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The Commitments (1991)

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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Arkins ...
Michael Aherne ...
Steven Clifford
Imelda Quirke
Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
Dave Finnegan ...
Mickah Wallace
Bernie McGloughlin
Félim Gormley ...
Dean Fay
Outspan Foster
Dick Massey ...
Billy Mooney
Joey 'The Lips' Fagan
Ken McCluskey ...
Derek Scully (as Kenneth McCluskey)
Mr. Rabbitte
Mrs. Rabbitte


Jimmy Rabbitte, che vive di piccoli espedienti in un quartiere proletario di Dublino, si e' messo in testa di organizzare una band musicale per rinverdire i fasti del rythm&blues e del soul. Grazie ad un annuncio sul giornale, Rabbitte comincia a selezionare giovani dal lavoro precario ma pieni di talento: Dean, Fay, Outspan, l'occhialuto Steven , Clifford, Deco, il ciccione senza buone maniere ma con una grande voce, Billy il batterista e Joey "The lips", un bizzarro e maturo anziano suonatore di tromba che si vanta di aver suonato con famosi soul-singers. Aggrega anche Natalie, Imelda e Bernie, tre grintose ragazze, ottime coriste e molto sexy. Procuratisi a credito la strumentazione, cominciano le prove, massacranti, che impegnano tutti. Si inizia a suonare in pubblico, in capannoni e feste sociali: il gruppo sembra pervaso dal fuoco della musica e dell'ambizione. La band, pur se dilettantesca e provinciale, sembra lanciata verso il vertice e finisce invece nel fallimento: ... Written by rosebud6

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Release Date:

4 October 1991 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama  »

Box Office


$14,919,570 (USA)

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Great Fun
22 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A comedy about the rise and fall of a band in Dublin. This film is really funny and energetic, but you'll probably need to like the music to really enjoy it. The Commitments are a rough and ready group of kids that get together with an aging trumpeter Joey 'The Lips' Fagan. I'm not sure whether the cast were singers or actors before the film, but they're certainly pretty good at both during the film. The band plays 'Black' soul and the films set piece concerts make the story fairly zip along. Joey tells stories about all the famous musicians he's played with, but is he telling the truth ? When he arranges for a jam between the Commitments and Wilson Pickett we are going to find out ... or are we ?

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