Tommy

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Drama Musical
  • Release year: 1975
  • Running time: 111 min
This classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many stars of the rock music industry. Told through the remarkable music of The Who, this is the story of Tommy, who, when just a boy of six, witnessed the murder... read more
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This classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many stars of the rock music industry. Told through the remarkable music of The Who, this is the story of Tommy, who, when just a boy of six, witnessed the murder of his father by his mother (Ann-Margret) and her lover (Oliver Reed). They command him, “You didn’t hear it, you didn’t see it, and you won’t say anything to anyone…” As a result, the traumatized boy retreats into the shadows of his mind and becomes deaf, dumb and blind. Growing into manhood, Tommy (Roger Daltrey) is subjected to several bizarre cure attempts by The Acid Queen (Tina Turner), the Preacher (Eric Clapton), and the Specialist (Jack Nicholson). In spite of his handicap, Tommy defeats the Pinball Wizard (Elton John) and becomes the champ, attaining a devoted following. When he is finally cured, he is hailed by his fans as a “Messiah.”

Original Release

03/19/1975

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Cast

Oliver Reed Frank
Ann-Margret Nora
Roger Daltrey Tommy
Elton John The Pinball Wizard
Eric Clapton The Preacher
Jack Nicholson The Specialist
John Entwistle Himself
Keith Moon Uncle Ernie
Paul Nicholas Cousin Kevin
Robert Powell Captain Walker
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ken Russell

Writers

Pete Townshend, Ken Russell, The Who, John Entwistle, Keith Moon

Cast

Oliver Reed Frank
Ann-Margret Nora
Roger Daltrey Tommy
Elton John The Pinball Wizard
Eric Clapton The Preacher
Jack Nicholson The Specialist
John Entwistle Himself
Keith Moon Uncle Ernie
Paul Nicholas Cousin Kevin
Robert Powell Captain Walker
Pete Townshend Himself
Tina Turner The Acid Queen
Arthur Brown The Priest
Victoria Russell Sally Simpson
Ben Aris Reverend Simpson
Peter Brace Man with Knife
Steven Longhurst Tommy accolyte
James Payne Man in Strip Club Collecting a Program
Alex 'Alien' Russell
Ken Russell Cripple

Producers

Christopher Stamp Executive Producer
Beryl Vertue Executive Producer
Robert Stigwood Executive Producer
Ken Russell Producer
Robert Stigwood Producer
Harry Benn Producer
Christopher Stamp Producer
Beryl Vertue Producer

Editors

Stuart Baird

1976 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1976 Oscar Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation Nominated
1976 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1976 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Won
1976 Golden Globe Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male Nominated
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