History Film / TheCommitments

29th Dec '15 2:34:47 AM annette12
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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Deco, for obvious reasons. By the end of the film, it becomes clear that most members of the band can barely tolerate each other.
2nd Oct '15 8:37:08 AM moloch
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* SpiritualSequel: The Book was part of an actual trilogy with ''The Snapper'' and ''The Van''. Due to rights issues, the films only form a very loose trilogy with names changed and the only common link being Colm Meaney as the father of the main family. ** The film ''{{Once}}'' can also be seen as this. In ''The Commitments'', Outspan ends up busking on the streets of Dublin. Cut ahead 20 years and ''Once'' starts with Glen Hansard busking on the streets of Dublin, and his character in ''Once'' isn't given a name.
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* SpiritualSequel: SpiritualSequel: ** The Book book was part of an actual trilogy with ''The Snapper'' and ''The Van''. Van'' (and much later, ''The Deportees'' and ''The Guts''). Due to rights issues, the films only form a very loose trilogy with names in the latter two films changed and the only common link being Colm Meaney as the father of the main family. ** The film ''{{Once}}'' can also be seen as this. In ''The Commitments'', we last see Outspan ends up busking on the streets of Dublin. Grafton St. Cut ahead 20 years and ''Once'' starts with Glen Hansard Hansard's unnamed "[[NoNameGiven Guy]]" busking on the streets of Dublin, and his character in ''Once'' isn't given a name.Grafton St.
2nd Oct '15 8:33:47 AM moloch
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* TheCastShowoff: The actors playing the Commitments were mostly chosen for their musical talents, Robert Arkin (Jimmy Rabitte) included (he gets to demonstrate his singing in a bonus song included on the DVD and the soundtrack album).

* DawsonCasting: Inverted in the case of Andrew Strong, who played Deco. He was sixteen when ''The Commitments'' was filmed but was selected for the role because his singing voice sounded older. One of his anecdotes in the DVD "Making of" featurette involved a listener estimating his age as twenty-one based on his voice alone.

* {{Defictionalization}}: Some of the stars of the film toured under the Commitments name. * DoingItForTheArt: While Jimmy gives this impression, he ''does'' want the group to be successful. Joey Fagan is in it purely for his love of soul music.
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* {{Defictionalization}}: Some of the stars of the film toured under the Commitments name. * DoingItForTheArt: [[invoked]] While Jimmy gives this impression, he ''does'' want the group to be successful. Joey Fagan is in it purely for his love of soul music.

* TwinTelepathy: Jimmy's twin sisters (who made their first appearance in the second book of the trilogy) have this going on. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film-makers considered getting Rory Gallagher or Van Morrison to play Joey Fagan.
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* TwinTelepathy: Jimmy's twin sisters (who made their first appearance in the second book of the trilogy) have this going on. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film-makers considered getting Rory Gallagher or Van Morrison to play Joey Fagan.on..
2nd Oct '15 8:26:39 AM moloch
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26th Aug '15 7:18:44 PM nombretomado
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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Mickah "Don't Fuck With Me" Wallace, who started off as the band's ''bouncer''. His predecessor, Billy Mooney, even had "the Animal" for his stage name and cited [[TheMuppetShow the original Animal as his main influence]].
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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Mickah "Don't Fuck With Me" Wallace, who started off as the band's ''bouncer''. His predecessor, Billy Mooney, even had "the Animal" for his stage name and cited [[TheMuppetShow [[Series/TheMuppetShow the original Animal as his main influence]].
9th Jan '15 3:12:53 AM Patachou
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** The only one brought in from this round is Dean, the saxophonist, because he says he's influenced by "[[BruceSpringsteen Clarence Clemons]] and the guy from {{Music/Madness}}."
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** The only one brought in from this round is Dean, the saxophonist, because he says he's influenced by "[[BruceSpringsteen "[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Clarence Clemons]] and the guy from {{Music/Madness}}."
9th Jul '14 4:27:54 PM SkyDog
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* BedmateReveal: To the strains of the theme from ''Shaft,'' no less.

