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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.


Alan Parker


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





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


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Ireland | UK | USA


English | Irish

Release Date:

13 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alan Parker considered Bob Hoskins for the Joey the Lips character, but decided that the role would be best suited for an unknown, so he opted for stage actor Johnny Murphy instead See more »


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


Deco: I've a bugle here you can blow on.
Natalie: I've an arse here you can kiss.
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References Mississippi Burning (1988) See more »


Treat Her Right
Written by Gene Kurtz and Roy Head
Performed by Robert Arkins, with Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher and Andrew Strong
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Fun loving and full of life
18 August 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) is a small time hustler selling pirated tapes and T-shirts. Outspan Foster (Glen Hansard) and Derek Scully (Ken McCluskey) ask Jimmy to manage their wedding band. Jimmy declares that they need to be a hard working Soul band. He puts an ad in the papers and it's a parade of wrong music. His Elvis loving dad (Colm Meaney) doesn't get it. Sax playing Dean Fay (Félim Gormley) is the first brought into the band. Billy Mooney (Dick Massey) is the drummer. Jimmy gets Natalie Murphy (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Imelda Quirke (Angeline Ball) and Bernie McGloughlin (Bronagh Gallagher) as the backup singers. After watching a drunken Deco Cuffe (Andrew Strong) sing at the wedding, he gets him as the lead singer. Joey "The Lips" Fagan (Johnny Murphy) is the womanizing experienced trumpet player who comes up with their name "The Commitments". He hires the volatile Mickah Wallace (Dave Finnegan) as their security.

This is fun. It's great music. The cast is mostly musicians trying their hands at acting. Some of them would become quite interesting. It's based on the first of novelist Roddy Doyle's lower class Barrytown trilogy. It's heart warming and then sadly inevitable. The portrayal of the Irish lower class is one of loving profanity. The one word I would use is life. This movie is full of life. The movie could have ended with something predictable but this way it's poetry.

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