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A Man of No Importance (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | February 1995 (USA)
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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Comedy | Drama

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

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February 1995 (USA)  »

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Um Homem Sem Importância  »

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$934,550 (USA)
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Alfie Bryne: The only way to get rid of temptation, is to yield to it.
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Soundtracks

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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Waste of Good Actors, A

I'll be terribly original and say this is a movie with no importance. It seems the trigger for all the story, the production of Wilder's play, is the weakest part of the movie, which should have dealt more with Finney's character and the people around him, mainly, him never being in love (he's somehow perfect for the role). Tara (as Adele) is a bit annoying, as is the fact that her character's story is mostly talked about and not seen (her being pregnant and all). The end seems kind of glued to it all, a little sad-a little happy, but more than anything a disappointing meaningless ending for an incomplete movie. Albert Finney and Brenda Fricker deserve much better.


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