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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
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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 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)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama  »

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$14,919,570 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy is asked if he has brought Mississippi Burning (1988) (also directed by Parker) with him on the train. He is also asked if he has any "Hothouse Flowers", a band in which Maria Doyle Kennedy (Natalie) once sang backup for. 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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[talking about kicking Ray out of the band]
Jimmy Rabbitte: How did Ray take the news?
Derek: Not too bad. Said he was goin' solo.
Jimmy Rabbitte: He doesn't have much of a choice, does he?
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Connections

Referenced in Super Mario Bros: This Ain't No Video Game (2014) See more »

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In The Midnight Hour
Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper
Performed by Andrew Strong, with Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle and Bronagh Gallagher
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"You raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons!"
12 March 2004 | by (Tucson,Az) – See all my reviews

My one line summary consists of the most profound statement in the movie. "Jimmy "The Lips" Fagin telling "Brother Rabbitte" what he has achieved, when Jimmy thinks he has achieved "Nuttin'".That being said, I am overjoyed at the amount of people giving their wonderful comments about my favorite movie of all time.I can't tell you all the people I've turned on to this movie. I remember I didn't see the movie when it first came out, then they came out with some god-awful TV series kinda based on the movie (Americanized, of course),which,thank god, met a quick & merciful death. I bought the VHS version, then the Laserdisc version, then the DVD, and am now awaiting the 2 disc special DVD, just released, to come in the mail.I have watched this film countless times & never get tired of it. I've even pretty much deciphered the dialogue(try reading the book sometime,if you think the movie is hard to understand!)One of my most prized possessions is a "Commitments" Promotional kit consisting of a "Making of" tape and a booklet about the movie in a photo-illustrated 6x15 box that I bought from a long-closed video store about 10 yrs ago. I also found the ellusive "Commitments Vol.2" CD in a "cut-out" bin about the same time.Anyway,I love the movie, and the whole premise of taking a bunch of unknown,talented, singers & musicians,with pretty much no hope of rising above their surroundings individually,and put them together to form "The Hardest Working Band in Show Business".To me, the highlight & peak of the band(and movie) was when they played "Try a Little Tenderness". It still gives me goosebumps & brings a mist to my eyes,whenever I see it.I'm still in love with Natalie & Imelda!! And Deco(Andrew Strong) only being 16yrs old!!I always hoped there would be a "Part 2", but as Joey said to Jimmy(after the band broke up) "The success of the band was irrelevent.You raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons. Sure, we could have been successful, & made albums & stuff, but that would have been predictable. This way...it's poetry". What a wonderful philosophy. That whole scene will never leave my mind.


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