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
They had nothing to lose, they risked it all.
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Did You Know?
The kid on the skateboard who appears outside Robert Arkins' (Jimmy's) window during the first third of the movie when the band are recruiting members is the (now grown up) boy from the covers of U2's "Boy" (1980) and "War" (1983) albums. At the time The Commitments
(1991) was filmed, he owned a skate shop in Dublin and was a champion skateboarder. See more
When "The Commitments" play in their last gig, there is a big brass accompaniment. They are supposed just two. It's best heard during "In the Midnight Hour": there's a tenor saxophone from nowhere playing. See more
[Jimmy has been auditioning unimpressive musicians all day
Smiths' Song Singer
I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour, but heaven knows I'm miserable now...
Yeah, I know how you feel.
Referenced in Bandits