The Commitments (1991)

The Commitments



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

A working-class group of mates from Dublin's North Side band together to find fame and fortune as soul singers in this tuneful comedy/drama. It takes many hours of practice, but eventually "The Commitments" become popular on the club circuit. Unfortunately with success comes a new set of problems as youthful egos swell. The plot is based on the first in author Roddy Doyle's trilogy of Barrytown tales.

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Roddy Doyle, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 1999
20th Century Fox Film Corporation



as Jimmy Rabbitte

as Steven Clifford

as Imelda

as Mickah

as Outspan

as Billy Mooney

as Joey `The Lips' Faga...

as Derek Scully

as Deco Cuffe

as Mr. Rabbitte

as Mrs. Rabbitte

as Sharon Rabbitte

as Darren Rabbitte

as Linda Rabbitte

as Tracey Rabbitte

as The Pawnbroker

as Father Molloy

as Roddy the Reporter

as Dave from Eejit Reco...

as Imelda's Sister

as Kid with Harmonica

as Protest Song Singer

as Heavy Metal Singer

as Fiddler Auditioner

as Punk Girl Singer

as Coconuts Trio Member

as Coconuts Trio Member

as Coconuts Trio Member

as Uileann Pipe Player

as Les Miserables Singe...

as Smiths' Song Singer

as Cajun Trio Member

as Cajun Trio Member

as Cajun Trio Member

as Failed Drug Buyer

as Rabbitte's Neighbor

as Shy Skateboard Audit...

as Failed Drug Buyer

as Only De Lonely Singe...

as Joey's Mother

as Pool Hall Manager

as Duffy's Sidekick

as Duffy's Sidekick

as Unemployment Officia...

as Kid with Horse

as Bernie's Mother

as Church Cleaner

as Community Centre Kid

as Imelda's Father

as Imelda's Mother

as Regency Pub Barman

as Photographer

as Rock Salmon Man

as Avante-Garde-A-Clue ...

as Avante-Garde-A-Clue ...

as Avante-Garde-A-Clue ...

as Avante-Garde-A-Clue ...

as Dance Hall Manager

as Music Journalist

as Deco's Fan

as Man in Limousine

as Eejit Record Produce...
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Commitments

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Commitments

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies.

Full Review… | August 20, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008
Top Critic

This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Parker is capable of whipping a series of quick, well-edited snippets into a happy collage of musical high spirits.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a relaxed, colorful creation, remaining true to rascally human behaviors while respecting the unifying power of music. Downright irresistible.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Commitments

"We skipped the light fandango turned cartwheels 'cross the floor. I was feeling kinda seasick but the crowd called out for more" I'm still in awe by how clever was the use of that enigmatic line, it not only comes from one of my favourite songs, but works as a dignified compendium of a short-lived but magical trainwreck that the characters, and the public, can only watch passing by with a smile.
Quotable dialogue, riotous moments and genuine musical passion throughout. A gem once voted, deservedly, as the best irish film of all time.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


A story documenting the rise and fall of the band The Commitments. With enjoyable vocals and those well known songs, this film makes for an easy watching tongue in cheek piece.

In a seperate issue, I can't help thinking this discredits the film ONCE ever so slightly I had thought their performances were really good, I hadn't known Glen Hansard had already appeared in this film.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

In the tradition of Waking Ned Devine and The Full Monty, this is a delightful, optimistic ensemble piece from across the pond. While there are few conflicts in between the characters, the main conflict that drives the film forward is understated - people wanting to succeed in an world that doesn't assent.
There is little in the way of comedy, "littler" in the way of drama, and too many musical sequences for my taste, but it's hard to fault the movie for any of these things. Suffice to say that I mildly enjoyed the experience of watching this film, and there's little to complain about.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

The Commitments Quotes

– Submitted by Patrick M (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Shannon W (3 years ago)
– Submitted by D H (4 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Commitments on our Movie forum!