On Oct. 22, “Tuesday Nights at the Movies” continues at Woodmere Art Museum with the 1991 film “The Commitments.” The comedy-drama tells the story of a group of working class Dubliners who form a soul band to act as an antithesis to Ireland’s vapid, dying music scene.
Adapted from Roddy Doyle’s novel of the same name, “The Commitments” follows Jimmy Rabbitte, a man who aspires to manage the world’s greatest band, as he assembles a band of young, unexperienced musicians. With the help of a veteran musician named Joey “The Lips” Fagan, Jimmy is able to stitch together the member’s various talents and mold them into a credible band with a powerful stage presence. Things go awry when the band’s egos begin to overshadow their music.
The film is directed by Alan Parker and stars Robert Arkins as Jimmy Rabbitte and Andrew Strong as the band’s lead singer, “Deco” Cuffe. The film went on to win the BAFTA Award for Best Film, as well as the BAFTA Awards for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay; it was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. In 2005, the film was voted the best Irish film of all time in a poll sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey. The film currently holds a 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie begins at 7 p.m. at Woodmere Art Museum. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, although donations are recommended.
For more information please call 215-247-0476. To see a list of the films being screened by The Chestnut Hill Film Group, visit armcinema25.com/chestnut-hill-film-group.