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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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Imelda Quirke
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Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
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Mickah Wallace
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Dean Fay
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Outspan Foster
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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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13 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Camino a la fama  »

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$14,919,570 (USA)
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For their St Patrick's Day 2016 evening showing, Ireland's TV3 broadcast a version with the MGM logo, instead of the original Distributor 20th Century Fox, making the blatant 20th Century Fox's CBS-Fox Video product placement, in the Video Store really obvious. Additionally, instead of a Widescreen HD version, as on the original cinema release, this same broadcast used a 3:4 academy ratio cropped version, that was shown, with vertical sidebars, as would have been seen cropped on earlier TV broadcasts and the original VHS Home Video version. Presumably a widescreen HD version was unavailable. See more »

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When listing famous rock stars who died, "the guy from Free" was listed as "died choking on vomit." Paul Kossoff actually died of drug-related heart problems. See more »

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[learning the band will be called "The Commitments"]
Billy: The Commitments?
Jimmy Rabbitte: It's a "the".
Deco: How do you spell it?
Jimmy Rabbitte: T-H-E.
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Dark End Of The Street
Written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman
Performed by Andrew Strong, with Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle and Bronagh Gallagher
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"This way it's poetry..."
26 January 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is the simple and captivating story of Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins, fantastic like the whole cast), a young guy who decides to form a soul band in Dublin, and all the amazing people who join him. They've got musical talent and big dreams, but is that enough to climb to the top (and stay there)?

Alan Parker has made some very diverse films ("Midnight Express", "Angel Heart", "Mississippi Burning", "Angela's Ashes") in his long career, but you can see that music is in his blood and one of his favourite themes ("Bugsy Malone", "Fame", "Pink Floyd The Wall", "Evita"). He orchestrates a mostly unknown cast (which includes a very young Glen Hansard, from the recent hit "Once") in a tale of hope, determination, and great music. The British have a great eye for the bittersweet side of life and misfits in general ("The Full Monty", "Little Voice", "Billy Elliot" are fine examples), often with music as an important factor in the background (coincidence? I don't think so!). "The Commitments" is a beautiful, cheerful film, as passionate and memorable as Cameron Crowe's masterpiece "Almost Famous", and certainly one of the best music films of all time. 10/10.


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