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 »
Nora Walker Hobbs:
Got a feeling '51 is gonna be a good year, especially if we see it out together.
So you think '51 is gonna be a good year? We'll marry now and see it out together.
Nora Walker Hobbs:
I have no reason to be over optimistic, but somehow when you smile I can brave bad weat
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New music has been added to the 5.1 recreation of the Original Quintaphonic Mix on the US DVD version. The new audio elements include:
a new guitar solo (presumably Pete Townshend recorded in 1993 during THE WHO'S TOMMY ON BROADWAY Original Cast Recording recording sessions) laid atop the instrumental breakdown in the song "1951 (You Didn't Hear It)"
a brand new remix of the song "Cousin Kevin" in place of the original mix.
It's been interesting reading all the reviews here for this movie. It seems you either love or hate "Tommy". I find it odd that you could completely hate a movie with the music of "Tommy". If you love the songs there has to be something about it then right?
I happen to be an admirer of the film. It's not a masterpiece but it succeeds more then it fails. Director Ken Russell has brought his weird sensibilities and ideas to the film and made it more a series of scenes then a coherent story. Yes it is bizarre. Yes it is odd. But the music keeps the film alive and flowing.
It seems apparent that Russell the director may have let some scenes run on a bit too long (the Marilyn Monroe worship scene for one), perhaps because he was bereft of ideas. But he always had the music.
The performances range from terrific to downright awful. Ann Margret is the best thing about this movie. Her Oscar nomination was more then deserving. Her fabulous voice went well with the songs she is asked to perform. Oliver Reed was always a dependable performer but he can't sing worth a lick. Either he should have been dubbed or the part re-cast. Roger Daltrey is just fine in the title role. Basically all he does is sing and smile. For the female fans out there he does go shirtless a lot as well.
There are many cameos in the film worth noting. All the members of The Who are seen though only Keith Moon has a role to speak of. Pete Townshend and John Entwistle are relegated to performing on stage in the worship scene. Tina Turner is the Acid Queen in a bizarre scene that doesn't quite work. Jack Nicholson (and this may be the only time this can be said about him) may be the worst thing in the whole movie. His role as a doctor is short but not so sweet. He sings but is a terrible singer. It's an embarrassing scene and no surprise that he never mentions this role. Paul Nicholas, as cousin Kevin, who babysits Tommy and subsequently tortures him is terrific.
On the whole most of the sequences work. For me the two best sequences are the pinball wizard tournament (with Elton John) and the making of a groupie sequence. And just remember, it's all in the music.
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