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The Commitments

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Ireland, United Kingdom, USA

1991

Rated R • 1h 58m

Director Alan Parker

Starring Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Genre Comedy, Drama, Music

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Jimmy Rabbitte, just out of school, gets the brilliant idea to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in North Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his backyard.

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60

TV Guide Magazine by

For all its emphasis on working-class integrity, The Commitments is really Fame wrapped in streetwise packaging.
88

Washington Post by Desson Thomson

Commitments, adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais from the Roddy Doyle book, exults in its own world. The characters, with their foibles and verbal joustings, are everything. There's something poetically sardonic in every sentence they utter.
100

Washington Post by Hal Hinson

Alan Parker's sexy, hilarious, exuberantly energetic new film, The Commitments, has so much rhythmic juice that it's nearly impossible to stay in your seat.
78

Austin Chronicle by Kathleen Maher

The movie isn't about the band, really; it's about having a chance when the cards are stacked against it. It's about climbing out. When they sing those great soul songs, it feels like a better world for everyone and that's how Parker manages to get us into his box with him.
50

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

It’s the old Monkees trick: If you can’t find a band, manufacture one. British director Alan Parker (Fame, Mississippi Burning) lucks out. The dozen unknowns he’s chosen — ten with no previous acting credits — make a joyful noise and rousing company. Parker, however, hasn’t made much of a movie.
75

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

The movie is filled with life and energy, and the music is honest. The Commitments is one of the few movies about a fictional band that’s able to convince us the band is real and actually plays together.

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