The Commitments

The Commitments

Streaming Video - 2014
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In the Northside of Dublin, Jimmy Rabbitte aspires to manage the world's greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. By advertising for applicants in a newspaper and asking around to promising acquaintances, Jimmy holds auditions at his parents' home and assembles a band together. Unlike his idols, Jimmy's band is white. With the help of Joey "The Lips" Fagan, a veteran musician who answers the ad and joins the band and who has unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous musicians, Jimmy begins to whip the members into shape - gradually coming together beautifully onstage, only to have the group fall apart in a clash of egos.


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Aug 20, 2018

Captures Dublin well in the throes of the grittier '70s.
But most amazing is to see Glen Hansard who would gain fame after the movie playing with the Frames and then starring in the 2007 movie Once - also filmed in Dublin, also about music and semi-autobiographical for Hansard. He's the skinny redhead playing guitar.

chestnut67 May 15, 2018

tell me why???? this library doesn't have the dvd of this movie. This library has so little

Feb 16, 2017

I really enjoyed this movie 25 years ago when I first saw it. Just watched it again and it holds up quite well. It's neat watching the band improving their musical chops as their personalities clash and the band chemistry goes in the tank.

The center of attention here is the lead singer Deco (Andrew Strong) who is a truly gifted soul singer with the prickly personality of Ty Cobb. When I first saw this movie, I thought Strong would find fame as a white soul singer, but it turns out he was the same obnoxious jerk in real life as the role he played in The Commitments. Too bad, the movie featured excellent music and quirky humor.

Dec 27, 2016

Boring crap!

Jun 29, 2015

Yes, like American Idol, only more group-oriented. I'm sure the actors/real people in this movie dreamt of being stars too, but the narcissism isn't half as lunging.
Clever too: make a movie about underdogs trying to start a band, with real underdogs trying to make a successful movie.
Whatever: the point is that this is a boatload of fun!

Jun 15, 2014

Great story, believable characters well acted, infused with good music. And laugh out loud funny to boot - there is something about the comic timing that is especially good in this film. I don't think you can ask for much in a movie, and I enjoyed it immensely. You won't get lush Irish landscapes, as the movie is shot in a gritty, urban setting (Dublin) that remains true to the original story, but that's partly what makes the movie so appealing. The extra features are worth a look, too, as there you will learn about how the actors were chosen from the local populace, many of whom had never acted before. All in all, a very well done film!

nsea2 Jun 09, 2011

Before American Idol, there was "The Commitments". This film is "feckin'" funny!


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