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The Commitments (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  13 September 1991 (USA)
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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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They Had Absolutely Nothing. But They Were Willing To Risk It All. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song Natalie is singing to the baby (before Deco starts banging on the drums) is called "Jimmy Mo Mhile Stor". See more »


In the song I Never Loved a Man, Natalie sings lead. There's a lock of hair sticking out next to her right eye, very obvious in the closeups early in the song. Yet in the wide shots, and the closing closeup shot, her hair is perfectly under control. [Although not specifically addressed, this is explained in the directors commentary on the bonus DVD -- for the live shots, they only had two cameras, and recorded the closeups first, the wide shots later. Typically a single live song would be done dozens of times, taking most of a day.] 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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Referenced in Schmidteinander: Episode #2.5 (1992) See more »


Chain Of Fools
Written by Don Covay
Performed by Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle with Bronagh Gallagher
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Absolutely Brilliant!
26 December 1998 | by (Sölvesborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I've just watched 'The Commitments' for about the 100 time and everytime I see it it's like watching it for the very first time. It doesn't get very much better than this, let me tell you that!

Some really superb acting by Andrew Strong. Even if he's not really an actor, is he. I've seen him live once, as for summer of 1998 in the very south of Sweden, and he was terrific!

However, as written the movie was really superb with lots of views of how some people live in Ireland.

That's all for me,


Jens Jadesjö.

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