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The Commitments


Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy View All


Alan Parker (Director), Dick Clement (Screenplay), Ian La Frenais (Screenplay), Roddy Doyle (Screenplay) View All

Release: Aug. 14th, 1991
Runtime: 1 hour, 58 minutes
Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his back yard, a lead singer (Deco) at a wedding, and, responding to his ad, an aging trumpet player, Joey "The Lips" Fagan.
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It's like there's a great idea here, but not much story or character development, so in lieu of that the film makers have the band members fighting, and fighting...and bickering and screaming at each other.
As an outsider looking in on this story, we think our chains are being yanked when Jimmy's vision is presented, but we realize he is dead serious when we see him sit some of the band members down and have them watch a video of James Brown and when we see the confused looks on the band members' faces....