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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Félim Gormley ...
Dean Fay
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Outspan Foster
Dick Massey ...
Billy Mooney
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Joey 'The Lips' Fagan
Ken McCluskey ...
Derek Scully (as Kenneth McCluskey)
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Mr. Rabbitte
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Mrs. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama  »

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$14,919,570 (USA)
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Trivia

The producers wanted Andrew Strong's father to audition for one of the roles. He brought his 16-year old son along, who then landed the lead role. See more »

Goofs

Several band members are kicking a can in an alley waiting for the others just before the Mr. Chippy van scene. Joey's scooter appears around the corner in the distance at the end of the alley, approaching the group, and gets partway down the alley. We change camera angles, but this time there's someone walking a dog across the end of the alley where the scooter just entered, and the scooter continues toward us down the alley. We change camera angles again, and although the scooter is further down the alley, the dog walker is just starting to cross at the alley entrance again. See more »

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Heavy Metal Singer: [at Jimmy's door, stating his musical influences] Wings...
Heavy Metal Singer: [Jimmy slams the door on him] Bachman-Turner Overdrive?
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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

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Slip Away
Written by Wilbur Terrell, Marcus Daniel (as Marcus Daniels) and William Armstrong
Performed by Robert Arkins, with Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle, and Bronagh Gallagher
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Funny how the Irish dig Motown...
20 May 1999 | by (Detroit, MI) – See all my reviews

I've lived in Detroit all my life, and the great soul music of the 1960's and 70's which was created here (and is still enjoyed here) is featured throughout "The Commitments." The Irish lads and lasses really do up the soul staples, from "Try a Little Tenderness" to "Mustang Sally." The actual musical talent is reinforced by the strong character development, industrial setting (North Dublin), and masterful plot, adapted from the novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. "Say it once, say it loud...I'm black and I'm proud," is never more irreverently humorous than when questionably repeated by Jimmy Rabbite's soul disciples. I own this film, and I could watch it over and over. The soundtrack is excellent, and the pop culture references throughout the movie are hilarious (especially during the audition scene.) This film delighted both the hard-core Detroiter in me, as well as the Irish lass. The working class Irish youth depicted in the movie are sincere, and so is their project, The Commitments. (All the great bands were a "The ...")


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