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How well do you know The Commitments? The Answers

How did you do?

1. Who played Outspan Foster?

Glen Hansard

2. What does one person in the audition queue think Jimmy is selling?


3. Which Irish musician makes an appearance as Jimmy’s sister?

Andrea Corr

4. Can you name every character in the band?

Billy, Derek, Imelda, Bernie, Deco, Natalie, Dean, Stephan, Outspan, Jimmy, Joey, Mickah

6. How many members of The Corrs are in The Committments?

All of them. Andrea plays Jimmy’s sister, Caroline appears in the audience, Jim in the Avant-Garde-A-Clue band and Sharon plays violin in the country and western band that Bernie joins.

7. Whose nipple does Dean imagine when he’s learning to play the saxophone?

Kim Basinger’s

Bonus point: In Roddy Doyle’s book, whose nipple is it?


Another bonus point: Whose nipple did Joey imagine on his trumpet?

Gina Lollobrigida

8. How many times does the word “fuck” appear in the film?


9. What song is Stephen playing when Jimmy walks into the church?

A Whiter Shade of Pale

10. Where does Dean work?

He’s an unemployed pipe fitter (Thanks to everyone who pointed out that he didn’t work in a chipper)

11. Who is ‘interviewing’ Jimmy in the bath at the end of the film?

Terry Wogan

12. Who directed The Committments?

Alan Parker

13. What musical icon does Jimmy’s dad idolise?


14. What are the little girls on the bus wearing when Deco is serenading them?

Communion dresses

15. Where does Ray want to put the exclamation mark on the And And And posters?

After the second And

16. What does the sign above the stage say at the band’s first gig?

Heroin(e) Kills

17. What song is Deco singing when Jimmy first hears him?

The Proclaimers, Letter from America

18. What does Natalie ask Jimmy to share with her?

A taxi home

19. What does Billy threaten to stick up Deco’s hole?

A drumstick

20. What does Derek want to call the band?

A Flock of Budgies

About the author:

Emer McLysaght

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