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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.

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

Roddy Doyle (novel), Dick Clement (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Arkins ... Jimmy Rabbitte
Michael Aherne ... Steven Clifford
Angeline Ball ... Imelda Quirke
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
Dave Finnegan Dave Finnegan ... Mickah Wallace
Bronagh Gallagher ... Bernie McGloughlin
Félim Gormley ... Dean Fay
Glen Hansard ... Outspan Foster
Dick Massey Dick Massey ... Billy Mooney
Johnny Murphy ... Joey 'The Lips' Fagan
Ken McCluskey ... Derek Scully (as Kenneth McCluskey)
Andrew Strong ... Deco Cuffe
Colm Meaney ... Mr. Rabbitte
Anne Kent ... Mrs. Rabbitte
Andrea Corr ... 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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Taglines:

They had nothing to lose, they risked it all. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

13 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,919,570
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Colm MacConiomare, violinist with Glen Hansard's band The Frames, makes a cameo appearance during the auditions as a young violin player. See more »

Goofs

As Andrew Strong is about to go into the main Chorus towards the end of "Try A Little Tenderness", when the drums kick in, the piano player goes for a strike down the keys, but in the next shot he's playing it normally. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Rabbitte: Soul is the music people understand. Sure it's basic and it's simple. But it's something else 'cause, 'cause, 'cause it's honest, that's it. Its honest. There's no fuckin' bullshit. It sticks its neck out and says it straight from the heart. Sure there's a lot of different music you can get off on but soul is more than that. It takes you somewhere else. It grabs you by the balls and lifts you above the shite.
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Soundtracks

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman
Performed by Niamh Kavanagh, 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 emmSee 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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