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There's no resisting The Commitments...A film with a sound so potent it could probably change the world. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. What a concept: a frank, entertaining and utterly believable movie about the sweet, small victories and fatal screw-ups of a young rebel soul band straight outta the Dublin ghetto, starring real musicians and singers whacking away at great R&B crackers from the sixties. Susan Granger, American Film Classics.
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What a line. When I heard that Ginger Baker reference from music store clerk, tired of hearing the incessantly loud, auditioning, drum play I was officially hooked; and laughing more than I could have imagined with this music, comedy.
THE COMMITMENTS is one of those rare movies that can be seen and heard a second and 3rd time without losing an ounce of entertainment value since the songs are done so well while the dialogue, and a bevy of great lines, can be 'rediscovered' once you figure out exactly what these Dublin blokes are saying. Yes, accents are quite authentic.
But, this Irish "Soul" band that is put together by unemployed Jimmy Babbitte (Robert Arkins - a musician, singer himself) is simply outstanding as they perform songs by such greats as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett (there's a back story involving Pickett that is vital to proceedings...) with a bit of James Brown "for the moves" , and Aretha Franklin "for a lil' of everything..."
Felim Gormley plays saxophone player Dean "Nipples" (funny scene/story behind nickname) Fay while Joey "the Lips" Fagan (John Murphy) claims to have played with everyone from B.B King to the Beatles! Is he full of it? Hard to say. He can sure play the trumpet though.
By the time Maria Doyle (Orphan Black tv show on BBC...) sings "...I never loved a man/ the way that I/ I loved you..." I am very personally simmering to mesmerized by her 'smokin' vocals. Angelina Ball (plays Imelda Quirk) is the pure blonde, leggy eye candy who solos hot on "Chain of Fools". The 'other' girl is worth a mention too, singer Bronagh Gallagher, who is the only one "bringing in any money" in her family and is forced to bring a baby to the practice sessions which gives resident obnoxious front man Decko (Andrew Strong - the second coming of Joe Cocker ... but better...?) permission to torment the little tyke with inappropriately loud drum play. Decko is definitely "the prick" of the group.
Check this one out although it is a shame of all the movies to have no xtras this really is a classic example of dialogue that should have had Subtitles. Oh well, still a great Widescreen picture and I can't say it enough: This is great rock-n-roll "Soul" music brought to us by (as Jimmy Babbitte points out) "Dubliners" (who)are the blacks of Ireland; and WE are the blacks of Dublin."
Ladies and Gentleman THE COMMITMENTS.
For such an unforgettable film that is so hard to find, it's worth the TWO SECONDS it takes to turn off the subtitles and enjoy. Sometimes, you've just really got to...Try a Little Tenderness.
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