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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 true taste of the '70s See more (193 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:
Cameo: [Barry Gibb]Person who pushes one of the wheel chairs during "Eyesight to the Blind/Marilyn Monroe" sequence.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:
Cousin Kevin:[Starts singing while playing on the piano] We're on our own, Cousin; all alone, Cousin! Let's think of a nice game to play... while the grown-ups have all gone away!
[pause]
Cousin Kevin:You won't be much fun, being blind, deaf and dumb, but I've no one to play with today!
[He grabs Tommy's head and places a brown bag over him while he continues singing]
Cousin Kevin:Do you know how to play hide and seek? To find me it would take you a week!
Cousin Kevin:[pause]
[Cousin Kevin grabs a chair and hits Tommy with it]
Cousin Kevin:But tied to that chair you won't go anywhere; there's a lot I can do to a freak!
[Cousin Kevin sings while he is shown torturing Tommy in the bathtub]
Cousin Kevin:How would you feel if I turned on the bath, ducked your head under and started to laugh?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
We're Not Gonna Take ItSee more »

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48 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
A true taste of the '70s, 14 January 2005
Author: s-dewitt from Hilo, USA

Tommy is one of those films I can watch again and again. I guess I first saw it when I was about 15, and what made most immediate impact was the music. Strident and tightly coupled to the plot. The Who are brilliant, and Elton John as the Pinball Wizard is just mind blowing (if slightly camp).

I have since watched it countless times and it wasn't til I watched it in, how shall I put this, an illegal state of mind, that I actually realised how well the film hangs together and it's real meaning. Up until then I mainly watched it for the music, but after that it became a whole different ballgame, and I watched it to extract more of what Ken Russell was really trying to get at.

Anyone younger than about 30 probably will not understand this film at all, but if you are of the right generation, see it a couple of times because you may not get the meaning the first viewing.

Several memorable performances - Elton John as the Pinball Wizard, Keith Moon as Uncle Ernie, Ann Margaret as Tommy's mother and - of course - Ollie Reed who has never done a bad film.

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