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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

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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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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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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,919,570
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Trivia

Jimmy is waiting out front Gallagher's club (waiting for Wilson Pickett). Spray painted graffiti on the wall behind him is "killing joke". Although this may be familiar to UK viewers, it's not so well known in the US - Killing Joke is a UK-based punk band, who were popular in the LA punk scene in the mid-1980's. See more »

Goofs

When we first see the band take off in the Mr. Chippy van, we see them go around a corner and off into the distance. The sign on the building at the corner is Bo Dollerns pub. Next, we have the flatulence scene in the van, then we're on the sidewalk as the van stops and the window is thrown open. What building do you see over the shoulder of "rock salmon" man? You guessed it -- Bo Dollern's pub -- guess the band's driving in circles. See more »

Quotes

Heavy Metal Singer: [at Jimmy's door, stating his musical influences] Wings...
Heavy Metal Singer: [Jimmy slams the door on him] Bachman-Turner Overdrive?
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Connections

Followed by Screen Two: The Snapper (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Absolutely great movie
14 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

I love this film. Everything about it might seem like it is just another cliche ridden story about the rise and fall of a band, but this movie is totally different somehow. It rises above anything previous in its genre. The characters are all both interesting, and their personality flaws are used to greatly illustrate the ending of the movie. The writing was superb, and acting from a cast of mostly unknowns top notch. The musical sequences were great, and served as an introduction for me to the songs and artists that they covered. Colm Meaney was hilarious as the very skeptical father of Jimmy.


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