Trivia / The Commitments

  • BFI Top 100 British Films: #38
  • The Cast Showoff: 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).
  • Dawson Casting: 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: Members of the cast/band have toured under the Commitments name from time to time for kicks.
  • Irony: Johnny Murphy plays Joey Fagan, the most talented and most experienced member of the Commitments. But he's the only one who didn't know how to play a musical instrument in real life.
  • The Pete Best: Ray, the hammy lead singer of Outspan and Derek's earlier band, And And And. Jimmy makes it clear that he doesn't like Ray, and when Outspan and Derek tell Ray he's out, he takes it surprisingly well, saying he was planning to go solo anyway.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The Corrs all have parts in the film. Andrea plays Jimmy's younger sister (ironically named Sharon, like her own older sister in real life), while Jim, Caroline, and Sharon have cameo roles as musicians.
  • What Could Have Been: The film-makers considered getting Rory Gallagher or Van Morrison to play Joey Fagan.