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** Joey comes across as an eccentric religious nut who rides a scooter--but it turns out he knows his stuff. * TheCasanova: Joey, of all people.
21st Mar '14 11:28:33 AM StFan
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''The Commitments'' is a 1991 film based on a Roddy Doyle book of the same title, the first in his ''Barrytown Trilogy'', which tells of the adventures of the Rabitte family, working class residents of north-side Dublin. Set in Dublin in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]], it tells the story of Jimmy Rabitte, an unemployed music aficionado who despairs of the Irish music and decides to form his own soul band; the Commitments. Gathering together a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits motley band of amateur musicians]] and guided by the mysterious trumpeter [[MilesGloriosus Joey "The Lips" Fagan]], they set out to bring {{Music/Soul}} to Dublin. HilarityEnsues.
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''The Commitments'' is a 1991 film based on a Roddy Doyle book of the same title, the first in his ''Barrytown Trilogy'', which tells of the adventures of the Rabitte family, working class residents of north-side Dublin. Set in Dublin in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]], it tells the story of Jimmy Rabitte, an unemployed music aficionado who despairs of the Irish music and decides to form his own soul band; the Commitments. Gathering together a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits motley band of amateur musicians]] and guided by the mysterious trumpeter [[MilesGloriosus Joey "The Lips" Fagan]], they set out to bring {{Music/Soul}} {{Soul}} to Dublin. HilarityEnsues.
5th Jun '13 9:57:03 AM Prfnoff
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Probably no longer fits the trope as redefined; see discussion

* AGoodNameForARockBand: apart from "The Commitments" themselves, itīs mentioned that some of the characters are in a band called And And(!) And. The band name suggestions also fit this trope: Free Beer, A Flock of Budgies, The Northsiders, etc. -->'''Jimmy''': What do you call yourselves? -->'''Derek''': "And And And." -->'''Jimmy''': "And And fuckin' And?" -->'''Derek''': Well, Ray's thinking of putting an exclamation mark after the second "and." Says it'd look deadly on the posters. -->'''Jimmy''': Psshh... -->'''Outspan''': You don't like it? You think it should go at the end? -->'''Jimmy''': I think it should go up his arse.
13th Apr '13 7:13:43 PM ToxtethOGrady
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''The Commitments'' is a 1991 film based on a Roddy Doyle book of the same title, the first in his ''Barrytown Trilogy'', which tells of the adventures of the Rabitte family, working class residents of north-side Dublin. Set in Dublin in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]], it tells the story of Jimmy Rabitte, an unemployed music afficionado who despairs of the Irish music and decides to form his own soul band; the Commitments. Gathering together a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits motley band of amateur musicians]] and guided by the mysterious trumpeter [[MilesGloriosus Joey "The Lips" Fagan]], they set out to bring {{Music/Soul}} to Dublin. HilarityEnsues.
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''The Commitments'' is a 1991 film based on a Roddy Doyle book of the same title, the first in his ''Barrytown Trilogy'', which tells of the adventures of the Rabitte family, working class residents of north-side Dublin. Set in Dublin in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]], it tells the story of Jimmy Rabitte, an unemployed music afficionado aficionado who despairs of the Irish music and decides to form his own soul band; the Commitments. Gathering together a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits motley band of amateur musicians]] and guided by the mysterious trumpeter [[MilesGloriosus Joey "The Lips" Fagan]], they set out to bring {{Music/Soul}} to Dublin. HilarityEnsues.

* HopelessAuditionees: A montage (set to "Too Many Fish in the Sea") shows these appearing at Jimmy's door as he's trying to recruit his band. Jimmy asks each one who his/her influences are, then promptly slams the door in his/her face upon receiving their responses: "Barry Manilow," "Sinead O'Connor," "Wings...Bachmann Turner Overdrive?" "U2?" An apparent Boy George wannabe doesn't even get to name his influence.
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* HopelessAuditionees: A montage (set to "Too Many Fish in the Sea") shows these appearing at Jimmy's door as he's trying to recruit his band. Jimmy asks each one who his/her influences are, then promptly slams the door in his/her face upon receiving their responses: "Barry Manilow," "Sinead O'Connor," "Wings...Bachmann Turner Bachman-Turner Overdrive?" "U2?" An apparent Boy George wannabe doesn't even get to name his influence.

* IncrediblyLamePun: When the band are travelling in a chip van, some passers-by ask if they have any rock salmon. They reply "Sorry, we only have soul!" [[DontExplainTheJoke Get it... sole/soul...]]
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* IncrediblyLamePun: When the band are travelling traveling in a chip van, some passers-by ask if they have any rock salmon. They reply "Sorry, we only have soul!" [[DontExplainTheJoke Get it... sole/soul...]]
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