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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 & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
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Sharon 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 nothing to lose, they risked 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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »

Quotes

[Joey and Dean are rehearsing apart from the rest of the band]
Joey: Are you doing what I told you? Are you thinking of that reed as a woman's nipple?
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Edited into The Commitments: Mustang Sally (1992) 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 Kennedy, and Bronagh Gallagher
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Excellent story about the rise and fall of Irish "saviors of soul".
2 February 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Alan Parker's brilliant directing effort on THE COMMITMENTS really shines. More than an entertaining spectacle, it has a whole lot of influence on the soul music circuit. Shots of Dublin city life are nicely photographed. The musical acts are extremely well talented and well done, if only the occasional dialogue breaks didn't interrupt the awesome sound. There could've been some more new tunes instead of old ones, but it's amazing to discover the fictional band's lead singer pull them off out of his lungs. Phenomenal! At least you can try to find the soundtrack album. One thing stands out the best: the casting. We need more of today's movies to do the same thing: to provide creative acting talents. The musical genre of modern Hollywood needed something like this to keep it afloat. Highly recommended!


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