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The Commitments musical Irish music based film

Updated on October 11, 2011

The Commitments is one of my all time favourite, 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. 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. It was directed by Alan Parker

The Commitments follows the formation of a fictional, new Irish band. The film is based on the novel The Commitments which was 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. These two have been the funny brains behind many other British comedies, such as, comedy series Porridge, Auf Weidersehen Pet and The Likely Lads, plus films such as Flushed Away.

For me, one of the funniest times in the film, are the auditions, which happen near the beginning of the movie. The auditions take place in a front room and they vary from the sublime to the hilarious.

Once the band members are chosen, we follow their attempts to be heard. 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 can also sing, an elder band member who offers talent and knowledge and younger band members who have the necessary enthusiasm, The Commitments is a bumpy, entertaining ride of a film.

The Commitments is a down to earth, brash, funny and youthful film. That said it would appeal to all adult ages. The young cast were relatively unknown, when this film was released, and some have pretty much stayed that way. Lead singer Andrew Strong has had quite a successful recording career though.

The lead singer of the Commitments,, Andrew Strong, was aged only 16, when this film was made. His earthy, blues based voice belied his young years.

Tracks 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 compulsory. This film is not for children though as it does feature some bad language and adult scenes.

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


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      Eileen Kersey 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.

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      Eileen Kersey 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.