A Man of No Importance (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Man of No Importance (1994)



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A middle-aged Irish bus conductor with a passion for the writings of Oscar Wilde causes controversy when he attempts to stage Wilde's Salome in this period drama set in early 1960s Dublin. Alfie Byrne (Albert Finney) is a well-liked local figure, a life-long bachelor who charms his bus passengers with dramatic recitations of Wilde's poetry. One day, he spots a beautiful young woman named Adele (Tara Fitzgerald) who inspires him to attempt to stage Salome with her as the title character. Wilde's play inspires outrage amongst the more conservative members of the community, who attempt to shut Alfie down. Rather than giving in, however, Alfie chooses to be true to himself, a decision that forces him to face his true self, particularly his feelings towards his young, handsome co-worker Robbie Fay (Rufus Sewell). ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Albert Finney
as Alfie Byrne
Brenda Fricker
as Lily Byrne
Michael Gambon
as Ivor Carney
Tara Fitzgerald
as Adele Rice
Rufus Sewell
as Robbie Fay
Patrick Malahide
as Inspector Carson
David Kelly
as Christy Ward
Mick Lally
as Father Ignatius Kenny
Anna Manahan
as Mrs Grace
Joe Pilkington
as Ernie Lally
Brendan Conroy
as Rasher Flynn
Joan O'Hara
as Mrs Crowe
Eileen Reid
as Mrs Rock
Joe Savino
as Breton-Beret
Dylan Tighe
as Landlady's Son
Jimmy Keogh
as Treasurer
Catherine Byrne
as Woman at Canal
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Critic Reviews for A Man of No Importance

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If there were real Alfies in Dublin in the early 1960s, and I am sure there were, their lives were probably not anything near this cozy.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film captures the ignorance, prejudice and complacent contempt of the times. Finney is wonderful as the tortured hero.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Shows how the life of a Dublin bus conductor is given meaning by his loveof art and beautiful words.

August 30, 2002 | Full Review…

One of those marvelous little movies that almost no one knows.

August 21, 2002 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Although it is bittersweet, it is a feel good movie. I left the theater singing the happy song from the credits and feeling elated.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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