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Tommy -- The Who's classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including manyof music's biggest stars. Roger Daltrey is Tommy and Elton John portrays the Pinball Wizard. Appearances by Tina Turner and Jack Nicholson.


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The Who (by)
Ken Russell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 March 1975 (UK) See more »
Your senses will never be the same
A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and the object of a religious cult because of that. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Oliver Reed ... Frank

Ann-Margret ... Nora

Roger Daltrey ... Tommy

Elton John ... The Pinball Wizard

Eric Clapton ... The Preacher

John Entwistle ... Himself

Keith Moon ... Uncle Ernie

Paul Nicholas ... Cousin Kevin

Jack Nicholson ... The Specialist

Robert Powell ... Captain Walker

Pete Townshend ... Himself

Tina Turner ... The Acid Queen
Arthur Brown ... The Priest
Victoria Russell ... Sally Simpson
Ben Aris ... Reverend Simpson
Mary Holland ... Mrs. Simpson
Gary Rich ... Rock Musician
Dick Allan ... President Black Angels
Barry Winch ... Young Tommy

Eddie Stacey ... Bovver Boy
Liza Strike ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Gillian McIntosh ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Simon Townshend ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Vicki Brown ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Mylon LeFevre ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Kit Trevor ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Billy Nicholls ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Helen Shappel ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Jeff Roden ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Paul Gurvitz ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Margo Newman ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
Alison Dowling ... Vocal Chorus (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Baker ... Nurse #1 (uncredited)
Susan Baker ... Nurse #2 (uncredited)
Peter Brace ... Man with Knife (uncredited)
Imogen Claire ... Nurse at the Specialist's Practice (uncredited)
Christine Hewett ... Lady in Black Beauty Chocolate Commercial (uncredited)
Gillian King ... Handmaiden to the Acid Queen (uncredited)
Juliet King ... Handmaiden to the Acid Queen (uncredited)
Steven Longhurst ... Tommy accolyte (uncredited)
James Payne ... Man in Strip Club Collecting a Program (uncredited)
Alex 'Alien' Russell ... (uncredited)

Ken Russell ... Cripple (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Russell 
Writing credits
The Who (by) (as 'The Who')

Ken Russell (screenplay)

Pete Townshend (rock opera)

John Entwistle (additional material) &
Keith Moon (additional material)

