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Director:
Writers:
Ken Russell (screenplay)
Pete Townshend (rock opera)
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Release Date:
26 March 1975 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Your senses will never be the same
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A crazy but wonderful interpretation of a legend's music See more (180 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Oliver Reed ... Frank Hobbs

Ann-Margret ... Nora Walker

Roger Daltrey ... Tommy Walker

Elton John ... The Pinball Wizard

Eric Clapton ... The Preacher

John Entwistle ... John Entwistle

Keith Moon ... Uncle Ernie

Paul Nicholas ... Cousin Kevin

Jack Nicholson ... The Specialist

Robert Powell ... Captain Walker

Pete Townshend ... Pete Townshend

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 / Newsboy (voice)
Vicki Brown ... Vocal Chorus / Nurse #2 (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 / Nurse #1 (voice)
Alison Dowling ... Vocal Chorus / Young Tommy (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Baker ... Nurse #1 (uncredited)
Susan Baker ... Nurse #2 (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)
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Directed by
Ken Russell 
 
Writing credits
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 
Robin Lehman (special material)
Ronnie Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
 
Art Direction by
John Clark 
 
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Joyce James .... hair stylist
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
 
Art Department
Terry Ackland-Snow .... assistant art director
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Paul Dufficey .... set designer
Christopher Hobbs .... sculptor
Tim Hutchinson .... set designer
Harry Newman .... property master
Bryn Siddall .... buyer
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Iain Bruce .... sound recordist
Dushko Indjic .... playback operator
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator
John Mosely .... quintophonic sound developer
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... special effects supervisor
Nobby Clark .... special effects
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
Dickie Lee .... key grip
Robin Lehman .... camera operator: special material
Brian Smith .... best boy
Malcolm Vinson .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe supervisor
Leonard Pollack .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
David Bernstein .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Sati Tooray .... colorist
 
Music Department
Richard Bailey .... musician: drums
Howie Casey .... musician
Phil Chen .... musician: bass
Eric Clapton .... musician: guitar
Dave Clinton .... musician
Ray Cooper .... musician
Geoff Daley .... musician
Graham Deakin .... musician: drums
Bob Efford .... musician
John Entwistle .... musician: bass, brass
Martyn Ford .... music arranger
Nicky Hopkins .... music arranger
Nicky Hopkins .... musician: piano
Elton John .... musician: piano
Davey Johnstone .... musician: guitar
Kenney Jones .... musician: drums
Mike Kelly .... musician: drums
Keith Moon .... musician: drums
Dee Murray .... musician: bass
Ron Nevison .... music recordist
Tony Newman .... musician: drums
Nigel Olsson .... musician: drums
Caleb Quaye .... musician: guitar, lead guitar
Mick Ralphs .... musician: guitar
Terry Rawlings .... music editor
Alan Ross .... musician: acoustic guitar
Ronnie Ross .... musician
Fuzzy Samuels .... musician: bass
Gerald Shaw .... musician: theatre organ
Chris Stainton .... musician: organ and acoustic guitar
Tony Stevens .... musician: bass
Ray Thomas .... musician: drums
Pete Townshend .... musical director
Pete Townshend .... musician: arp synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, piano
Dave Wintour .... musician: bass
Ron Wood .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Lee Bolon .... location manager
Ricky Green .... location manager
Gillian Gregory .... choreographer
Kit Lambert .... original album producer
Kay Mander .... continuity
Ken Messenger .... flyer
James Payne .... utility stand-in
Dave Raymond .... flyer
Pete Townshend .... synthesizer programmer
Michael Anderson .... runner (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bill Curbishley .... special thanks
 

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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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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Quintaphonic (5 channel Stereo) | Dolby
Certification:
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 | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 24081)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Elton John's character plays Gottlieb's "Buckaroo" pinball.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Tommy's eye color changes from brown to blue when he grows up at the end of "Christmas".See more »
Quotes:
Tommy:See me, feel me. Touch me, heal me.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Frankenstein (1931)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tommy Can You Hear MeSee more »

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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A crazy but wonderful interpretation of a legend's music, 17 May 2005
Author: sev127 from United Kingdom

I first came across Tommy when I saw the West End theatre production about 10 years ago, and I instantly fell in love with the music and the plot. However, at the time I was only 11 years old and couldn't really appreciate the many levels to Tommy. I did watch the film pretty soon after but was constantly comparing it to the show and to me it didn't even come close.

Now I'm a little older (and hopefully wiser), I have watched the film a lot in the past couple of years and all I can say is WOW! The music is fantastic, Pete Townshend is a genius, and the way he uses it to tell the story is awesome. When you listen to the original Who album a lot is left open to the imagination as regards plot, and I think its important to realise that Ken Russell's film version is merely one interpretation of the story told by the music.

Having not seen any of Russell's other work, it's impossible for me to say that this is typical of him. However, what I will say is that the imagery he uses in the film really does spark a lot of interest, for example the hypocrisy of organised religion and icon worship (particularly when Tommy causes Marlyin Monroe to crash to the floor after the rest of the church have been "brainwashed" by the priests).

A lot of people criticise the film for its cast, particularly Oliver Reed and Jack Nicholsons' debatable singing abilities. However I feel that this only adds to the sleaziness of their characters, especially Reed's - I think if he was note perfect it would be out of character. I think Ann Margret is fantastic as Nora - it's obvious that as Tommy's mother she feels torn between the love for her son and the love for fame and money, and she portrays that really well. As for Roger Daltrey, what a voice and what a body!!

I think it's important not to take the film too seriously though, like I said it's just one interpretation. I feel that "Tommy" as a whole - the music, words, story etc can only be fully appreciated if you listen to and watch as many versions as you can in order to make your own opinion of it.

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