In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
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
The pinball machines that appear in this movie are: From Gottlieb - Bonanza (1964), World Fair (1964), Kings & Queens (1965), Buckaroo (1965), Bank-A-Ball (1965), Masquerade (1966) Super Score (1967), Sing-A-Long (1967), Four Seasons (1968), Royal Guard (1968) From Williams - Soccer Kick Off (1958), Satellite (1958), Spot Pool (1959), Coquette (1962), Soccer (1964), Lucky Strike (1965), Hot Line (1966), Big Strike (1966), Magic City (1967), Touchdown (1967) From Bally - Grand Tour (1964), Gay Cruise (1965), Magic Circle (1965), Bazaar (1966), Rocket III (1967), On Beam (1969) From Chicago Coin - Royal Flash (1964), Festival (1967), Twinky (1967), Play Time (1968), Action (1969) From Automaticos - Dig-A-Star (1966), Big Fair (1968), Flamenco Show (1968), Rallye (1968) From Games Incorporated - Skill Race (1962) From Keeney - Eleven Belles (1960) See more »
In the "Pinball Wizard" scene the "Pinball Wizard" (Elton John) pulls the handle to launch the pinball on his machine. The ball is then lost when it goes below the paddles. During the rest of the scene there is a ball in the machine even though Elton John doesn't pull the handle to launch a ball again. See more »
[Uncle Ernie sings while sexually abusing Tommy]
I'm your wicked Uncle Ernie; I'm glad you won't see or hear me, as I fiddle about, fiddle about, fiddle about!
Your mother left me here to mind you... so I can do exactly what I bloody well want to!
[Uncle Ernie continues to torture Tommy]
Fiddling about, fiddling about, fiddling about, fiddle about!
[Uncle Ernie molests Tommy in his bed]
Down with the bedclothes, up with the nightshirt! Fiddle about, fiddle about, FIDDLE ABOUT!
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New CGI shots have been added to the DVD version of the film. These include:
digital burning embers to the RAF planes being shot down in Tommy's first hallucination in the "Amazing Journey" song scene.
A birds'-eye-view shot of Tommy falling down through the shattered mirror into the water in the transition between the "Smash The Mirror!" song scene and the "I'm Free" song scene.
Tommy tells the story of a woman who loses her husband in the war and gives birth to their son soon after. Six years later she falls for a new man, but Captain Walker returns home, having been in a POW camp for years. Mrs. Walker's new love kills the boy's father right in front of him, and together they drill into him that he didn't see it, he didn't hear it, and he won't say nothing to no one ever in his life. This causes the boy to fall deaf, dumb, and blind, much to his mother's bewilderment. The movie follows his adventures from the strange attempts at curing him (including drugs and cult worship), and the torture he endures (a sadistic cousin and a perverted uncle), all the way to when he becomes a pinball champion, and becomes such a celebrity that he even starts a religion. Based on the 1969 concept album by The Who, Tommy tells a good story and is loads of fun to watch.
Tommy is a great musical film because it has what musicals need to be successful...Great music. The Who's album Tommy is an amazing album with some really great songs. It is credited as being the first rock opera ever written. The plot line of the album is vague, and you're forced to make guesses, but here in this movie you can get the whole story. The music in the movie is different from the album. It features more instruments, including synthesizer, which I love. Every song in the movie makes you bob your head and tap your feet. The sets and the story are very good. The movie features some really weird imagery in some scenes, but it makes the movie fun. I only have one real problem with the film. The first half of the film is a blast. The awesome songs and characters (my favourite being Cousin Kevin), the great story, everything. However, once the Pinball Wizard scene is over, the movie begins to drag ever so slightly, but when Tommy is cured and starts his own religion, the movie begins to grow too long. I would have liked it better if the movie ended with Tommy being cured. All the fun is gone once Tommy is cured.
The performances in this movie are great for the most part. There are some really great singers and actors involved in this movie. Oliver Reed and Ann-Margaret give great performances as Tommy's parents, though Reed can't really sing. Elton John and Keith Moon give memorable and hilarious performances as the Pinball Wizard and Uncle Ernie. Jack Nicholson did pretty good as the Doctor for someone who's not a singer. Eric Clapton and Tina Turner did good in their roles as well. Roger Daltrey was the perfect Tommy even though all he had to do was stare with a blank look on his face.
Overall, Tommy is a great 70's musical with fantastic performances, but after a while it starts to lose momentum. There might be some boredom near the end.
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