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The Commitments ()


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

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Jimmy Rabbitte
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Steven Clifford
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Imelda Quirke
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Natalie Murphy (as Maria Doyle)
Dave Finnegan ...
Mickah Wallace
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Bernie McGloughlin
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Dean Fay
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Outspan Foster
Dick Massey ...
Billy Mooney
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Joey 'The Lips' Fagan
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Derek Scully (as Kenneth McCluskey)
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Deco Cuffe
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Mr. Rabbitte
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Mrs. Rabbitte
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Sharon Rabbitte
Gerard Cassoni ...
Darren Rabbitte
Ruth Fairclough ...
Rabbitte Twin
Lindsay Fairclough ...
Rabbitte Twin
Michael O'Reilly ...
Greg
Liam Carney ...
Duffy
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Pawnbroker
Mark O'Regan ...
Father Molloy
Phelim Drew ...
Roddy the Reporter
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Dave from Eejit Records
Philip Bredin ...
Ray
Aoife Lawless ...
Imelda's Sister
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Kid with Harmonica
Conor Malone ...
Protest Song Singer
Jezz Bell ...
Heavy Metal Singer
Colm MacConiomare ...
Fiddler Auditioner (as Colm Mac Con Iomaire)
Emily Dawson ...
Punk Girl Singer
Dave Kane ...
Coconuts Trio
Kristel Harris ...
Coconuts Trio
Maria Place ...
Coconuts Trio
Brian MacAodha ...
Uileann Pipe Player (as Brian Mac Aodha)
Tricia Smith ...
Les Miserables Singer
Canice William ...
Smiths' Song Singer
Patrick Foy ...
Cajun Trio
Allan Murray ...
Cajun Trio (as Alan Murray)
Jody Campbell ...
Cajun Trio
Eanna MacLiam ...
Failed Drug Buyer (as Eanna Mac Liam)
Philomena Kavanagh ...
Rabbittes' Neighbor
Peter Rowen ...
Shy Skateboard Auditioner
Eamon O'Connor ...
Only De Lonely Singer
Maura O'Malley ...
Joey's Mother
Blaise Smith ...
Pool Hall Manager
Derek Herbert ...
Duffy's Sidekick
Owen O'Gorman ...
Duffy's Sidekick
Pat Leavy ...
Unemployment Official
John Cronin ...
Kid with Horse
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Bernie's Mother
Sheila Flitton ...
Church Cleaner
Michael Bolger ...
Community Centre Kid
Mick Nolan ...
Imelda's Father
Eileen Reid ...
Imelda's Mother
Bob Navan ...
Regency Pub Barman
Derek Duggan ...
Photographer
Paddy O'Connor ...
Rock Salmon Man
Jim Corr ...
Avant-Garde-A-Clue Band
Larry Hogan ...
Avant-Garde-A-Clue Band
Bernard Keelan ...
Avant-Garde-A-Clue Band
Ronan Hardiman ...
Dance Hall Manager
Mikel Murfi ...
Music Journalist
Josylen Lyons ...
Deco's Fan
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Man in Limousine
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Eejit Record Producer
Paul Bushnell ...
Avant-Garde-A-Clue Band / Eejit Engineer
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Caroline Corr ...
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Fiddle Player (uncredited)
Alan Howley ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Mark Leahy ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ralph G. Morse ...
Auditioning Guitarist (uncredited)
Sean O'Donovan ...
Auditioning Guitarist (uncredited)
Martin O'Malley ...
Young Priest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alan Parker

Written by

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Roddy Doyle ... (novel)
 
Dick Clement ... (screenplay) &
Ian La Frenais ... (screenplay) and
Roddy Doyle ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Marc Abraham ... co-producer
Armyan Bernstein ... executive producer
Dick Clement ... co-producer
Souter Harris ... executive producer
Ian La Frenais ... co-producer
Lynda Myles ... producer
Roger Randall-Cutler ... producer
Tom Rosenberg ... executive producer
David Wimbury ... line producer

Music by

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Wilson Pickett

Cinematography by

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Gale Tattersall

Film Editing by

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Gerry Hambling

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Dale Caldwell ... color timer
Carolyne Chauncey ... first assistant editor
James Cozza ... second assistant editor
Dermot Diskin ... second assistant editor
Al Hansen ... lab post-production coordinator
Isobel Stephenson ... second assistant editor

Casting By

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John Hubbard
Ros Hubbard

Production Design by

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Brian Morris

Art Direction by

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Arden Gantly
Mark Geraghty

Set Decoration by

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Karen Brookes

Costume Design by

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Penny Rose

Makeup Department

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Carole Dunne ... hair stylist
Peter Frampton ... makeup supervisor
Aaron Glynn ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Laurie Borg ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paul Barnes ... third assistant director
Brendan Geraghty ... daily third assistant director
Cliff Lanning ... third assistant director
Adam Lee ... trainee assistant director
Belinda McCullagh ... trainee assistant director
Gerry Toomey ... second assistant director
Mickey Walsh ... co-second assistant director (as Mick Walsh)
Bill Westley ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Tommy Allen ... property master
Tommy Bassett ... construction manager
Paul Fleming ... stand-by painter
Linda Hederman ... art department assistant
Pascal Jones ... stand-by rigger
Jimmy Kavanagh ... drapes
John Lamon ... master carpenter
Nuala McKernan ... stand-by prop
Owen Monaghan ... set dresser
Vivion O'Brien ... stand-by carpenter
Eamonn O'Higgins ... dressing props master
Jimmy O'Meara ... stand-by stagehand (as James O'Meara)
Ronnie Skinner ... property buyer
Derek Wallace ... chargehand prop

Sound Department

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Robbie Adams ... assistant sound engineer
Jack Armstrong ... boom operator
Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Allan Brereton ... boom operator
Clayton Collins ... sound editor
Terry Cromer ... multi-track crew
Julian Douglas ... multi-track crew
Leonard Green ... assistant sound editor
Eddy Joseph ... supervising sound editor
Tim Martin ... set recording engineer
Chuck Michael ... foley editor
Nash Michael ... assistant sound editor
Andy Nelson ... re-recording mixer
Joe O'Herlihy ... sound consultant
Steve Pederson ... re-recording mixer
Tom Perry ... re-recording mixer
Jim Phelan ... multi-track crew
Troy Porter ... foley mixer
Ted Swanscott ... adr recordist
Clive Winter ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

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Maurice Foley ... special effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Edward J. Adcock ... second camera operator
David Appleby ... still photographer
Ciarán Barry ... camera trainee
Peter Bloor ... gaffer
Donal Caulfield ... camera trainee
Con Dempsey ... chargehand electrician
Brendan Galvin ... clapper loader
Jim Jolliffe ... camera trainee
Eddie Knight ... best boy
John Maguire ... camera trainee
Michael McGrath ... still photographer
Alan McPherson ... best boy
Stewart Monteith ... rigging gaffer
John Murphy ... grip
Eamonn O'Keeffe ... focus puller
Mike Roberts ... camera operator (as Michael Roberts)

Casting Department

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Rachel Fallon ... casting assistant
Jessica Felton ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Maeve Paterson ... wardrobe mistress
Ann Stokes ... wardrobe assistant
Ian Weatherly ... wardrobe assistant (as Ian Weatherley)
Janty Yates ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Hugh Linehan ... location assistant
Martin O'Malley ... location manager
Robert Walpole ... location assistant

Music Department

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Conor Brady ... musician
Fran Breehan ... musician
Paul Bushnell ... music arranger
Ronan Dooney ... musician
Eamonn Flynn ... musician
Barbara Galawan ... music liaison: Dublin (as Barbara Galavan)
Carl Geraghty ... musician
John Hughes ... music coordinator
Kevin Killen ... music mixer
G. Marq Roswell ... music supervisor (as G. Mark Roswell)
Niamh Kavanagh ... vocal (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Libbie Barr ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Dan Breen ... action vehicles

Other crew

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Cate Arbeid ... production coordinator
Allen Burry ... publicist
Valerie Craig ... production coordinator
Amy Hubbard ... production assistant
Patrick Isherwood ... production accountant
Lisa Moran ... assistant: Alan Parker
Tara Mullen ... production assistant
Sarah Nichols ... assistant accountant (as Sarah Lucraft)
Anneliese O'Callaghan ... production assistant
Reuben Seid ... production assistant
Libby Shearon ... publicist
Sophie Thornley ... assistant to producers
Robin Demetriou ... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Mary Montiforte ... production accountant (uncredited)
Sam Montiforte ... post-production accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Mavis Ascott ... thanks (as Mavis Ascot)
Thomas A. Bliss ... thanks (as Tom Bliss)
Lisa Clarkson ... thanks
Liz Gordon ... thanks
Frances Kapelle ... thanks
Paul McGuinness ... thanks
Sona Partayan ... thanks (as Sona Gourgouris) / thanks
Ronnie Pearce ... thanks
Rob Strong ... thanks
Jonathan Weisgal ... special thanks
Violet Williams ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines They Had Absolutely Nothing. But They Were Willing To Risk It All. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les Commitments (France)
  • Die Commitments (Germany)
  • Los Commitments (Spain)
  • Os Commitments (Portugal)
  • The Commitments - Oi rokades tou Douvlinou (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The kid on the skateboard who appears outside Robert Arkins' (Jimmy's) window during the first third of the movie when the band are recruiting members is the (now grown up) boy from the covers of U2's "Boy" (1980) and "War" (1983) albums. At the time The Commitments (1991) was filmed, he owned a skate shop in Dublin and was a champion skateboarder. See more »
Goofs When "The Commitments" play in their last gig, there is a big brass accompaniment. They are supposed just two. It's best heard during "In the Midnight Hour": there's a tenor saxophone from nowhere playing. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Commitments: Try a Little Tenderness (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Mustang Sally See more »
Quotes Jimmy Rabbitte: Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud.
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