Robert Arkins, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Commitments and Glen Hansard - Robert Arkins (Jimmy Rabbitte) 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
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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