Insignificance (1985)





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Using four famous but unnamed individuals to symbolize a notorious era in American politics, as well as to explore the nature of despair, director Nicolas Roeg has created an intriguing drama. Based on a play by Terry Johnson, the story begins with the blond Theresa Russell as a sex-goddess actress working on a scene over a subway grate, with her skirts billowing out in the updraft. A famous Professor from Princeton with white hair opens his door to the actress, who takes out a few props and … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Terry Johnson
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On DVD: Jun 13, 2011



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as Bar Drunk

as Ballplayer's Father

as Young Ballplayer

as Prostitute

as Young Professor

as Young Actress

as Actress as a Child

as Theatrical Agent

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Critic Reviews for Insignificance

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

an intriguing, but ultimately slight "what if" fantasy

Full Review… | July 13, 2011
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Insignificance

I really liked some parts of Insignificance, but there's a forced art house aspect to it that just seems unnecessary and weakens the movie.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer


I found Nicolas Roeg's "Insignificance" to be extremely interesting. It's an experience that I will need more time to pin down, but it's a philosophical, hallucinatory and intriguing collusion of ideas, acting, writing and directing. The films main thesis is that if everything is relative than everything is without meaning. This is very cool stuff.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

I'm still trying to work out what it all means, but its possible that there isn't a coherent central theme here, other than placing a few of the defining figures of the 50s in one room to see what happens. I found most of it interesting, especially watching the Marylin Monroe character demonstrate the theory of relativity, and while its admittedly confusing I like that its really trying to grasp for the soul of a distinctive American decade.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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