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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


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama  »

Box Office


$14,919,570 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alan Parker originally wanted Van Morrison for the role of Joey "The Lips" Fagan See more »


When Jimmy's dad tells him that Elvis is God, Jimmy said he never pictured God with a fat gut singing "My Way" at Caesar's Palace. Elvis actually performed at The Frontier and Las Vegas Hilton, but never Caesar's Palace. See more »


Outspan Foster: There's a band around called "Free Beer". Always draws a big crowd.
Derek: I like "A Flock of Budgies".
Jimmy Rabbitte: We have to be "the" something. All the great sixties bands were "The Somethings".
Outspan Foster: We could be... The Northsiders.
Derek: Or The Liffy Lads.
Outspan Foster: How about... The Fucking Eejits?
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"You raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons!"
12 March 2004 | by (Tucson,Az) – See all my reviews

My one line summary consists of the most profound statement in the movie. "Jimmy "The Lips" Fagin telling "Brother Rabbitte" what he has achieved, when Jimmy thinks he has achieved "Nuttin'".That being said, I am overjoyed at the amount of people giving their wonderful comments about my favorite movie of all time.I can't tell you all the people I've turned on to this movie. I remember I didn't see the movie when it first came out, then they came out with some god-awful TV series kinda based on the movie (Americanized, of course),which,thank god, met a quick & merciful death. I bought the VHS version, then the Laserdisc version, then the DVD, and am now awaiting the 2 disc special DVD, just released, to come in the mail.I have watched this film countless times & never get tired of it. I've even pretty much deciphered the dialogue(try reading the book sometime,if you think the movie is hard to understand!)One of my most prized possessions is a "Commitments" Promotional kit consisting of a "Making of" tape and a booklet about the movie in a photo-illustrated 6x15 box that I bought from a long-closed video store about 10 yrs ago. I also found the ellusive "Commitments Vol.2" CD in a "cut-out" bin about the same time.Anyway,I love the movie, and the whole premise of taking a bunch of unknown,talented, singers & musicians,with pretty much no hope of rising above their surroundings individually,and put them together to form "The Hardest Working Band in Show Business".To me, the highlight & peak of the band(and movie) was when they played "Try a Little Tenderness". It still gives me goosebumps & brings a mist to my eyes,whenever I see it.I'm still in love with Natalie & Imelda!! And Deco(Andrew Strong) only being 16yrs old!!I always hoped there would be a "Part 2", but as Joey said to Jimmy(after the band broke up) "The success of the band was irrelevent.You raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons. Sure, we could have been successful, & made albums & stuff, but that would have been predictable. This way...it's poetry". What a wonderful philosophy. That whole scene will never leave my mind.

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