Film synopsis

When Marilyn Monroe (Theresa Russell), Albert Einstein (Michael Emil), Joe Dimaggio (Gary Busey) and Joe McCarthy (Tony Curtis) cross paths one sweltering New York night in 1953, the result is a cauldron of mistaken identities and marital misgivings. British firebrand director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Bad Timing) assembles an excellent cast, confines them in hotel rooms, and lets them self-destruct in this witty and powerful deconstruction of celebrity. At the film’s centre, Monroe courts Einstein with demands for intellectual – and physical – nourishment the day before the physicist is to deliver a lecture about the evils of atomic technology. But with McCarthy attempting to roadblock the left-leaning Professor, and Dimaggio furious after finding Eistein and Monroe in bed, Insignificance becomes a mini-Hiroshima in a hotel suite. Nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1985), this is Nicolas Roeg at his very best.

Running time

109 Minutes

Year of production



Gary Busey
Tony Curtis
Theresa Russell


Nicolas Roeg


Alexander Stuart, Jeremy Thomas


Available formats

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