The CommitmentsDirector: Alan Parker
"The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland, and the North Siders are the blacks of Dublin ... so say it loud -- I'm black and I'm proud!" Or so Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) tells his slightly puzzled friends as he tries to assemble a rhythm & blues show band in a working class community in Dublin in Alan Parker's film The Commitments. Jimmy is a would-be music business wheeler and dealer, and he's decided what Dublin needs is a top-shelf soul band. However, top-shelf soul musicians are hard to find in Dublin, so he has to make do with what he can find. However, after a long round of auditions, Jimmy makes two inspired discoveries: Deco (Andrew Strong), an abrasive and alcoholic streetcar conductor who nevertheless has a voice like the risen ghost of Otis Redding, and Joey "The Lips" Fagan (Johnny Murphy), a horn player who knows soul music backwards and forwards and claims to have played with everyone from Wilson Pickett to Elvis Presley. Before long, the band -- called the Commitments -- is packing them in at local clubs. But do they have what it takes to make the big time? Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, who also co-wrote the screenplay, The Commitments is sparked by fine performances by its young cast and enthusiastic performances of a number of '60s soul classics; the cast, who play their own instruments, reassembled the band for a concert tour after the film became a hit.
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- 20th Century Fox
- Region Code:
- [Full Frame]
- [Dolby Digital]
Cast & Crew
|Robert Arkins||Jimmy Rabbitte|
|Michael Aherne||Steven Clifford|
|Angeline Ball||Imelda Quirke|
|Maria Doyle Kennedy||Natalie Murphy|
|Dave Finnegan||Mickah Wallace|
|Johnny Murphy||Joey "The Lips" Fagan|
|Andrew Strong||Deco Cuffe|
|Bronagh Gallagher||Bernie McGloughlin|
|Felim Gormley||Dean Fay|
|Glen Hansard||Outspan Foster|
|Kenneth McCluskey||Derek Scully|
|Colm Meaney||Mr. Rabbitte|
|Sheila Flitton||Church Cleaner|
|Colm Mac Con Iomaire||Fiddler Auditioner|
|Dick Massey||Billy Mooney|
|Anne Kent||Mrs. Rabbitte|
|Andrea Corr||Sharon Rabbitte|
|Gerard Cassoni||Darren Rabbitte|
|Ruth Fairclough||Linda Rabbitte|
|Lindsay Fairclough||Tracey Rabbitte|
|Mark O'Regan||Father Molloy|
|Phelim Drew||Roddy the Reporter|
|Sean Hughes||Dave from Eejit Records|
|Aoife Lawless||Imelda's Sister|
|Lance Daly||Kid with Harmonica|
|Conor Malone||Protest Song Singer|
|Jezz Bell||Heavy Metal Singer|
|Emily Dawson||Punk Girl Singer|
|Dave Kane||Coconuts Trio Member|
|Kristel Harris||Coconuts Trio Member|
|Maria Place||Coconuts Trio Member|
|Brian Mac Aodha||Uileann Pipe Player|
|Tricia Smith||Les Miserables Singer|
|Canice William||Smiths' Song Singer|
|Patrick Foy||Cajun Trio Member|
|Alan Murray||Cajun Trio Member|
|Jody Campbell||Cajun Trio Member|
|Eanna Mac Liam||Failed Drug Buyer|
|Philomena Kavanagh||Rabbitte's 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|
|Rynagh O'Grady||Bernie's Mother|
|Michael Bolger||Community Center Kid|
|Mick Nolan||Imelda's Father|
|Eileen Reid||Imelda's Mother|
|Bob Navan||Regency Pub Barman|
|Paddy O'Connor||Rock Salmon Man|
|Paul Bushnell||Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member|
|Jim Corr||Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member|
|Larry Hogan||Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member|
|Bernard Keelan||Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member|
|Ronan Hardiman||Dance Hall Manager|
|Mikel Murfi||Music Journalist|
|Josylen Lyons||Deco's Fan|
|Winston Dennis||Man in Limousine|
|Alan Parker||Eejit Record Producer|
|Armyan Bernstein||Executive Producer|
|Laurie Borg||Production Manager|
|Karen Brookes||Set Decoration/Design|
|Paul Bushnell||Score Composer|
|Arden Gantly||Art Director|
|Mark Geraghty||Art Director|
|Souter Harris||Executive Producer|
|Ian La Frenais||Co-producer,Screenwriter|
|Brian Morris||Production Designer|
|Michael Roberts||Camera Operator|
|Penny Rose||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tom Rosenberg||Executive Producer|
|G. Marq Roswell||Musical Direction/Supervision|
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles.
2. How It All Began.
3. Dublin Soul.
4. Answering the Ad.
5. Getting Some Singers.
6. Studying the Expert.
7. A Godsend.
8. The Commitment-ettes.
9. Eat, Sleep and Breathe Soul.
10. First Rehearsal.
11. An Unemployed Musician.
12. The Go-Ahead.
13. Too Many Fish In The Sea.
15. Ladies and Gentlemen...The Commitments.
16. Bye Bye Baby.
17. Show Me; A Shocking Experience.
18. It's Alive!
19. A Prior Commitment.
20. Talkin' Elvis.
22. Take Me To The River.
23. The Dark End of the Street.
24. Billy Quits.
25. The Mister Chippy Van.
26. Hard To Handle.
27. Chain Of Fools; Collection Agents.
28. A Celebrity Jam?
29. Mustang Sally.
30. I Never Loved A Man.
31. Try A Little Tenderness.
32. In The Midnight Hour.
33. No Problems with the Band.
34. Where Are They Now?
35. End Titles.
English Dolby Surround
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Treat Her Right
Chain of Fools
I Never Loved a Man
In the Midnight Hour
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this was a great movie! a barrell of laughs. the music is great, bringing back soul from aretha to wilson! i recommend it to anyone whose irish or ever wanted to be!
The dry humor and subtle sight gags are enough to blow away the gloom and grit of of urban Ireland, the amazing music of the best wanna be R& B band yet is inspiring.
And really wish they were still together.