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A Man of No Importance (1994)

R | | 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 »

Director:

Suri Krishnamma

Writer:

Barry Devlin (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Alfred Byrne
Brenda Fricker ... Lily Byrne
Michael Gambon ... Ivor J. Carney
Tara Fitzgerald ... Adele Rice
Rufus Sewell ... Robbie Fay
Patrick Malahide ... Inspector Carson
David Kelly ... Christy Ward
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Father Ignatius Kenny
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... Mrs. Grace
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ... Ernie Lally
Brendan Conroy Brendan Conroy ... Rasher Flynn
Joan O'Hara Joan O'Hara ... Mrs. Crowe
Eileen Reid Eileen Reid ... Mrs. Rock
Eileen Conroy Eileen Conroy ... Mrs. Curtin
Maureen Egan Maureen Egan ... Mrs. Dunne
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Storyline

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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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Homem Sem Importância See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland

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Gross USA:

$934,550
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The Bus Depot film location was the Broadstone Dublin Bus Depot, in Dublin 7, Ireland. Formerly, the Broadstone Railway Terminus, prior to the de-commissioning of the Great Western Railway line, and it being used as a Bus Depot, in the mid 2010s, the forecourt was completed demolished to accommodate the Luas Cross City tram Stop and route passing what would later become the new consolidated DIT Grangegorman university campus. By coincidence, the former "mental hospital" land adjacent to Broadstone Depot, that would later become the DIT Student Accommodation site, was used as a backlot to build the (geographically inaccurate) O'Connell Street/GPO exterior set for Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins". See more »

Quotes

Robbie Fay: Don't you be dirtying that nice clean bus, now.
Alfie Byrne: You have it lovely, Bosie. I can see myself in it, like Narcissus.
Robbie Fay: You're at it again.
Alfie Byrne: At what?
Robbie Fay: That stuff you do. Big words. Poetry.
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Soundtracks

Can't Get Used To Losing You
Written by Doc Pomus (as D. Pomus) & Mort Shuman (as M. Shuman)
Published by Unichappell Music Inc.
Performed by Andy Williams
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Surprisingly dull stuff
1 September 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In 1963's Dublin Alfred Byrne is a bus conductor who pleasures his working class passengers with poetry recitals as he punches their tickets. Head of a local theatre group, Byrne is inspired by meeting new passenger Adele Rice to drop his plans to do Importance of Being Earnest and instead go up with Salome. With the challenges to the material from those who would usually support him, Byrne also faces much more negative attention than he would usually like as various truths and secrets come out.

Although the plot does have some interesting aspects to it, it is hard to ignore how average a fist it makes of this story. The threads are there to be delivered and at its heart is Byrne, who is a complex character and one that could have been more interesting. Sadly Krishnamma cannot seem to bring this out of the script with any degree of sharpness. Although I get the idea of the mood and tone that the director was going for, the effect it has is to slow the film right down to the point where it crawls and is surprisingly unengaging. Visually the film has a nice feel of the period but the drab looks again tend to drag the film down a bit.

On paper the cast suggests that they can lift the material themselves but surprisingly nobody does and many of them deserved better. Finney's accent is pretty awful (which didn't help anything) and although he has a certain dignity befitting the character, and brings out some pain, he is never as convincing as he should have been. Fricker, Gambon, Sewell and Fitzgerald are mostly OK but they are given little to do in this film.

A fairly uninspiring affair then. There are things of interest in here but they aren't delivered that well and the film is surprisingly dull.


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