• Tommy (1975)


Release Date: 1975

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 1999

PG |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

After seeing his stepfather murder his father during an argument over his mother (Ann-Margret), young Tommy goes into shock, suddenly becoming psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind. As a teenager, Tommy (Roger Daltrey) stumbles upon a pinball machine and discovers he is a natural prodigy at the game. Fame and fortune follow for Tommy, as he first becomes a pinball champion and later the messiah of a religious cult who view his pinball skills as a miraculous sign of divine intervention.

Cast: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret , Oliver Reed, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell

Director: Ken Russell

Genres: Musical

Production Co: Hemdale Film Corporation [us]

Keywords: 1940s, Mother, Fall, 1950s, Rise, Offbeat, Doctor, 1960s, England, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Russell doesn't give a damn about the material he started with, greatest art work of the century or not, and he just goes ahead and gives us one glorious excess after another. He is aided by his performers, especially Ann-Margret, who is simply great as Tommy's mother. show more

  • 90

    Russell has created what is surely the loudest, most assaultive movie musical ever made and stretched the genre into a new realm - the phantasmagorical nightmare. [24 Mar 1975, p.24]

  • 50
    Time Out

    The Who's ludicrous rock opera was in fact tailor-made for the baroque, overblown images and simplistic symbolism of Russell's style, which only means that this is both the movie in which he is most faithful to the ideas and tone of his material, and one of his very worst films. show more

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Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actress
Nominated Music (Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation -or- Scoring: Adaptation)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical