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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 »
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 »
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(273 articles)
User Reviews:
The Weird World of Ken Russell: Tommy See more (188 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
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)
 
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 | 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:
George Lucas was offered the chance to direct this movie in the early-1970s, but turned it down because he was developing American Graffiti (1973).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the climactic "Listening to You" where Roger (Tommy) is running and crawling through water (clearly soaked), the camera shot changes to meet Tommy as he emerges over the top of the mountain, completely dry.See more »
Quotes:
Nora Walker Hobbs:Do you think it's alright To leave the boy with Cousin Kevin? Do you think it's alright? There's something 'bout him I Don't really like. Do you think it's alright?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Do You Think It's Alright? (III)See more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Weird World of Ken Russell: Tommy, 30 July 2005

Tommy (1975) was the film adaptation of the Who's classic concept album Tommy. The film and the album are slightly different (the re-recorded songs pale to the real deal). But it was interesting to see avant-garde film maker Ken Russell re-imagine Tommy for the big screen. The movie has an all-star cast of eccentric and top stars (Oliver Reed, Ann-Margaret, Jack Nicholson) and pop stars (Tina Turner, Roger Daltry, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Elton John and The Who themselves, as a group on stage).

The music was changed and performed for the movie. Most of the dialog was sung (by all of the actors) and Ken Russell changed some of the story to fit the movie. If you're a fan of the album you might be disappointed by the movie. But it's worth a watch just to see Oliver Reed, Ann-Margaret (in total HOT mode) and the others as they make cameo appearances and guest spots. I was slight disappointed but I was pleased with the results. I just wished they used the original music whenever they could.

Recommended for Who and Ken Russell fans.

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