Tommy (1975) Poster



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Edited into 

Tommy: The Interactive Adventure (1996) (Video Game)
The CD contains clips from various adaptations of the album including the movie.


Frankenstein (1931)
guy looks like Frankenstein and has stiff movements, bolts in neck, etc.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
a statue of Marilyn Monroe depicts her with her dress billowing up like in the film
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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 in 

Saturday Night Live: Candice Bergen/Martha Reeves/The Stylistics (1975) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Pong skit
Taxi Driver (1976)
Title of this film is shown on a theater marquee.
Sneak Previews: Taxi Driver/The Man Who Would Be King/Hester Street/Manson/The Story of Adele H. (1976) (TV Episode)
Siskel and Ebert discuss the recently Oscar-nominated movies, including this one.
Saturday Night Live: Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (1976) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in One Flew Over The Hornet's Nest
The Gumball Rally (1976)
Poster displayed in shop window
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Episode #1.5 (1977) (TV Episode)
The Brady Kids sing "Pinball Wizard"
Quadrophenia (1979)
The pinball machine that Jimmy (Phil Daniels) plays is Buckaroo manufactured by Gottlieb 1965. This is the same machine played by Elton John in Tommy (1975).
On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (1979)
A poster is visible in Ziggy's room.
I Go Pogo (1980)
Night of the Comet (1984)
The movie poster is hanging on the wall in the cinema.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
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.
Laat maar zitten: Een dagje uit (1988) (TV Episode)
Rosenboom mentions Tommy the Rock Musical
The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy (1989) (TV Movie)
Film used as source material.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) (TV Episode)
Molly: Tommy, can you hear me? Joel: Can you feel me near you?
The Fisher King (1991)
A VHS of this film is on a shelf in the video store.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenagers from Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Tommy, I can hear you. I can feel you near me."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: So, any of you sure play a mean pinball?
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
"Tommy!" Tom: "Can you hear me? Can you feel me near you?"
Full House: Stephanie's Wild Ride (1994) (TV Episode)
Jesse mentions Tommy playing pinball
Mr. Show with Bob and David: What to Think (1995) (TV Episode)
Bob sings an a cappella version of the rock opera.
The Nanny: You Bette Your Life (1997) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the title character by name.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Squirm (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow starts singing "Pinball Wizard" as the girl walks off in thick high heeled sandals. Referring to Elton John's shoes in the Pinball Wizard scene.
Hellraisers (2000) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by narrator.
Like a Hurricane: The Alex Higgins Story (2001) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Steve Davis.
Mysterious Ways: The Last Dance (2001) (TV Episode)
Miranda mentions the film and an event from it.
Latter Days (2003)
Christian talks about Ann-Margret in The Who's Tommy
Gilmore Girls: The Festival of Living Art (2003) (TV Episode)
during Lane's band auditions, Lorelai mentions "deaf, dumb and blind" guitar players
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
In one scene, Joel wears a "Tommy" T-shirt.
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Brothers of the Head (2005)
Ken Russell mentions "that happened in 'Tommy'."
Alan Meets Roger Daltrey (2005) (Video)
The film is discussed
Criminal Minds: Plain Sight (2005) (TV Episode)
serial killer named for the title character; the Who's album mentioned
Movie Music Mania (2005) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent' (2006) (Video)
Film referenced.
Til Debt Do U$ Part: He Says, She Says (2007) (TV Episode)
Gails refers to Erica as a Pinball Wizard.
Special When Lit (2009)
Mentioned as the movie that redefined pinballs for a generation.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
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.
24: Day 8: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. (2010) (TV Episode)
Tarin refers to CTU as "deaf, dumb, and blind"
The Super Hero Squad Show: Whom Continuity Would Destroy! (2010) (TV Episode)
When Night Hawk mentions Tommy, Iron Man thinks he might mean the Rock Opera.
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
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."
Brows Held High: The Devils (2012) (TV Episode)
also directed by Ken Russell
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)
The Apple is described as Menaham Golan's Tommy.
BoJack Horseman: Zoës and Zeldas (2014) (TV Episode)
Todd compares his rock opera to the film.
Quand je ne dors pas (2015)
DVD seen
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Title is referenced by Greg, when he says that her wedding dress is 'as blue as Roger Daltrey's eyes in "Tommy"'.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.20 (2016) (TV Episode)
Lynda is asked a question about which Tina played The Acid Queen in the film during her Cash Builder round.

Featured in 

The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) (TV Special)
Nomination for best actress
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style (1983) (Video)
A clip is featured.
A British Picture (1989) (TV Movie)
Without Walls: The Obituary Show - Ken Russell (1993) (TV Episode)
clips shown
Seriously Funny: An Argument for Comedy (1996) (TV Mini-Series)
The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) (TV Movie)
Movie Music Mania (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007)
clips shown and dicussed
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.154 (2011) (TV Episode)
A fragment featuring Elton John is shown.
Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil (2012) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed

Spoofed in 

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
quoted lyrics
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
The musical sequence at the end parodies the movie 'Tommy'.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Pre-titles sequence with Meatloaf pastiches sequences from The Who's 'Tommy'

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