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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alfred Byrne
... Lily Byrne
... Ivor J. Carney
... Adele Rice
... Robbie Fay
... Inspector Carson
... Christy Ward
Mick Lally ... Father Ignatius Kenny
Anna Manahan ... Mrs. Grace
Joe Pilkington ... Ernie Lally
Brendan Conroy ... Rasher Flynn
Joan O'Hara ... Mrs. Crowe
Eileen Reid ... Mrs. Rock
Eileen Conroy ... Mrs. Curtin
Maureen Egan ... Mrs. Dunne
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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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Um Homem Sem Importância  »

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$934,550
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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 »

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Alfie Byrne: Dancing is neither modest or immodest. It's either well-done, or badly done.
Christy Ward: Is that a quote?
Alfie Byrne: Almost.
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Edited into Screen Two: A Man of No Importance (1996) See more »

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Love Letters
Composed by Edward Heyman and Victor Young
©Famous Music Corporation
By kind permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Kitty Lester
MCA Record Inc.
Licensed courtesy of MCA Special Markets
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The Film is a Sleeper

Dublin in 1960,such an ideal locale for a story such as this one.You may just kick yourself for not viewing it sooner.I would enjoy it more if it had nothing to do with Oscar Wilde..however it captured an Irish American's heart.

Albert Finney is just one, in this well cast movie blessed with David Kelley and Rufus Sewell.

The cinematography is so professional,that you can "FEEL"Dublin beneath your feet and before your eyes...and the city did feel better back then..before the Celtic Tiger came and went.

A bus man in Dublin attempts to eke more out of his hum-drum life,by following his dream of "the theater"and his life becomes full when he meets so many different characters.

This is a must see!


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