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A Man of No Importance (1994)

 -  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 »

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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 "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.

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

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Um Homem Sem Importância  »

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Alfie Byrne: She is like a dove that has strayed. She is like a Narcissus trembling in the wind. She is like a silver flower.
Robbie Fay: You know what I think?
Alfie Byrne: What, Bosie?
Robbie Fay: I think you're soft on her.
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Mambo Italiano
Written by Bob Merrill
Published by Golden Bell Songs
Performed by Rosemary Clooney
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Albert Finney, Albert Finney!!
15 January 2001 | by (Lisbon) – See all my reviews

A slight film of forbidden love in early sixties Dublin. There is some great period detail and some lovely funny and touching and dark scenes, but the film IS Albert Finney - a momentous performance as a gay man desperate to consummate his passion for a man he knows he cannot have, and desperate also to create beautiful things in a grey, humdrum world which just doesn't understand him. Finney is absolutely fantastic.


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