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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 ...
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


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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Insignificancia  »

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icons become deep and moving characters...
17 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

If you have any sort of appreciation for character and dialogue, and any sense of American cultural history, you will find a lot of very absorbing material in this film. It probably was originally a play, and that's why it's dialogue heavy, but I can't stress enough how these icons that we only have a shallow understand of are made into truly complex and wonderful characters.

This film is better than any college course for telling you how to create a character-driven story.

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