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Tommy (1975)

PG | | Drama, Musical | 26 March 1975 (UK)
A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.

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Storyline

Nora Walker is told that her British fighter pilot husband is missing in action and presumed killed in World War II. On V.E. Day, Nora gives birth to their son, who she names Tommy. While Tommy is an adolescent, Nora marries Frank, a shifty camp counselor. Shortly thereafter, Tommy suffers an emotionally traumatic experience associated with his father and step-father, which, based on things told to him at that time, results in him becoming deaf, dumb and blind, a situation which several people exploit for their own pleasure. As Nora tries several things to bring Tommy out of his psychosomatic disabilities, Tommy, now a young man, happens upon pinball as a stimulus. Playing by intuition, Tommy becomes a pinball master, which in turn makes him, and by association Nora and Frank, rich and famous. Nora literally shatters Tommy to his awakening, which ultimately leads to both the family's rise and downfall as people initially try to emulate Tommy's path then rebel against it. Written by Huggo

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Your senses will never be the same

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Drama | Musical

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26 March 1975 (UK)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Pinball Wizard sequence was filmed in the Kings Theatre in Southsea. This is not the same theatre in which Ken Russell filmed his earlier work The Boy Friend (1971). This was filmed at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. Both theatres are still very much active. See more »

Goofs

During the scene at the amusement park in the "Amazing Journey" sequence, young Tommy can clearly be seen laughing while seated on one of the whirling rides. This is incorrect, as Tommy is supposed to be completely unresponsive to his surroundings. See more »

Quotes

Nora Walker Hobbs: Do you think it's alright To leave the boy with Cousin Kevin? Do you think it's alright? There's something 'bout him I Don't really like. Do you think it's alright?
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Connections

Referenced in Brothers of the Head (2005) See more »

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Sparks
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Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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The Weird World of Ken Russell: Tommy
30 July 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Tommy (1975) was the film adaptation of the Who's classic concept album Tommy. The film and the album are slightly different (the re-recorded songs pale to the real deal). But it was interesting to see avant-garde film maker Ken Russell re-imagine Tommy for the big screen. The movie has an all-star cast of eccentric and top stars (Oliver Reed, Ann-Margaret, Jack Nicholson) and pop stars (Tina Turner, Roger Daltry, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Elton John and The Who themselves, as a group on stage).

The music was changed and performed for the movie. Most of the dialog was sung (by all of the actors) and Ken Russell changed some of the story to fit the movie. If you're a fan of the album you might be disappointed by the movie. But it's worth a watch just to see Oliver Reed, Ann-Margaret (in total HOT mode) and the others as they make cameo appearances and guest spots. I was slight disappointed but I was pleased with the results. I just wished they used the original music whenever they could.

Recommended for Who and Ken Russell fans.


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