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Release Date:
2 August 1985 (USA) See more »
The object of every man's fantasy and the greatest mind of the century are about to meet. See more »
Four 1950s icons meet in the same hotel room and two of them discover more in common between them than they ever anticipated. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Michael Emil ... Professor

Theresa Russell ... Actress

Tony Curtis ... Senator

Gary Busey ... The Ballplayer

Will Sampson ... Elevator Attendant

Patrick Kilpatrick ... Driver
Ian O'Connell ... Assistant Director
George Holmes ... Actor
Richard M. Davidson ... Director of Photography (as Richard Davidson)
Mitchell Greenberg ... Technician

Raynor Scheine ... Autograph Hunter

Jude Ciccolella ... Gaffer
Lou Hirsch ... Charlie
Ray Charleson ... Bud
Joel Cutrara ... Bar Drunk

Raymond J. Barry ... Ballplayer's Father
John Stamford ... Young Ballplayer
Desirée Erasmus ... Prostitute
David Lambert ... Young Professor
Cassie Stuart ... Young Actress
Meachell Dunsmoor ... Actress as a Child

Daniel Benzali ... First Theatrical Agent
R.J. Bell ... Second Theatrical Agent
Shinobu Kanai ... Japanese Woman
David Montagu ... Young Senator

Directed by
Nicolas Roeg 
Writing credits
Terry Johnson (screenplay)

Produced by
Alexander Stuart .... executive producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
Casting by
Lucy Boulting 
Margery Simkin 
Production Design by
David Brockhurst  (as David Brocklehurst)
Art Direction by
Arthur Max Shafransky 
Celia Barnett (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Shuna Harwood 
Makeup Department
Jan Archibald .... hair stylist
Christine Beveridge .... makeup designer
Production Management
Simon Bosanquet .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Cleary .... third assistant director
Ann Egbert .... key second assistant director
Zsuzsanna Mills .... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... assistant director: New York (as Joe Reidy)
Clayton Townsend .... second second assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Karen Brookes .... production buyer (as Karen Brooks)
Diana Johnstone .... set dresser
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski .... assistant art director
Maxie McDonald .... property master
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set property man (as Tom Reeve)
Reg Richards .... construction manager
Stephen Shapiro .... set constructor
Ernest Smith .... scenic artist
Lester Smith .... draughtsman
Sound Department
George Akers .... dialogue editor
Ted Ball .... sound maintenance
Alan Bell .... sound editor
Chris Gurney .... boom operator
Paul Le Mare .... sound
Jacques Leroide .... assistant dubbing editor
Brenda Ray .... boom operator: New York
Hugh Strain .... sound recordist
Martin Trevis .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Bob Thorne .... special effects technician
Alan Whibley .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical cameraman: General Screen Enterprises
Shulamit Levin .... digital restoration (2007 restored version)
Tony Willis .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Cridlin .... assistant camera
Colin Davidson .... focus puller
Anil Devani .... photosonics technician
Alfie Emmins .... best boy
James P. Gruebel .... key grip: New York (as Jim Gruebel)
Alex Henderson .... still photographer
John Krauss .... gaffer: New York
Edward Lachman .... additional camera operator: New York (as Ed Lachman)
Wayne Leach .... electrician
Reg Parsons .... gaffer
John Payne .... grip
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Casting Department
Pat Golden .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brandon Everett .... wardrobe assistant
Susie Money .... wardrobe assistant: New York
Sonja Roth .... wardrobe supervisor
Ray Usher-Cooper .... wardrobe master (as Raymond Usher Cooper)
Allison Wyldeck .... wardrobe assistant (as Alison Wyldeck)
Editorial Department
Chris Cook .... assistant editor
Christopher Thompson .... assistant editor (as Chris Thompson)
Music Department
Gerry Butler .... orchestrator
Gil Evans .... music arranger: Mozart
Paul Hirsh .... musician: shakuhachi
Graham Walker .... music supervisor
Ray Williams .... music coordinator
Hans Zimmer .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Tamara Bally .... production coordinator: New York
Sevilla Delofski .... assistant to producer
Brian Gibbs .... production accountant
Lisa Granditer .... secretary to producer
Mary Holdsworth .... script supervisor
Tom Hugh-Jones .... unit runner
Pauline Hume .... graphic artist: titles
Sara Keene .... publicist
Roxy Konrad .... production coordinator (as Roxy Glassford)
Rachel Neale .... location manager (as Rachael Neale)
Gary Nixon .... assistant accountant
Betty Swinburne .... accounts secretary
Ron Swinburne .... supervising production accountant

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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Wikipedia states, that according the book "The Films of Nicolas Roeg" (1991) by Neil Sinyard, "[Director] Roeg asked [playwright Terry] Johnson to work on the screenplay, which at first meant simply reducing the play to approximately ninety minutes as opposed to two hours, but then Roeg began making suggestions which would expand the screenplay and include flashbacks to the characters histories, and flash-forwards of imagination. His suggestions inspired Johnson to focus on a deeper development of the characters, while Roeg himself began to imagine how the film could open then play spatially as well as laterally. 'He opened it backwards,' Johnson said"."See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[last lines]
The Actress:[smiling and waving to the Professor] Bye!
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant film, 4 November 2007
Author: jack-7223 from United States

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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