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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.

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Frank
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Nora
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Tommy
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The Pinball Wizard
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The Preacher
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Himself
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Uncle Ernie
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Cousin Kevin
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The Specialist
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Captain Walker
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Himself
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The Acid Queen
Arthur Brown ...
The Priest
Victoria Russell ...
Sally Simpson
Ben Aris ...
Reverend Simpson
Mary Holland ...
Mrs. Simpson
Gary Rich ...
Rock Musician
Dick Allan ...
President Black Angels
Barry Winch ...
Young Tommy
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Bovver Boy
Liza Strike ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Gillian McIntosh ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Simon Townshend ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Vicki Brown ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Mylon LeFevre ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Kit Trevor ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Billy Nicholls ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Helen Shappel ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Jeff Roden ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Paul Gurvitz ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Margo Newman ...
Vocal Chorus (voice)
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Vocal Chorus (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Baker ...
Nurse #1 (uncredited)
Susan Baker ...
Nurse #2 (uncredited)
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Man with Knife (uncredited)
Imogen Claire ...
Nurse at the Specialist's Practice (uncredited)
Christine Hewett ...
Lady in Black Beauty Chocolate Commercial (uncredited)
Gillian King ...
Handmaiden to the Acid Queen (uncredited)
Juliet King ...
Handmaiden to the Acid Queen (uncredited)
Steven Longhurst ...
Tommy accolyte (uncredited)
James Payne ...
Man in Strip Club Collecting a Program (uncredited)
Alex Russell ...
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Cripple (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ken Russell

Written by

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The Who ... (by) (as 'The Who')
 
Ken Russell ... (screenplay)
 
Pete Townshend ... (rock opera)
 
John Entwistle ... (additional material) &
Keith Moon ... (additional material)

Produced by

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Harry Benn ... associate producer
Ken Russell ... producer
Christopher Stamp ... executive producer
Robert Stigwood ... producer
Beryl Vertue ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Dick Bush ... (photographed by)
Robin Lehman ... (special material)
Ronnie Taylor ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Stuart Baird

Editorial Department

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David Bernstein ... colorist (uncredited)
Sati Tooray ... colorist (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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John Clark

Costume Design by

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Shirley Russell ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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George Blackler ... makeup artist
Joyce James ... hairdresser
Peter Robb-King ... makeup artist

Production Management

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John Comfort ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jonathan Benson ... assistant director
John Smallcombe ... Assitant to the director
Gareth Tandy ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Gary White ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Terry Ackland-Snow ... assistant art director
Jack Carter ... construction manager
Paul Dufficey ... set designer
Christopher Hobbs ... sculptor
Harry Newman ... property master
Bryn Siddall ... buyer
Ian Whittaker ... set dresser
Michael Guyett ... scenic painter (uncredited)
Tim Hutchinson ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Iain Bruce ... sound recordist
John Mosely ... Quintophonic Sound® developer
Bill Rowe ... dubbing mixer
Les Healey ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dushko Indjic ... playback operator (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden ... boom operator (uncredited)
Alan O'Duffy ... additional recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Nobby Clark ... special effects (as Nobby Clarke)
Colin Chilvers ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Corbould ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Kelly ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Malcolm Bubb ... special optical effects (uncredited)
Sheldon Elbourne ... special optical effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Eddie Stacey ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bob Bremner ... gaffer
Eddie Collins ... camera operator
Malcolm Vinson ... focus puller
Graham Attwood ... still photographer (uncredited)
Dave Everall ... rigger (uncredited)
Dickie Lee ... key grip (uncredited)
Ronald Lenoir ... set rigger (uncredited)
Brian Smith ... best boy (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Richard Pointing ... wardrobe supervisor
Leonard Pollack ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Lee Bolon ... location manager
Ricky Green ... location manager

Music Department

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Richard Bailey ... musician
Howie Casey ... musician
Phil Chen ... musician
Eric Clapton ... musician
Dave Clinton ... musician
Ray Cooper ... musician
Geoff Daley ... musician
Graham Deakin ... musician
Bob Efford ... musician
John Entwistle ... musician
Martyn Ford ... theatre organ music arranger
Nicky Hopkins ... music arranger / musician
Elton John ... musician
Davey Johnstone ... musician
Franklin Jones Jr. ... music mixer: score mixer
Kenney Jones ... musician (as Kenny Jones)
Mike Kelly ... musician
Keith Moon ... musician
Dee Murray ... musician
Ron Nevison ... music recordist
Tony Newman ... musician
Nigel Olsson ... musician
Caleb Quaye ... musician
Mick Ralphs ... musician
Terry Rawlings ... music editor
Alan Ross ... musician
Ronnie Ross ... musician
Fuzzy Samuels ... musician
Gerald Shaw ... musician: theatre organ
Chris Stainton ... musician
Pete Townshend ... musical director
Ronnie Wood ... musician
Tony Stevens ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Ray Thomas ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Pete Townshend ... musician: arp synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, piano (uncredited)
Dave Wintour ... musician: bass (uncredited)

Other crew

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Gillian Gregory ... choreographer
Kit Lambert ... original record album producer
Kay Mander ... continuity
Robert Stigwood ... presenter
Pete Townshend ... music synthesizer programmer
Michael Anderson ... runner (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou ... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
James Payne ... utility stand-in (uncredited)
John Smallcombe ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Bill Curbishley ... our thanks to
Ken Messenger ... our thanks to: flyer
Dave Raymond ... our thanks to: flyer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Your senses will never be the same See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tommy: The Movie (United States)
  • Tommy by 'The Who' (United States)
  • Tomi (Serbia)
  • Tomis (Lithuania)
  • Томми (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The original choice to play the Acid Queen was David Bowie. See more »
Goofs Tommy's eye color changes from brown to blue when he grows up at the end of "Christmas". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Tommy: The Interactive Adventure (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Prologue-1945 See more »
Quotes Nora Walker Hobbs: Do you think it's alright To leave the boy with Cousin Kevin? Do you think it's alright? There's something 'bout him I Don't really like. Do you think it's alright?
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