guy looks like Frankenstein and has stiff movements, bolts in neck, etc.
Many shots directly reference Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, in particular the shot in which the Doctor (Nicholson) has strapped Tommy to a chair and put a very similar apparatus on his face and eyes.
Referenced during Pong skit
Siskel and Ebert discuss the recently Oscar-nominated movies, including this one.
Mentioned in One Flew Over The Hornet's Nest
Poster displayed in shop window
The Brady Kids sing "Pinball Wizard"
A poster is visible in Ziggy's room.
The movie poster is hanging on the wall in the cinema.
The character of "Captain Walker", the absent father-figure/savior/pilot, is clearly a reference to "Captain Walker" from the film Tommy. Also, the presence of Tina Turner (who protrayed the "Acid Queen" in "Tommy") strengthens the connections between the two movies.
Rosenboom mentions Tommy the Rock Musical
Film used as source material.
Molly: Tommy, can you hear me? Joel: Can you feel me near you?
A VHS of this film is on a shelf in the video store.
Joel: "Tommy, I can hear you. I can feel you near me."
Servo: So, any of you sure play a mean pinball?
"Tommy!" Tom: "Can you hear me? Can you feel me near you?"
Jesse mentions Tommy playing pinball
Fran mentions the title character by name.
Miranda mentions the film and an event from it.
Christian talks about Ann-Margret in The Who's Tommy
during Lane's band auditions, Lorelai mentions "deaf, dumb and blind" guitar players
In one scene, Joel wears a "Tommy" T-shirt.
Video case is shown in a video store.
Ken Russell mentions "that happened in 'Tommy'."
The film is discussed
serial killer named for the title character; the Who's album mentioned
Referenced by name
Mentioned as the movie that redefined pinballs for a generation.
The man that percy talks to in the Lotus Casino that is from 1971 is wearing a T-Shirt of the band The Who. The man is also playing pinball. This is a reference to one of the band's albums "Tommy". The album is a "rock-opera" whose main character, Tommy, is amazing at pinball, hence the man wearing the Who T-Shirt playing pinball.
Tarin refers to CTU as "deaf, dumb, and blind"
When Night Hawk mentions Tommy, Iron Man thinks he might mean the Rock Opera.
Slick asks Abby "Can you see me? Can you hear me? Can you feel me?" mimicking Tommy's "See me, feel me, touch me, heal me."
also directed by Ken Russell
Todd compares his rock opera to the film.
Nomination for best actress
A clip is featured.
Clips are shown
clips shown and dicussed
Clips seen and discussed
The musical sequence at the end parodies the movie 'Tommy'.
Pre-titles sequence with Meatloaf pastiches sequences from The Who's 'Tommy'