7.6/10
28,517
112 user 64 critic

The Commitments (1991)

Trailer
1:58 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
4,453 ( 467)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
Dave Finnegan ...
...
...
...
Dick Massey ...
...
...
Derek Scully (as Kenneth McCluskey)
...
...
...
Mrs. Rabbitte
...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la fama  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,919,570
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The only song in the movie that did not make it onto any soundtrack album is Dreams To Remember, briefly in the background about the "Bob Geldoff" scene. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy's dad tells him that Elvis is God, Jimmy said he never pictured God with a fat gut singing "My Way" at Caesar's Palace. Elvis actually performed at The Frontier and Las Vegas Hilton, but never Caesar's Palace. See more »

Quotes

Billy: And you... George Michael... you ever call me a fuckin' eejit again, you'll go home with the drumsticks stuck up your hole... the one you don't sing out of.
Deco: That'll be the day.
Billy: I'm tellin' ya it's coming, so keep your Vaseline handy.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Irish Jam (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Baby
Written by Mary Wells
Performed by Maria Doyle Kennedy, with Angeline Ball and Bronagh Gallagher
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
committed to greatness
14 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

In what may have been Alan Parker's (happy birthday, Alan!) best movie ever, a gaggle of working-class youths in Dublin decide to form a soul band. It's hard for say which is the movie's best aspect: the look at working-class life in Ireland, or the soundtrack. You feel a little depressed seeing people's lives - as expected, families have more children than anyone cares to count - but also feel like jumping up and dancing as they play their music.

Anyway, "The Commitments" is a really great little movie. The great soundtrack, fascinating characters, and other things combine to create something that everyone should see. I guess that any Roddy Doyle novel adapted into a movie starring Colm Meaney is sure to come out masterful (the others were "The Snapper" and "The Van").


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 112 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page