne Baker <jbaker@erim.org>

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The object of every man's fantasy and the greatest mind of the century are about to meet. See more »


Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Insignificancia  »

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1.85 : 1
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The four icons are Marilyn Monroe, her husband Joe DiMaggio, Albert Einstein and senator Joseph McCarthy. Their characters respectively are known as The Actress, The Ballplayer, The Professor and The Senator. See more »


The movie takes place in 1954. In one scene, a man is in a bar watching the World Series. The TV announcer for the game starts talking about "Campanella, Hodges, and Berra" being involved in a play. In 1954 those 3 players played for Brooklyn Dodgers and NY Yankees, however the 1954 World Series was between the Cleveland Indians and NY Giants, therefore none of those 3 even played. See more »


The Ballplayer: You think I'm stupid, right? Well, lemme let you in on a little secret. I am NOT stupid. Heh, heh. I just enjoy giving the appearance of being stupid. You see, from an early age I've reveled in the appearance of stupidity which is given me a great deal of time to think. So I been thinking... No more TV. No more TV dinners. If you like, no more baseball.
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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »


Wild Hearts
Words & Music by Will Jennings, Roy Orbison
Sung by Roy Orbison
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Brilliant film
4 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's flawed - especially if you're into Hollywood films that demand a lot of effects, a purely entertaining or fantasy story or plot, and you can't actually think for yourself.

Roeg's films are for the intelligent film-goer, and Insignificance is a perfect example.

The characterizations are brilliant, the story is excellent, but, like all Nic Roeg's films - it has you thinking on every level about aspects of reality that would never have dawned on you before. His films always make you think, and personally, I like that in a film.

So don't expect to come away from watching this film and feeling all happy-happy, because it's likely you'll be disappointed.

But I think it's excellent.

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