The Making of Alan Parker's Film 'The Commitments'

Genre: Documentary
23 min

Tell us about the early days, Jimmy.

How did it all begin?

Well, Terry, I was always in the music

business, but more on the sales side.

F*ck off.

# Don't want your kisses

# That's for sure

# I die each time

# I hear this sound:

# Here he comes

# That's Cathy's clown

# Here he comes

# That's Cathy's clown

# Dearest

# Darlin'

# I have to write to say

that I won't be home

# Any more

# Cos something happened

# To me

# While I was drivin' home

# And I'm not the same

# Any more

# Oh, I was only

# Twenty-four hours from Tulsa

# Only

# One day away from your arms

# I saw a welcoming light

# And I had to stop for the night

# Said to the man at the railroad station

# I want a ticket

# Just for one

# He said:
Well, if you insist

# Where you wanna go, miss?

# Oh-oh

# Destination anywhere

- Jimmy! Jimmy! You got the video?

- Yeah. Mississippi Burning, wasn't it?

Have you got any Hothouse Flowers?

# And this old world ain't got

no back door

# Because I saw her today

# I saw her face

# It was a face I loved

# And I knew

# I had to run away-ay

# And get down on my knees and pray-ay

# That they'd go away

# But still they begin

# Those needles and pins, yeah

# Because of all my pride

# The tears I gotta hide

# Right now - yeah!

# Needles and pins, yeah

# Needles and pins, yeah

# Needles and pins

# Needles and pins,

yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

# Yeah-yeah!

# Ye-e-e-eah!

We'll take a short break here,

but we'll be back,

so stay in the groove.

- Imelda, you're lookin' deadly!

- What are you doin' here?

- Friend of the band's.

- You're sure no friend o' me sister's!

The fella she's marrying

hardly knows her.

Cheeky bastard!

- You'll be next.

- Why me? I'm not bleedin' pregnant!

- Imelda.

- See yeh, Jimmy.

F*ck off!

Well, I'm three months gone.

It's a bit tight.

- Oh, I can feel it!

- You can feel it already?

That's great! Can you feel it?

- Why d'yeh want me to manage yis?

- Cos you know all about music, Jimmy.

You had Frankie Goes To Hollywood's

album before anyone else.

- You were first to realise they were shite.

- What's shite is what yous were playin'.

- We have to play that at weddings.

- What d'yeh call yourselves?

- And And And.

- And And fuckin' And?

Ray is thinkin' of an exclamation mark

after the second And.

- He says it'll look deadly on the posters.

- Yeh don't like it?

- D'yeh think it should go at the end?

- I think it should go up his arse.

We're not married to it.

Aah, no.

Dance, yeh bastard!

# I've looked at the ocean

# Tried hard to imagine

# The way you felt the day you sailed

# From Wester Ross to Nova Scotia!

# We should have helped you

# We should have told you

- Look at that eejit!

- That eejit's singin' somethin' like music.

Jimmy, we need direction.

If I'm the manager, Ray's not in the band.

- Why not?

- I don't like him. I never have.

- I hate him, to be honest with yeh.

- But he owns the synth.

No one uses synths any more.

It's back to basics.

Just as well, cos we've f*ck-all else.

# ..railtrack

# From Miami to...


- What the f*ck is tha'?

- It's me hanky.

- Here yeh are, Imelda.

- Thanks.

What are yous lookin' at?


- I'll have this washed for yeh, Jimmy.

- That's OK.

Wash it? I'd fuckin' frame it!

What does she see in him? He looks like

he models fuckin' knittin' patterns!

- Mothers love him.

- Why? He's a prick!

He's a prick with a job.

That band, Free Beer.

They always pull a big crowd.

- I like A Flock of Budgies.

- That's a stupid name.

It's better than bleedin' yours:

Cosmic Lino.

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