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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-Margaret) 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."
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 19
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It's all fairly excessive and far from subtle, but in this case good taste would have been wildly inappropriate and a fearful drag.
Fresh: One thing is sure: there has never been a movie musical quite like Tommy, a weird, crazy, wonderfully excessive version of The Who's rock opera.
Fresh: Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.
Rotten: This 1975 film's inventiveness begins to flag about halfway through, but by then it's a relief. If only Wagner could have lived to see this.
Ann-Margret was robbed of an Oscar
Ann-Margret’s performance was Oscar worth and she was robbed of her Oscar. Outstanding production with an all star supporting cast. Made before MTV Kern ;/''Russell was a true visionary. Visually and musically stunning Tommy and its back story are more relevant today than they were in 1975. A true classic but be forewarned. This is not your average musical. Seeing Ann-Margret in this in 1975 made me alive long fan.
- Genre: Musicals
- Released: 1999
- © 1975, renewed 2003 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.