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Quotes from the Film:

Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: "Is this the band then? Betcha U2 are shittin' themselves"

Jimmy: "Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud".

Jimmy: What do you call yourselves?

Derek: "And And And."

Jimmy: "And And fuckin' And?"

Derek: Well, Ray's thinking of putting an exclamation mark after the second "and." Says it'd look deadly on the posters.

Jimmy: Psshh...

Outspan: You don't like it? You think it should go at the end?

Jimmy: I think it should go up his arse.

Outspan: Well, we're not married to it.

Billy: And you... George Michael... you ever call me a fuckin' eejit again, you'll go home with the drumsticks stuck up your hole... the one you don't sing out of.

Deco: That'll be the day.

Billy: I'm tellin' ya it's coming, so keep your Vaseline handy.

Joey: Look, I know you're hurtin' now, but in time you'll realize what you've achieved.

Jimmy: I've achieved nothing!

Joey: You're missin' the point. The success of the band was irrelevant - you raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons. Sure we could have been famous and made albums and stuff, but that would have been predictable. This way it's poetry.

Jimmy: What do you play?

Failed Drug Buyer: I used to play football in school.

Jimmy: I mean, what instrument?

Failed Drug Buyer: I don't.

Jimmy: What are you doing here, then?

Failed Drug Buyer: Well, I saw everyone else lining up, so, uh - I thought you were selling drugs

The tour van
Rock Salmon Man: Excuse me, would you have any Rock Salmon?

Dean Fay: No, I'm sorry - we only have "Soul"!





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Original Auditions Poster
The original auditions poster

Have You Got Soul?

Have you got soul?

Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, originally a schoolteacher in deprived North Dublin, The Commitments is something of a rags-to-riches story that sees the group fall just short of stardom - mainly due to inter-band bickering - but offers them a glimpse of hope.
It is through the wily leadership of ambitious manager Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) that the band comes together, and his influence directs the Commitments' soul sound. It seems a perplexing choice - how can a bunch of white, North Dublin teenagers identify with a predominantly African-American style of music? But Jimmy's logic is persuasive: "The Irish are the blacks of Europe. Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. North Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin."
Themes of class and dreams of escape from poverty run through the film. On the council estate on which Jimmy lives, kids watch tires burn, derelict cars litter the street, dogs run wild and the desolate unemployed struggle to fill their days.
The band offers its members a taste of camaraderie (however brief) and, perhaps for the first time, a sense of purpose. As Bernie (Bronagh Gallagher) protests when Jimmy threatens her with expulsion from the band: "I need something to look forward to."


Movie Still - Outspan, Derek and Jimmy
Jimmy discusses his new band proposal with Outspan and Derek
Movie Still - band rehearsals
Time for rehearsals

Band Member Cast (in alphabetical order):
Michael Aherne (Steven Clifford - keyboards); Robert Arkins (Jimmy Rabbitte - manager); Angeline Ball (Imelda Quirke - vocals); Maria Doyle (Natalie Murphy - vocals); Dave Finnegan (Mickah Wallace - body guard and drummer); Bronagh Gallagher (Bernie McGloughlin- vocals); Felim Gormley (Dean Fay - saxophone); Glen Hansard (Outspan Foster - guitar); Dick Massey (Billy Mooney - drums); Kenneth McCluskey (Derek Scully - bass); Johnny Murphy (Joey 'The Lips' Fagan - trumpet); Andrew Strong (Deco Cuffe - vocals)

Other Cast Members :
Colm Meaney (Mr Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr); Anne Kent (Mrs Rabbitte); Andrea Corr (Sharon Rabbitte); Gerard Cassoni (Darren Rabbitte); Lindsey Fairclough (Rabbitte Twin); Ruth Fairclough (Rabbitte Twin); Phelim Drew (Robbie Craig - The Reporter); Alan Parker (Eejit Record Producer)


Billy and tux
Billy's dress sense leaves a little to be desired
Deco and Billy
Deco and Billy don't quite hit it off

The Commitments Special EditionCollectors Edition DVD
The film and DVD has been seen by an estimated 1000 million people world wide.
A 2-Disc Collectors Edition DVD was released in 2005 and has extra footage and interviews of the band as they are today. Also for the first time on DVD, a 5.1 surround sound has been added to enhance the Commitments experience. There's also a music video for "Treat Her Right" featuring Robert Arkins on lead vocal.
With over 4 hours of bonus material this is a must have for any fan of The Commitments. More details of the Special Edition DVD can be found at the 20th Century Fox website


Movie Still - Billy Mooney (Dick Massey)
Dick Massey as Billy "The Animal" Mooney
Movie Still - Derek Scully (Kenneth McCluskey)
Kenneth McCluskey as Derek "Meatman" Scully

In casting the band at the centre of what was his fourth musical, director Alan Parker auditioned over 3,000 musicians, picking the top 12. It's the old manufactured pop band trick, but Parker also manufactured his cast - 10 of the main players had no previous acting experience.


Movie Still - Derek, Dean, Joey and Jimmy
Jimmy Rabbitte runs through arrangements with the brassers
Movie Still - Natalie, Billy, Imelda and Bernie
Coffee time for the girls and Billy

The Corrs, the highly successful Irish band, got their start by auditioning for the film, and they each won small roles. Andrea Corr (lead vocals & tin whistle) plays Jimmy's little sister Sharon. Jim Corr (guitar) is part of the Avant-Garde-A-Clue Band. Caroline Corr (drums) appears in the audience during the performance of "I Never Loved A Man". Finally, Sharon Corr (violin) can be seen playing violin with the country & western band that Bernie joins at the end of the film. John Hughes, the film's musical coordinator, became the band's manager. Director Alan Parker later asked Andrea to appear in the film/musical Evita (1996).


Movie Still: Steven and Jimmy
Steven Clifford and Jimmy discuss a "Whiter Shade Of Pale"

Movie Still: Puke time for Derek Scully
First gig and Derek Scully gets stage nerves. Time to puke!

The kid on the skateboard who appears outside Robert Arkins' (Jimmy's) window during the first third of the movie when the band are recruiting members is the (now grown up) boy from the covers of U2's "Boy" (1980) and "War" (1983) albums. At the time The Commitments was filmed, he owned a skate shop in Dublin and was a champion skateboarder.


Movie Still: Electrifying
Derek gets a nasty shock!
Movie Still: Derek survives to play another day
Derek gets wheeled out of hospital


BAFTA (1992):
Winner of Best Director; Best Film; Best Editing; Best Screen Play - Adapted.
Nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role (Andrew Strong) and Best Sound.

Academy Awards (1992):
Nominated for Best Editing

Brit Awards (1992):
Winner of Best Soundtrack

Evening Standard British Film Awards (1992):
Winner of the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy

Golden Globe Awards (1992):
Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

London Critics Film Awards (1992):
Winner ALFS Award for Best Director (Alan Parker);
British Producer of the Year and British Screen Writer of the Year.

Tokyo International Film Festival (1991):
Winner for Best Director (Alan Parker)

Writers Guild Of America (USA) (1992):
Nominated for WGA Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Jameson Awards (14th July 2005)
Winner for the Best Irish Film Of All Time


The Commitments - group shot
The Commitments Movie Line-up
Billy Mooney
Billy tells Deco where he'll park his drum stick!

More Trivia...The Final Word

The film runs for 113 minutes. In that time, the word "f**k" is used 145 times.