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Review The Commitments (1991)

Steve C

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Title: The Commitments

Tagline: They had nothing to lose, they risked it all.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

Director: Alan Parker

Cast: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Glen Hansard, Félim Gormley, Johnny Murphy, Dick Massey, Andrew Strong, Ken McCluskey, Colm Meaney, Anne Kent, Andrea Corr, Gerard Cassoni, Ruth Fairclough, Lindsay Fairclough, Ger Ryan, Liam Carney, Michael O'Reilly, Mark O'Regan, Phelim Drew, Sean Hughes, Philip Bredin, Aoife Lawless, Lance Daly, Conor Malone, Jezz Bell, Colm MacConiomare, Emily Dawson, Dave Kane, Kristel Harris, Maria Place, Brian MacAodha, Tricia Smith, Canice William, Patrick Foy, Jody Campbell, Allan Murray, Eanna MacLiam, Philomena Kavanagh, Peter Rowen, Eamonn O'Conner, Maura O'Malley, Blaise Smith, Derek Herbert, Owen O'Gorman, Pat Leavy, John Cronin, Rynagh O'Grady, Sheila Flitton, Michael Bolger, Mick Nolan, Eileen Reid, Bob Navan, Derek Duggan, Paddy O'Connor, Jim Corr, Larry Hogan, Bernard Keelan, Ronan Hardiman, Mikel Murfi, Josylen Lyons, Winston Dennis, Alan Parker, Paul Bushnell, Sharon Corr, Caroline Corr

Release: 1991-08-14

Runtime: 118

Plot: Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a 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 back yard, a lead singer (Deco) at a wedding, and, responding to his ad, an aging trumpet player, Joey "The Lips" Fagan.

30 years on this still ticks all the boxes with me