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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 »
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User Reviews:
It's all in the 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)
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
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
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
Tim Hutchinson .... set designer
Harry Newman .... property master
Bryn Siddall .... buyer
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Iain Bruce .... sound recordist
Les Healey .... assistant sound editor
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
Dave Everall .... rigger
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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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:
The stage adaption of "The Who's Tommy" opened at the St. James Theater in New York on April 22, 1993, ran for 899 performances and was nominated for the 1993 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and won for Best Score.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Frank takes Tommy and Mom to their accommodation at Bernie's holiday camp, he sings "chamber 11", but then they prominently walk to the entrance of camber 9.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Hobbs:I think it's alright, Yes, I think it's alright.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Alan Meets Roger Daltrey (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Extra, Extra, ExtraSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
It's all in the music!, 2 August 2004
Author: jrs-8 from Chicago

It's been interesting reading all the reviews here for this movie. It seems you either love or hate "Tommy". I find it odd that you could completely hate a movie with the music of "Tommy". If you love the songs there has to be something about it then right?

I happen to be an admirer of the film. It's not a masterpiece but it succeeds more then it fails. Director Ken Russell has brought his weird sensibilities and ideas to the film and made it more a series of scenes then a coherent story. Yes it is bizarre. Yes it is odd. But the music keeps the film alive and flowing.

It seems apparent that Russell the director may have let some scenes run on a bit too long (the Marilyn Monroe worship scene for one), perhaps because he was bereft of ideas. But he always had the music.

The performances range from terrific to downright awful. Ann Margret is the best thing about this movie. Her Oscar nomination was more then deserving. Her fabulous voice went well with the songs she is asked to perform. Oliver Reed was always a dependable performer but he can't sing worth a lick. Either he should have been dubbed or the part re-cast. Roger Daltrey is just fine in the title role. Basically all he does is sing and smile. For the female fans out there he does go shirtless a lot as well.

There are many cameos in the film worth noting. All the members of The Who are seen though only Keith Moon has a role to speak of. Pete Townshend and John Entwistle are relegated to performing on stage in the worship scene. Tina Turner is the Acid Queen in a bizarre scene that doesn't quite work. Jack Nicholson (and this may be the only time this can be said about him) may be the worst thing in the whole movie. His role as a doctor is short but not so sweet. He sings but is a terrible singer. It's an embarrassing scene and no surprise that he never mentions this role. Paul Nicholas, as cousin Kevin, who babysits Tommy and subsequently tortures him is terrific.

On the whole most of the sequences work. For me the two best sequences are the pinball wizard tournament (with Elton John) and the making of a groupie sequence. And just remember, it's all in the music.

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