• The Commitments (1991)

The Commitments

Release Date: August 7th, 1991

DVD Release Date: January 1st, 1991

R |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), a self-proclaimed promoter, decides to organize an R&B group to fill the musical void in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The band comes together but ends up consisting entirely of white musicians who have little experience with the genre. Even though their raw talent and lofty aspirations gain the group notoriety, the pitfalls of fame began to tear at their newfound friendships as they prepare for their big show. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle.

Cast: Robert Arkins, Johnny Murphy, Angeline Ball, Michael Aherne, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Félim Gormley

Director: Alan Parker

Genres: Comedy drama , Music

Production Co: Beacon Communications, Dirty Hands Productions

Keywords: Transformation, Pursuit, Lighthearted, Amusing, Friendship, Rise, Moving, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    It's modest - but within its own framework, tough to beat. [14 Aug 1991, p.4D]

  • 88
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Partly a scintillating performance documentary, partly a comic romp through a rough-and-tumble culture, The Commitments has the charismatic energy of the music it salutes - this is blues that cheers you up, soul with a whole lot of heart. [16 Aug 1991]

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    Cross Fame and Spinal Tap, color it Irish, and you've got The Commitments, the summer's most irresistible movie. [30 Aug 1991, p.79]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical