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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 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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,919,570
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Glen Hansard had a difficult time during filming. A clash early on with director Alan Parker made it very difficult for him to enjoy the experience. It took him almost 20 years before he watched the full film. See more »

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In the last club scene, an acoustic piano can clearly be heard, but only a Fender Rhodes piano is seen. See more »

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Jimmy Rabbitte: [pretending to be Terry Wogan] So, lookin' back Jimmy, what have you learned from your experience with The Commitments?
Jimmy Rabbitte: Well, that's a tricky question, Terry. But as I always say, we skipped the light fandango, turned cartweels 'cross the floor. I was feelin' kinda seasick, but the crowd called out for more.
Jimmy Rabbitte: [pretending to be Terry Wogan] That's very profound Jimmy! What does it mean?
Jimmy Rabbitte: I'm fucked if I know,Terry!
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References Birdy (1984) 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 Kennedy and Bronagh Gallagher
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Absolutely Brilliant!
26 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

I've just watched 'The Commitments' for about the 100 time and everytime I see it it's like watching it for the very first time. It doesn't get very much better than this, let me tell you that!

Some really superb acting by Andrew Strong. Even if he's not really an actor, is he. I've seen him live once, as for summer of 1998 in the very south of Sweden, and he was terrific!

However, as written the movie was really superb with lots of views of how some people live in Ireland.

That's all for me,

Regards,

Jens Jadesjö.


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