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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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Ken Russell (screenplay)
Pete Townshend (rock opera)
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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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It helps to have an appreciation for Ken Russell, not Pete Townsend See more (186 total) »


  (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)
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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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Quintaphonic (5 channel Stereo) | Dolby
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 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 24081)
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The only film ever to be released using John Mosely "Quintaphonic Sound" system. This used three of the four audio tracks on a Cinemascope-type 4-track magnetic striped print, two of these were expanded by a Sansui QS quadraphonic decoder to provide for left and right front, and left and right back speakers. The third channel fed the screen-center speaker. In addition all three tracks used dbx noise reduction. Quintaphonic sound was never used again because it required expensive striped prints and was commercially eclipsed by the Dolby Stereo system which employed low-cost optical sound prints. Dolby Stereo launched in 1975 with another Ken Russell film - Lisztomania (1975)See more »
Continuity: When Frank Hobbs signs the cheque for Quackson the signature is at an angle of at least thirty degrees to the horizontal. When he hands it over, the signature is level.See more »
Tommy:Right behind you I see the millions. On you I see the glory. From you I get opinions. From you I get the story. Listening to you I get the music. Gazing at you I get the heat. Following you I climb the mountain. I get excitement at your feet!See more »
Movie Connections:
Acid QueenSee more »


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34 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
It helps to have an appreciation for Ken Russell, not Pete Townsend, 29 June 2001
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

This is a Ken Russell movie, make no mistake. It is relentlessly twisted, ugly, savage (for a sometimes humorous effect) and trippy. Russell may be the oldest flower child of all time. Surreal plot concerns a deaf-dumb-and-blind boy becoming the new Messiah to a pinball-crazed population, and the film has been accused of being too literal to The Who's rock opera source material. In this age of lavish music videos, it has also been tagged as archaic. Though nobody seems to care anymore how a film was perceived in its time, I would say the picture still succeeds in doing what was originally intended: shake an audience up with freaky visuals and propulsive music (nicely arranged). It also does something else: creates actual characters from the music, a plus due in part to the fine acting of Ann-Margret as Tommy's glamorous mother, Roger Daltrey as Tommy, Oliver Reed as Tommy's stepfather (Reed is hammy but quite game, while the role is designed as both a villain and a hero), and Tina Turner, an extremely scary presence as the Acid Queen. "Tommy" has some bummer scenes, and Russell's love for degradation occasionally made me wince, but it is a real cinematic experience. Whether it involves or alienates the viewer depends on their appreciation for the English director's constant penchant for the bizarre. **1/2 from ****

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