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Title:
The Commitments
Author:
Parker, Alan, 1944-
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Fueled by raw talent and driven by dreams of glory, a dozen dead-enders from Dublin's gritty North Side share a passion for soul music that takes their band on a wild rollercoaster ride from the streets to superstardom! Includes 4 hours of extras.
General Note:
Collector's ed.

Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1991.

Special features: disc one, full-length audio commentary by director: disc 2, looking back documentary; all-new "Dublin Soul" featurette; 2 behind-the-scenes "Making of" featurettes; music video, "Treat Her Right" with introduction by Alan Parker and Robert Arkins; 2 new songs "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Taking On the World"; still photo gallery; theatrical trailer, TV/Radio Spots and more!

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R.
UPC:
024543112990
Format :
DVD

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"The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland, and the North Siders are the blacks of Dublin ... so say it loud -- I'm black and I'm proud!" Or so Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) tells his slightly puzzled friends as he tries to assemble a rhythm & blues show band in a working class community in Dublin in Alan Parker's film The Commitments. Jimmy is a would-be music business wheeler and dealer, and he's decided what Dublin needs is a top-shelf soul band. However, top-shelf soul musicians are hard to find in Dublin, so he has to make do with what he can find. However, after a long round of auditions, Jimmy makes two inspired discoveries: Deco (Andrew Strong), an abrasive and alcoholic streetcar conductor who nevertheless has a voice like the risen ghost of Otis Redding, and Joey "The Lips" Fagan (Johnny Murphy), a horn player who knows soul music backwards and forwards and claims to have played with everyone from Wilson Pickett to Elvis Presley. Before long, the band -- called the Commitments -- is packing them in at local clubs. But do they have what it takes to make the big time? Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, who also co-wrote the screenplay, The Commitments is sparked by fine performances by its young cast and enthusiastic performances of a number of '60s soul classics; the cast, who play their own instruments, reassembled the band for a concert tour after the film became a hit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi