The Commitments

The Commitments

Alan Parker (1991)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The soundtrack album from this musical drama sold like hot cakes, it walked away with Bafta awards for best film, best direction and best adapted screenplay, and it should have made bigger stars of several of its cast than has actually been the case. It was also Alan Parker's first feature on this side of the Atlantic since Pink Floyd - the Wall nearly a decade earlier and it brought the work of future Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle to the attention of the chattering classes. Laced with Irish charm and blessed with some superb music sung with passion by Andrew Strong, Bronagh Gallagher, Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle, it's very funny, especially during the band auditions held by the excellent Robert Arkins.


A would-be music producer from Dublin believes he can make it big in Ireland by promoting a top-rate soul band, so he trawls a working-class neighbourhood and auditions unlikely singers and musicians to put together as a group. Alan Parker's urban comedy, based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, starring Robert Arkins, Andrew Strong, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Cast & Crew

Jimmy Rabbitte Robert Arkins
Steven Clifford Michael Aherne
Imelda Quirke Angeline Ball
Natalie Murphy Maria Doyle Kennedy
Mickah Wallace Dave Finnegan
Bernie McGloughlin Bronagh Gallagher
Dean Fay Felim Gormley
Outspan Foster Glen Hansard
Billy Mooney Dick Massey
Joey "The Lips" Fagan Johnny Murphy
Derek Scully Kenneth McCluskey
Deco Cuffe Andrew Strong
Eejit record producer Alan Parker
Mr Rabbitte Colm Meaney
Director Alan Parker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video and DVD