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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 ...
Steven Clifford
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Imelda Quirke
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Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
Dave Finnegan ...
Mickah Wallace
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Bernie McGloughlin
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Dean Fay
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Outspan Foster
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Billy Mooney
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Joey 'The Lips' Fagan
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Derek Scully (as Kenneth McCluskey)
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Mr. Rabbitte
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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)  »

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Camino a la fama  »

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$14,919,570 (USA)
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Director Alan Parker cites this movie as the most personally enjoyable production experience of his career. See more »

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When the band are having their photo taken the photographer tells them to say 'testicles' but deco can clearly be seen to say 'lesbians' even though all is heard is the original request. See more »

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Jimmy Rabbitte: I'd like to introduce you to the hardest-workin' band in the world. On bass, Derek "Meatman" Scully. On piano, Steven "Soul Surgeon" Clifford. Dean "Mr Nipple" Fay on sax. Joey "The Lips" Fagan on trumpet. Our gorgeous chanteuses are Bernie, Imelda, and Natalie. Deco "Deep Throat" Cuffe on vocals. On lead guitar, Outspan "Fender bender" Foster. Finally, on drums, Mickah "Don't Fuck With Me" Wallace. Ladies and gentlemen, The Commitments.
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References 1969 (1988) See more »

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Mustang Sally
Written by Bonny Rice
Performed by Andrew Strong, with Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Bronagh Gallagher
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Funny, heartbreaking and true
6 July 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Who needs expensive movie stars when a group of unknowns can light up the screen like this lot?

On paper, it sounds like a failure - a cast comprising almost entirely of untrained and untested performers, set in working class Dublin, based on the novella by Roddy Doyle. By God, does it defy expectations.

Jimmy Rabbitte is a working class Dublin lad who's been collecting unemployment benefits for two years. But he dreams of bigger things, namely making it big in the music industry. He sets out to form a soul band, and assembles a motley crew of musicians and singers, most of whom don't know each other and many of whom can't stand each other.

The look of the film is gritty and realistic - nothing is glossed over. North Dublin is presented in all it's glory. The home lives of the band members are depicted warts and all - their private lives set the scene for the inevitable personality clashes that are almost as explosive as the music. In the mix is the unique character of the Irish people - at one point Jimmy enters a tenement block and, as he waits for the lift, looks over to see a boy with a horse. "You aren't taking that in the lift, are you?" he asks. "I have to," the boy replies. "The stairs would kill him."

The real star of the show is the music - this film spawned two hugely successful soundtrack albums. The band members were cast partly due to their musical ability, and the results are superlative. The stand out is Andrew Strong as Deco - would you believe this kid was only 16 when the film was made? His amazing voice belies his tender years, and suggests that he's been smoking a packet a day since the age of about four. At the end of the day with is a fine ensemble piece, much like the band. The acting may be a little wonky at times, but the hysterical dialogue makes up for that.

Most remarkably, this is a feel good film that does not rely on any of the conventional feel good plot devices. There are no group hugs, no plot conveniences, no trite happy endings. Just a shrewdly observed and wittily captured human story about people who dream of making it out of their dreary world. And isn't that something we can all relate to?


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