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Tommy (1975)

PG | | Drama, Musical | 26 March 1975 (UK)
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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the figurehead of a cult.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

The Who (by) (as 'The Who'), Ken Russell (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Arthur Brown ... The Priest
Victoria Russell Victoria Russell ... Sally Simpson
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Reverend Simpson
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Storyline

Nora Walker is told that her British fighter pilot husband is missing in action and presumed killed in World War II. On V.E. Day, Nora gives birth to their son, who she names Tommy. While Tommy is an adolescent, Nora marries Frank, a shifty camp counselor. Shortly thereafter, Tommy suffers an emotionally traumatic experience associated with his father and step-father, which, based on things told to him at that time, results in him becoming deaf, dumb and blind, a situation which several people exploit for their own pleasure. As Nora tries several things to bring Tommy out of his psychosomatic disabilities, Tommy, now a young man, happens upon pinball as a stimulus. Playing by intuition, Tommy becomes a pinball master, which in turn makes him, and by association Nora and Frank, rich and famous. Nora literally shatters Tommy to his awakening, which ultimately leads to both the family's rise and downfall as people initially try to emulate Tommy's path then rebel against it. Written by Huggo

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Your senses will never be the same

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tommy: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,251,525
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (as Quintophonic Sound®) (5.0 SQ Matrix)| Dolby (as Dolby System Noise Reduction - High Fidelity Optical Sound Track)| 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an odd bit of continuity, Barry Winch (who plays Tommy as a child) has brown eyes while Roger Daltrey (who plays him as an adult) is blue-eyed. See more »

Goofs

In the 'Blitz' scene (set during WW2) the first blazing wrecked car we see is a Ford Popular 100E - a model not produced until 1953. See more »

Quotes

Nora Walker Hobbs: Tommy, can you see me? Can I help to cheer you? Tommy, can you hear me? Can you feel me near you?
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Alternate Versions

In the UK PAL DVD version, during the "Uncle Ernie" scene, the final cut (or intended directors version) has a green filter effect throughout the entire scene. In the American version, the green filter effect is not present which means this effect was added at some point during post production. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

There's A Doctor
(uncredited)
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by Ronnie Wood, Alan Ross, Kenney Jones, Chris Stainton,
Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed
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The Weird World of Ken Russell: Tommy
30 July 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

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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