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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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Michael Emil ...
Professor
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Actress
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Senator
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The Ballplayer
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Elevator Attendant
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Driver
Ian O'Connell ...
Assistant Director
George Holmes ...
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Richard M. Davidson ...
Director of Photography (as Richard Davidson)
Mitchell Greenberg ...
Technician
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Autograph Hunter
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Gaffer
Lou Hirsch ...
Charlie
Ray Charleson ...
Bud
Joel Cutrara ...
Bar Drunk
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Ballplayer's Father
John Stamford ...
Young Ballplayer
Desirée Erasmus ...
Prostitute
David Lambert ...
Young Professor
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Young Actress
Meachell Dunsmoor ...
Actress as a Child
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First Theatrical Agent
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Second Theatrical Agent
Shinobu Kanai ...
Japanese Woman
David Montagu ...
Young Senator

Directed by

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Nicolas Roeg

Written by

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Terry Johnson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Alexander Stuart ... executive producer
Jeremy Thomas ... producer

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Stanley Myers
Hans Zimmer

Cinematography by

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Peter Hannan

Film Editing by

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Tony Lawson

Editorial Department

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Chris Cook ... assistant editor
Christopher Thompson ... assistant editor (as Chris Thompson)

Casting By

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Lucy Boulting
Margery Simkin

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David Brockhurst ... (as David Brocklehurst)

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Arthur Max ... (as Arthur Max Shafransky)
Celia Barnett ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Shuna Harwood

Makeup Department

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Jan Archibald ... hairdresser
Christine Beveridge ... makeup designer

Production Management

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Simon Bosanquet ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lee Cleary ... third assistant director
Ann Egbert ... key second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy ... assistant director: New York (as Joe Reidy)
Zsuzsa Szemes ... second assistant director (as Zsuzsanna Mills)
Clayton Townsend ... second second assistant director
Michael Zimbrich ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Karen Brookes ... production buyer (as Karen Brooks)
David Hockney ... calendar designer
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

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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

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Bob Thorne ... special effects technician
Alan Whibley ... special effects

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Alan Church ... optical cameraman: General Screen Enterprises
Shulamit Levin ... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Tony Willis ... effects cameraman (uncredited)

Stunts

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Tracey Eddon ... stunts
Terry Forrestal ... stunt coordinator

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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
George Binnersley ... focus puller (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Pat Golden ... casting: New York

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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)
Babs Gray ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Carl Haber ... location scout
Rachel Neale ... location manager (as Rachael Neale)
Renée Shafransky ... location liaison: New York (as Renee Shafransky)

Music Department

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Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
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

Script and Continuity Department

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Mary Holdsworth ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Tamara Bally ... production coordinator: New York
Sevilla Delofski ... assistant to producer
Brian Gibbs ... production accountant
Lisa Granditer ... secretary to producer
Joel Hinman ... production liaison: New York
Tom Hugh-Jones ... unit runner
Pauline Hume ... graphic artist: titles
Sara Keene ... publicist
Roxy Konrad ... production coordinator (as Roxy Glassford)
Gary Nixon ... assistant accountant
Betty Swinburne ... accounts secretary
Ron Swinburne ... supervising production accountant

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The object of every man's fantasy and the greatest mind of the century are about to meet. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Une nuit de réflexion (France)
  • C'est une bombe (France)
  • Insignificancia (Spain)
  • Yhtä tyhjän kanssa (Finland)
  • Malícia Atômica (Brazil)
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  • 109 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The Professor's pocket watch always shows the time at being 8:15 which was the time of the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. See more »
Goofs When the Actress buys balloons at a newsstand, several vintage magazines are prominently displayed, but mid-80s magazines can also be seen, including an issue of PC World. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into 365 Days, also Known as a Year (2019). See more »
Soundtracks Jupitar Variations See more »
Quotes The Actress: I only said I knew, because you said you knew.
The Professor: I lied. Knowledge isn't truth. It's just mindless agreement. You agree with me, I agree with someone else - we all have knowledge. We haven't come any closer to the truth. You can never understand anything by agreeing, by making definitions. Only by turning over the possibilities. That's called thinking. If I say I know, I stop thinking. As long as I keep thinking, I come to understand. That way, I might approach some truth.
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