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The Commitments (1991)

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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jimmy Rabbitte
... Steven Clifford
... Imelda Quirke
... Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
Dave Finnegan ... Mickah Wallace
... Bernie McGloughlin
... Dean Fay
... Outspan Foster
Dick Massey ... Billy Mooney
... Joey 'The Lips' Fagan
... Derek Scully (as Kenneth McCluskey)
... Deco Cuffe
... Mr. Rabbitte
... Mrs. Rabbitte
... Sharon Rabbitte
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,919,570
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Trivia

A sequel was proposed for the film which would have reunited the band in New York City. 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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Followed by The Van (1996) See more »

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I Can't Stand The Rain
Written by Donald Bryant, Ann Peebles and Bernard Miller
Performed by Angeline Ball
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Excellent story about the rise and fall of Irish "saviors of soul".
2 February 1999 | by 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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