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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.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writer:

Terry Johnson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Emil Michael Emil ... Professor
Theresa Russell ... Actress
Tony Curtis ... Senator
Gary Busey ... The Ballplayer
Will Sampson ... Elevator Attendant
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Driver
Ian O'Connell Ian O'Connell ... Assistant Director
George Holmes George Holmes ... Actor
Richard M. Davidson Richard M. Davidson ... Director of Photography (as Richard Davidson)
Mitchell Greenberg Mitchell Greenberg ... Technician
Raynor Scheine ... Autograph Hunter
Jude Ciccolella ... Gaffer
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ... Charlie
Ray Charleson Ray Charleson ... Bud
Joel Cutrara Joel Cutrara ... Bar Drunk
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Storyline

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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She had the one figure he needed to complete the equation. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Insignificancia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's precis for the Cannes Film Festival states: "The cinema seems at its most compelling when it deals with myths. Perhaps this is because it is able, more than any other medium, to give them a sense of reality and somewhere in our subconscious we still believe in the first of all the myths of Cinema... 'The camera cannot lie'. I hope that "Insignificance" is a real, mythical, melodramatic farce". See more »

Goofs

When the Ballplayer is at the bar next to a wall calendar, in the medium shots the calendar page is for June 1954, but in a close-up the page says March 1954. The mistake would seem to be the close-up because there is a night-time baseball game on the bar's television and the baseball season didn't begin until April. See more »

Quotes

[to The Professor]
The Actress: Look! Stop talking so goddamn smart! I've heard enough! It just sounds like words! I've heard enough of your words! I came here to know you, and all you've done is hide behind words! What are you hiding from? What are you afraid of?
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Connections

References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Wild Hearts
Words & Music by Will Jennings, Roy Orbison
Sung by Roy Orbison
Produced by David Briggs, Roy Orbison
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This flick has everything but insignificance!
21 December 2000 | by gevalherSee all my reviews

It was late at night, and fighting with a dream that refused to take over me I finally saw the movie...

It blew my mind away... Marilyn, Di Maggio, McCarthy & Einstein all in a small hotel room!

I really enjoyed the characterization of Marilyn by Theresa Russell, and the other actors played their parts with grace too.

A nostalgic trip to the yesterday. This movie is now in the list of my favorites.

If you have the chance to see it, don't miss it!


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