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The Commitments (1991)

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

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Michael Aherne ...
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Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
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Dick Massey ...
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Mrs. Rabbitte
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Sharon Rabbitte
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Storyline

Funny, musical and occasionally dramatic, this is the story of tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band, The Commitments. Managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed wheeler and dealer with a vision to create "The Worlds Hardest Working Band". Written by Rockpile

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They Had Absolutely Nothing. But They Were Willing To Risk It All. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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13 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,919,570
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jimmy is waiting out front Gallagher's club (waiting for Wilson Pickett). Spray painted graffiti on the wall behind him is "killing joke". Although this may be familiar to UK viewers, it's not so well known in the US - Killing Joke is a UK-based punk band, who were popular in the LA punk scene in the mid-1980's. See more »

Goofs

When some members of the group are talking about some famous Rock Stars have died, "Outspan" mentions Cass Elliot cause of death as a heart attack. The others correct him by saying it was by choking on her own vomit but it was indeed due to a heart attack. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: That's fuckin' blasphemy. Elvis wasn't a Cajun.
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Connections

Referenced in Schmidteinander: Episode #2.5 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Chain Of Fools
Written by Don Covay
Performed by Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle Kennedy with Bronagh Gallagher
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Great Fun
22 December 2003 | by 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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