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The Commitments

    • Director

      Alan Parker

    • Credits

      Producers: Lynda Myles, Roger Randall-Cutler. Writers: Roddy Doyle, Dick Clement, Ian La Franais

    • Principal Cast

      Robert Arkins, Angeline Ball, Colm Meaney, Andrew Strong, Glen Hansard, Johnny Murphy

  • Category


Voted the best Irish film ever made in a poll sponsored by Jameson Whiskey in 2005, The Commitment’s charts the unlikely journey of Dublin soul band ‘The Commitments’. Ambitious Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) takes control of his friend’s struggling wedding band and transforms them into ten-piece soul group ‘The Commitments’, recruiting new members from around his working-class community. From these humble beginnings the band achieves fame in Dublin until tensions and inflating egos threaten to scupper their chance at success. Based on the novel from Booker-prize winning author Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Barrytown Trilogy’, The Commitments mixes professional actors and musicians, including ‘The Frames’ Glen Hansard, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and the rousing vocals of Andrew Strong, putting the band’s performances at the heart of the plot. With a shrewd eye for the real attitudes of working class Dublin, The Commitments tells an often comic drama about people struggling to make their way in the world.

Best Film Award at the 45th BAFTA Awards 1992
Best Adapted Screenplay Award at the 45th BAFTA Awards 1992.
Best Direction Award at the 45th BAFTA Awards 1992.
Best Editing Award at the 45th BAFTA Awards 1992.

118 minutes, Ireland/United Kingdom/United States, 1991, Colour

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