In the working class section of Northern Dublin, young Jimmy Rabbitte was always focused on the music business (at least in the matters of retail) and has very high aspirations of managing the world's greatest band...the only thing is he has one kind of music in mind: soul. After countless auditions that failed to impress at his parents' home, Jimmy assembles a group of young musicians who -- unlike his idols which include James Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett -- are all white. Among the ensemble are a piano player med student, a lead singer with an insufferable ego, a bevvy of beautiful backup singers, and an aging trumpet player with tall tales of travel around and jamming with all the great musicians. And thus, The Commitments were born. Whipping them into musical shape with many rehearsals, Jimmy lands the band their first gig which puts them on the rise. But their climb to song stardom continues to be a rocky one when egos clash and professional relationships become a little more than personal, and jealousies arise leading to Jimmy discovering that he may be lacking the power to keep things in line as everything seems to crumble. Directed by Alan Parker. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle which was the first in his Barrytown Trilogy followed by The Snapper and The Van.

    Cast of Characters

    Robert Arkins....Jimmy Rabbitte
    Michael Aherne....Steven Clifford
    Angeline Ball....Imelda Quirke
    Maria Doyle....Natalie Murphy
    Dave Finnegan....Mickah Wallace
    Bronagh Gallagher....Bernie McGloughlin
    Felim Gormley....Dean Fay
    Glen Hansard....Outspan Foster
    Dick Massey....Billy Mooney
    Johnny Murphy....Joey "The Lips" Fagan
    Kenneth McCluskey....Derek Scully
    Andrew Strong....Deco Cuffe
    Colm Meaney....Jimmy Rabbitte Sr.
    Anne Kent....Mrs. Rabbitte
    Andrea Corr....Sharon Rabbitte
    Gerard Cassoni....Darren Rabbitte
    Ruth and Lindsay Fairclough....The Rabbitte Twins
    Michael O'Reilly....Greg
    Liam Carney....Duffy