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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.

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

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

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
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The Commitments perform in the music video "Mustang Sally" from the original motion picture soundtrack for the film The Commitments (1991) recorded for MCA Records. The music video features... See full summary »

Stars: The Commitments, Robert Arkins

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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 nothing to lose, they risked it all. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Alan Parker said that the reason he chose this project was because it combined two elements that make him the most comfortable: staging musical scenes and working with young people. See more »

Goofs

As Andrew Strong is about to go into the main Chorus towards the end of "Try A Little Tenderness", when the drums kick in, the piano player goes for a strike down the keys, but in the next shot he's playing it normally. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: Is this the band then? Betcha U2 are shittin' themselves.
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Connections

Referenced in Spin City: The Commitments (2000) 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 Watcher-37See 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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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

13 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$271,333, 18 August 1991

Gross USA:

$14,919,570

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,919,570
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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