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The Commitments Musicaly Irish Music Based Film

Updated on September 23, 2018
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Eileen enjoys a variety of movies and likes to share reviews of those that impress her. She also loves British television comedy series.

A Favorite Movie

The Commitments is one of my all time favorite, music based films.

It is not a musical, as such, in that the cast do not burst into song, as they go about their everyday business but rather it is a film about the formation of a band and its fight for success.

Set in Ireland, this 1991 film is entertaining, funny, quirky and includes some terrific music and great performances.

Directed by Alan Parker this movie is entertainment at its best.

About The Commitments

The Oscar nominated movie The Commitments released in 1991 follows the formation of a fictional, new Irish band. With some very funny auditions a final line-up is at last in place and the Commitments band is born.

The film is based on the novel The Commitments written by Irish author, Roddy Doyle, and published in 1987. The script for the film was also written by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais a famous British comedy script writing duo.

Scriptwriters Clement and La Frenais were the funny brains behind many British comedies including comedy series Porridge, Auf Weidersehen Pet and The Likely Lads. The pair also worked on films such as Flushed Away.

For me the funniest scenes in the film are the auditions which happen near the start of the movie.

However there is often unexpected comedy throughout this movie.

The auditions take place in a front room of a house and they vary from the sublime to the hilarious.

Once the band members are chosen the movie follows their journey to success..

From a raggle taggle group of mismatched talents they progress to be a worthy Irish band.

With female band members who not only look good but sound good, an elder band member who offers talent and knowledge and younger band members who have the necessary enthusiasm surely they will be a success?

The Commitments is a bumpy, entertaining ride of a film with glorious bluesy music along the way.

The Commitments is a down to earth, brash, funny and youthful film yet one that will appeal to all adult ages.

The young cast were relatively unknown when this film was released and some have pretty much stayed that way.

The lead singer in the band played by Andrew Strong had some music success with a recording career following on from this movie.

Andrew Strong was aged just 16/17 when this film was released, though his earthy, blues based voice belied his young years.

However in 2016 Strong said “The Commitments was something of an albatross around my neck in my younger days because it pigeon-holed me as a soul singer.” He was tied to the tracks of the film for too long but now, aged 42, he is has found musical success in his own right.

Tracks from the movie include:-

  1. Mustang Sally
  2. Take Me to the River
  3. Chain of Fools
  4. Dark End of the Street
  5. I can't stand the Rain
  6. Try a little Tenderness
  7. Mr Pitiful
  8. In the Midnight Hour

Cast includes:-

Robert Arkins, Andrew Strong, Angelina Ball, Dick Massey Michael Aherne and Johnny Murphy.

The Commitments is available on DVD or you can buy the soundtrack on CD if you prefer.

The book not only spawned a film but a theatre production which has proved popular.

If you have never watched the Commitments why not check it out. Your viewing experience will be better if you love soulful music but that is not mandatory.

This film is not suitable for children as it feature some expletives and adult scenes.

Recommended as a very funny film, with great music, perhaps The Commitments is the best Irish film to date.

Availability

The Commitments is available on D.V.D or you can buy the soundtrack on C. D. if you prefer.

The book not only spawned a film but a theatre production which has proved popular.

If you have never watched the Commitments why not check it out.

Your viewing experience will be better if you love soulful blues music but that is not mandatory.

This film is not suitable for children as it features some strong expletives and adult scenes.

Recommended as a very funny film, with great music, perhaps The Commitments is the best Irish film to date.

© 2010 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I haven't but I will be checking them out, thanks

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      premierkj 

      8 years ago from Republic of Ireland

      This is one of my favourites too. I imagine that you've probably seen 'The Van' and 'The Snapper' as well, both also based on Roddy Doyle novels and both equally funny!

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Nice You Tube.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It is a great film hello. Thanks for the visit

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Sounds great and thank you for drawing attention to it.

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