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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 nothing to lose, they risked 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?


Blaise Smith, who played the pool hall manager in the film, came close to getting the role of Jimmy Rabbitte 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 »


Dean Fay: I'm black and I'm proud.
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Referenced in The Golden Girls: The Commitments (1992) See more »


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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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