The CommitmentsJimmy Rabbitte, a self-proclaimed promoter, decides to organize an R&B group and after a long round of auditions, he makes two inspired discoveries: Deco, an abrasive and alcoholic streetcar conductor and Joey 'The Lips' Fagan, a horn player. But do they have what it takes to make the big time?
Actors of "The Commitments"
Characters of "The Commitments"
Directors of "The Commitments"
Alan ParkerBirthdate: 14 February 1944, Islington, London, England, UK
Creators of "The Commitments"
Roddy DoyleBirthdate: 1958, Dublin, Ireland
Dick ClementBirthdate: 5 September 1937, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK
Critic Reviews of "The Commitments"
TIME MagazineAugust 20, 2008
The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies.
VarietyMarch 10, 2008
Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.
Chicago ReaderMarch 10, 2008
This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest.
Time OutJune 24, 2006
Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date.
New York TimesMay 20, 2003
Mr. Parker is capable of whipping a series of quick, well-edited snippets into a happy collage of musical high spirits.
Rolling StoneMay 12, 2001
Parker keeps going for the glitz. He may have shot The Commitments in Ireland, but his soul never left Hollywood.
Common Sense MediaSeptember 06, 2016
Joyous '90s musical-drama has lots of profanity.
TheBluFile.comAugust 29, 2016
Memorable, lingering in one's mind after it has ended. Perhaps, in the end, it's a tad wiser than it initially lets on.
BrianOrndorf.comAugust 16, 2011
It's a relaxed, colorful creation, remaining true to rascally human behaviors while respecting the unifying power of music. Downright irresistible.
Combustible CelluloidJune 06, 2008
Does a remarkable job of balancing a feel of lower-class life with the sheer exuberance the music brings.
TV GuideMarch 10, 2008
This typically slick but largely enjoyable Alan Parker offering is the story of the rise and demise of a young Irish soul band.
Film4March 10, 2008
Sharply written and executed with real verve, this is an enduring and enjoyable comedy-drama that showcases some great performances both on and off-stage.
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