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A Man of No Importance (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | February 1995 (USA)
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Alfred Byrne (Albert Finney) is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin, Ireland in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he's gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is... See full summary »


Suri Krishnamma


Barry Devlin (screenplay)





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


Alfred Byrne (Albert Finney) is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin, Ireland 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.


Comedy | Drama

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

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The bus depot filming 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 completely demolished to accommodate the Luas Cross City tram stop and route passing what later became the new consolidated DIT Grangegorman University campus. By coincidence, the former "mental hospital" land adjacent to Broadstone Depot, that later became 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 (1996). See more »


In reality the no smoking rule on lower deck of CIE buses was observed religiously. The casual breaking of this rule would never be tolerated. See more »


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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Written by Carl Sigman & Charles Danvers
Published by Chappell & Co.
Performed by Percy Faith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Lacked importance
11 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A Man of No Importance is a bittersweet drama with no substance.

Set in a conservative world of Catholic Dublin in 1963. Alfred Byrne (Albert Finney) is a middle aged bus conductor who charms his passengers with poetry. He irritates the ticket inspector by covering up for passengers who did not pay for a ticket.

Bryne has an attraction for the new handsome young bus driver Robbie Fay (Rufus Sewell.) A pretty young woman Adele (Tara Fitzgerald) inspires him to attempt to stage Oscar Wilde's Salome with his ad hoc amaetur dramatics company.

Byrne's sister Lily (Brenda Fricker) always tries to set him up with a woman, not knowing that her bookish brother is a closeted homosexual.

The dim local butcher (Michael Gambon) wants the salacious and blasphemous play not to open in the church hall. He later torments Byrne.

Albert Finney gives a sensitive performance of a man for whom love and even close companionship has been elusive. Director Suri Krishnamma sets a wonderful tone with the period setting.

However the script lacks sharpness and is so sketchy with the story and characters. It actually wastes its cast.

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Release Date:

February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland


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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,606, 26 December 1994

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