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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 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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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 Absolutely Nothing. But They Were Willing To Risk 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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,919,570
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Derek Scully, the bassist, is nearly electrocuted onstage from touching an electrified microphone. Later, at the hospital, Derek asks Jimmy, "Isn't this how the guy from AC/DC died?" Jimmy replies, "No, he choked on his own vomit." In 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, reportedly died by choking on his own vomit while sleeping in his car outside a London house. However, in 1976, Keith Relf, vocalist of the Yardbirds, died from electrocution while playing an improperly-grounded guitar in the basement of his London home. See more »

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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: Who're you, then?
Joey: Are you the one startin the band?
Jimmy Rabbitte: Yeah.
Joey: The name's Joseph Fagin. Joey "The Lips" Fagin.
Jimmy Rabbitte: [sarcastically] And I'm Jimmy "The Bollocks" Rabbitte
Joey: I get mine from my horn playing. How'd you get yours?
Jimmy Rabbitte: Don't get snotty with me.
Joey: I get snotty with no man.
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Dark End Of The Street
Written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman
Performed by Andrew Strong, with Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Bronagh Gallagher
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"This way it's poetry..."
26 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is the simple and captivating story of Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins, fantastic like the whole cast), a young guy who decides to form a soul band in Dublin, and all the amazing people who join him. They've got musical talent and big dreams, but is that enough to climb to the top (and stay there)?

Alan Parker has made some very diverse films ("Midnight Express", "Angel Heart", "Mississippi Burning", "Angela's Ashes") in his long career, but you can see that music is in his blood and one of his favourite themes ("Bugsy Malone", "Fame", "Pink Floyd The Wall", "Evita"). He orchestrates a mostly unknown cast (which includes a very young Glen Hansard, from the recent hit "Once") in a tale of hope, determination, and great music. The British have a great eye for the bittersweet side of life and misfits in general ("The Full Monty", "Little Voice", "Billy Elliot" are fine examples), often with music as an important factor in the background (coincidence? I don't think so!). "The Commitments" is a beautiful, cheerful film, as passionate and memorable as Cameron Crowe's masterpiece "Almost Famous", and certainly one of the best music films of all time. 10/10.


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