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The Commitments.

The Commitments

1991 British comedy film about a Dublin soul band. Stars Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan and others.

The Commitments. Image shows from L to R: Dean Fay (Félim Gormley), Bernie McGloughlin (Bronagh Gallagher), Joey

The Commitments

Comedy drama about a group of working class Dubliners establishing a soul band

Genre
Film
Released
1991
Creator
Roddy Doyle
Starring
Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Félim Gormley, Glen Hansard and others
Writers
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Roddy Doyle
Director
Alan Parker
Producers
Roger Randall-Cutler, Lynda Myles, Armyan Bernstein, Tom Rosenberg, Souter Harris, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Marc Abraham

Northern Dubliner Jimmy Rabbitte dreams of being the world's foremost music impressario, managing an internationally successful band who'd make The Beatles look like also-rans. Amidst the poverty, dereliction, worklessness and deprivation of late-1980s Dublin Jimmy begins to put his dream into action, advertising in the local newspaper for people to audition to join the band he hopes to take to stardom.

After a seemingly endless stream of no-hopers and chancers pass by his parents' front door, he finally assembles a group of fellow North-Siders who he thinks he can shape into something successful. Introducing the group to the rich world of soul music, he dubs them The Commitments.

Getting to grips with their new instruments is one thing, but getting to grips with each other is quite another. Lead vocalist Deco proves particularly grating to the others, and the group's female vocal trio - nicknamed the Commitmentettes - take great exception to his brash, slobbish, uncouth manner. But that voice: when he begins to sing, the group has no doubt he's an astonishing talent.

Unemployed and struggling to find paying gigs as a band, tensions continue running high amongst Jimmy and his protégés, and between Jimmy and the local wide-boy who sourced their equipment with a promise of payment once they began earning. Trumpeter and established musician Joey 'The Lips' seems to offer his fellow band-mates hope in the form of a jam with soul legend Wilson Pickett, in the city for a series of gigs, but are his stories of past success in the States just daydreams?

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