This popular Alan Parker film stars an ensemble of unknown actors and musicians. Slick young Dubliner Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) puts together a soul band made up of Dublin's out-of-work misfits. Starting from scratch, the group members re-discover a sense of pride as they master the discipline necessary to make music. An ageing trumpet player, who claims to have worked with all the greats, takes charge of their musical education, but internal feuds and the realities of modern life threaten to overwhelm the band.
An irresistible, comic drama from director Alan Parker (Evita
, Mississippi Burning
), overflowing and alive with passion, humor and music, The Commitments
showcases some old R&B standards in a new light. A headstrong, fast-talking, ambitious young Dubliner (Robert Arkins) fancies himself a promoter of talent, and sets about assembling and packaging a local Irish R&B band. His group of self-absorbed, backbiting, but stunningly talented individuals begin to succeed beyond his wildest dreams, until petty jealousies and recrimination threaten to scuttle the whole deal. A moody, vivid and soulful exploration of the Dublin club scene as well as a showcase for some wonderful unknown actors, the film (and its wonderful soundtrack) also features the actual band covering classic soul tunes from the likes of Otis Redding and Sam and Dave. It's that combination of soul and soul music that makes The Commitments
a special little film. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com
--This text refers to the VHS edition of this video