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The Commitments Trailer


The Commitments was released 25 years ago and to celebrate the cult release, a special edition DVD and Blu-ray is now being released.

Jimmy Rabbitte is a Dubliner who's always had a dream to start a band and make it big. Deciding to act on his dreams, Jimmy puts out an ad for musicians in the area looking to share in his idea. After many unsuccessful auditions, Jimmy is tired out for watching terrible wannabe musicians and decides that he's going to start a band with his friends, whilst he acts as their manager.

He recruits a number of people, Deco Cuffe who has the perfect voice to front a soul band; Outspan Foster to play guitar; Steven Clifford to play the piano; Dean Fay to play the saxophone; bassist Derek Scully, drummer Billy Mooney, and three backup singers who are all girls: Bernie McGloughlin, Natalie Murphy and Imelda Quirke. The lineup is finally complete when they meet Joey 'The Lips' Fagan who might be much older than the other guys in the band but he plays the trumpet and has a years of experience playing with some of the people Jimmy most looks up to.

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Andrew Strong Thursday 10th November 2011 The original cast members of 'The Commitments' outside The Olympia stage door after their reunion concert Dublin, Ireland

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Andrew Strong Wednesday 9th March 2011 Ray Darcy broadcasts his radio show from Liberty Hall with members from 'The Commitments' film Dublin, Ireland

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Andrew Strong Friday 4th March 2011 The original cast members of the hit 1991 Irish film 'The Commitments' reunite at The Late Late Show and other guests at RTE Studios Dublin, Ireland

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Bronagh Gallagher, Andrew Strong, Angeline Ball and Glen Hansard
Bronagh Gallagher, Andrew Strong, Angeline Ball and Glen Hansard

Andrew Strong, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Commitments and Glen Hansard - Andrew Strong (Deco Cuffe) Dublin, Ireland - The original cast members of the hit 1991 Irish film 'The Commitments' (Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Felim Gormley, Glen Hansard, Dick Massey, Ken McCluskey, Andrew Strong) gather at Liberty Hall to announce a string of 20th Anniversary Reunion Concerts. Wednesday 6th October 2010

Andrew Strong, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Commitments and Glen Hansard
Andrew Strong, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Commitments and Glen Hansard
Andrew Strong, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Commitments and Glen Hansard

The Commitments Review


Very Good
Released in 1991, The Commitments was Alan Parker's third film about pop music. His first, Fame, was a frothy coming-of-age-musical that made the most of its youthful enthusiasm despite a disease-of-the-week-style script. The second, Pink Floyd: The Wall, was a depressive, insular, and angular pastiche of moody myth-making that was interesting mainly for people who fried their brains listening to "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" a hundred times too often. The Commitments sits somewhere in the middle: An engaging, open-hearted entertainment that pulls off two neat tricks. First, it's one of the few movies about rock-pop-soul music that seems to have the right idea about why and how bands come together, with some fine performances from rank amateurs. But more impressively, it finds some great humor in a setting that's defined by grinding poverty.

The setting is North Dublin, where Jimmy Rabbite (Robert Arkins) is trying to simultaneously shrug off his parents' bad taste and the dole-driven life that surrounds him. Jimmy carries a deep and abiding love for soul music of the pre-Motown era - Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, and so on - though he understandably has a hard time convincing his friends and family that soul isn't an exclusively black music. In a video store, Jimmy plays old-school soul tapes to the unbelievers before uttering the film's funniest and most poignant line: "The Irish are the blacks of Europe. Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. North Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin."

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