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Director:
Writers:
The Who (by)
Ken Russell (screenplay)
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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, subsequently, the object of a religious cult. 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 (192 total) »

Cast

  (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
John Mosely .... Quintophonic Sound® developer
Alan O'Duffy .... sound mixer
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Les Healey .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dushko Indjic .... playback operator (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Nobby Clark .... special effects (as Nobby Clarke)
Colin Chilvers .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Corbould .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Kelly .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Malcolm Bubb .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Sheldon Elbourne .... special optical effects (uncredited)
 
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)
 
Location Management
Lee Bolon .... location manager
Ricky Green .... location manager
 
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
Franklin Jones Jr. .... music mixer: score mixer
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
Ronnie Wood .... musician
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
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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
111 min
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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)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | 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?

Trivia:
Ann-Margret learned her role by reading the script and listening to the original album by The Who. She recorded her part in a single eleven hour session.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: (at around 37 mins) The American flag on display during the victory celebration seems not to be the "6x8=48-star" flag appropriate for the time period circa 1945.See more »
Quotes:
The Pinball Wizard:Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball. From SoHo down to Brighton, I must have played them all. But I ain't seen nothin' like him In any amusement hall. That deaf, dumb and blind kid Sure plays a mean pinball.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Tommy's Holiday CampSee more »

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54 out of 61 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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