- Status: Released
- Movie Tagline: They had nothing to lose, they risked it all.
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
- Release Date: 1991-08-14
- Runtime: 118.0 min
- Budget: $12.0 million
- Revenue: $14.9 million
- Production Companies: Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, First Film Company, Dirty Hands Productions
Cast & Crew
Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Glen Hansard, Félim Gormley, Johnny Murphy, Dick Massey, Andrew Strong, Ken McCluskey, Colm Meaney, Anne Kent, Andrea Corr, Gerard Cassoni, Ruth Fairclough, Lindsay Fairclough, Ger Ryan, Liam Carney, Michael O’Reilly, Mark O’Regan, Phelim Drew, Sean Hughes, Philip Bredin, Aoife Lawless, Lance Daly, Conor Malone, Jezz Bell, Colm MacConiomare, Emily Dawson, Dave Kane, Kristel Harris, Maria Place, Brian MacAodha, Tricia Smith, Canice William, Patrick Foy, Jody Campbell, Allan Murray, Eanna MacLiam, Philomena Kavanagh, Peter Rowen, Eamonn O’Conner, Maura O’Malley, Blaise Smith, Derek Herbert, Owen O’Gorman, Pat Leavy, John Cronin, Rynagh O’Grady, Sheila Flitton, Michael Bolger, Mick Nolan, Eileen Reid, Bob Navan, Derek Duggan, Paddy O’Connor, Jim Corr, Larry Hogan, Bernard Keelan, Ronan Hardiman, Mikel Murfi, Josylen Lyons, Winston Dennis, Alan Parker, Paul Bushnell, Sharon Corr, Caroline Corr
Synopsis – What to Expect from “The Commitments”
The Commitments is a 1991 Irish musical comedy-drama film about a group of unemployed young people in the Northside of Dublin who form a soul band. The band is led by Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), a music-loving 19-year-old who assembles the group from his friends and acquaintances.
The film follows the group as they struggle to make a name for themselves in the Dublin music scene, despite limited resources and a lack of experience. Along the way, they must contend with internal conflicts, family responsibilities, and the harsh realities of life in a poor, working-class neighborhood.
The band members include Jimmy’s brother, Outspan (Glen Hansard); his best friend Derek Scully (Johnny Murphy); the talented but troubled singer Deco (Andrew Strong); a variety of other musicians; and a trio of female backup singers, the “Commitmentettes.”
The group practices and performs in a variety of venues, from a pub to a wedding reception to a nightclub. However, they face a number of obstacles, including financial difficulties, the disapproval of their families, and the machinations of a shady music promoter.
The film culminates in a triumphant performance at a major music festival, where the band finally achieves the recognition they have been striving for. Along the way, the group learns important lessons about friendship, loyalty, and the power of music.
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