Produced by
Harry Benn .... associate producer
Ken Russell .... producer
Christopher Stamp .... executive producer
Robert Stigwood .... producer
Beryl Vertue .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Dick Bush (photographed by)
Robin Lehman (special material)
Ronnie Taylor (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
Art Direction by
John Clark 
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Joyce James .... hairdresser
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Comfort .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Benson .... assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Gary White .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Terry Ackland-Snow .... assistant art director
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Paul Dufficey .... set designer
Christopher Hobbs .... sculptor
Harry Newman .... property master
Bryn Siddall .... buyer
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
Michael Guyett .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Tim Hutchinson .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Iain Bruce .... sound recordist
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator
John Mosely .... Quintophonic Sound® developer
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Les Healey .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dushko Indjic .... playback operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... special effects supervisor
Nobby Clark .... special effects (as Nobby Clarke)
Chris Corbould .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Malcolm Bubb .... special optical effects
Sheldon Elbourne .... special optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bremner .... gaffer
Eddie Collins .... camera operator
Malcolm Vinson .... focus puller
Dave Everall .... rigger (uncredited)
Dickie Lee .... key grip (uncredited)
Brian Smith .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe supervisor
Leonard Pollack .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Bernstein .... colorist (digitally restored version) (uncredited)
Sati Tooray .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Bailey .... musician
Howie Casey .... musician
Phil Chen .... musician
Eric Clapton .... musician
Dave Clinton .... musician
Ray Cooper .... musician
Geoff Daley .... musician
Graham Deakin .... musician
Bob Efford .... musician
John Entwistle .... musician
Martyn Ford .... theatre organ music arranger
Nicky Hopkins .... music arranger
Nicky Hopkins .... musician
Elton John .... musician
Davey Johnstone .... musician
Kenney Jones .... musician (as Kenny Jones)
Mike Kelly .... musician
Keith Moon .... musician
Dee Murray .... musician
Ron Nevison .... music recordist
Tony Newman .... musician
Nigel Olsson .... musician
Caleb Quaye .... musician
Mick Ralphs .... musician
Terry Rawlings .... music editor
Alan Ross .... musician
Ronnie Ross .... musician
Fuzzy Samuels .... musician
Gerald Shaw .... musician: theatre organ
Chris Stainton .... musician
Pete Townshend .... musical director
Ron Wood .... musician (as Ronnie Wood)
Tony Stevens .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Ray Thomas .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Pete Townshend .... musician: arp synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, piano (uncredited)
Dave Wintour .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Other crew
Lee Bolon .... location manager
Ricky Green .... location manager
Gillian Gregory .... choreographer
Kit Lambert .... original record album producer
Kay Mander .... continuity
Robert Stigwood .... presenter
Pete Townshend .... music synthesizer programmer
Michael Anderson .... runner (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
James Payne .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
Bill Curbishley .... our thanks to
Ken Messenger .... our thanks to: flyer
Dave Raymond .... our thanks to: flyer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tommy by 'The Who'" - USA (complete title)
"Tommy: The Movie" - USA (promotional title)
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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Quintaphonic (5 channel Stereo) (as Quintophonic Sound®) | Dolby (as Dolby System Noise Reduction - High Fidelity Optical Sound Track)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1977) | France:-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating: DVD director's audio commentary) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1994) (2004) (2007) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #24081)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Barry Gibb]Person who pushes one of the wheel chairs during "Eyesight to the Blind/Marilyn Monroe" sequence.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the Christmas party when Frank Hobbs whips the mask off his face, the young actor playing Tommy noticeably winces, which he shouldn't do if he were deaf, dumb, and blind.See more »
Nora Walker Hobbs:But what's it all worth? What's it all worth when my son is blind? He can't hear the music nor enjoy what I'm buying. His life is worthless, affecting mine. I'd pay any price to drive his plight from my mind!See more »
Movie Connections:
Amazing JourneySee more »


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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Rock Opera!, 5 July 2004
Author: KP-Nuts from Midlands, England

I first saw this movie a few years back whilst going through my Uncle's collection of records, tapes and videos etc. To be fair I was fairly sceptical about the prospect of spending at Saturday night drinking and watching a musical film involving "The Who" (a band I had obviously heard of, but not actually really listened too) with my Uncle. However my Uncle has great taste in music and has introduced me to many great bands and albums over the years, especially 60's rock music.

I think my initial reaction to the film was it had some great scenes, mixing fantastic music with iconic imagery, some very interesting cast members, and a very strange dark humour throughout most of it.

The scenes which I were first really drawn to were 1951/what about the boy? (whether Oliver Reed can sing or not without severe editing, he fits his part perfectly and both he and Ann-Margaret shine during this scene), Acid Queen (an amazing performance by Tina Turner) and Amazing Journey.

Due to enjoying these songs/scenes so much I revisited the film a few times and then really found the true depth of the movie. The songs are top notch, with the above mentioned and others such as Christmas, Pinball Wizard, I'm Free, Sally Simpson and Listening To You amongst the best. Every scene is almost mesmerising in it's own way (apart from Eyesight to the blind, although I love Eric Clapton, I just do not enjoy this part at all).

I had been looking for this on DVD for sometime, and in the meantime had purchased the original CD (interesting how some songs are better on the CD whilst others translate better in the movie) as a substitute. I was of course extremely pleased at the recent 2 Disc Collectors Edition release and did not hesitate to make my purchase.

OK, the story is not your run of the mill, easy to understand type and I think it is open to all kinds of interpretations, the main thing is the movie is a visual and musical feast almost like an extended ultra good pop video.

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