Critic Consensus: Tommy is as erratic and propulsive as a game of pinball, incorporating The Who's songs into an irreverent odyssey with the visual imagination that only director Ken Russell can conjure.
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as Nora Walker Hobbs
as Frank Hobbs
as Pinball Wizard
as Acid Queen
as Uncle Ernie
as The Specialist
as Capt. Walker
as Cousin Kevin
as Young Tommy
as Sally Simpson
as Rev. Simpson
as Mrs. Simpson
as Bovver Boy
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Critic Reviews for Tommy
What's really interesting about Tommy is that it is about how the generation who led the pop revolution of the 60s had vivid but undisclosed memories of their wartime childhoods.
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.
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.
Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.
Audience Reviews for Tommy
A young man grows up seemingly deaf and mute and becomes pinball champion and a leader of a religious cult. If I were doing one-sentence reviews, I would simply write, "What the fuck?" and that would be that. Since I feel the need to write more substantive reviews - what the actual fuck? This film is nuts. The plot is weird and non-sensical, the cinematography is an LSD trip, and the acting is over-blown. That said, Tommy is also a hell of a ride. Consistently engaging, it kept me guessing, and some of the musical numbers are well-choreographed. Overall ... what the actual fuck?
This is one of the oddest musicals of all, but it's also pretty cool, and has a lot of good music from the Who. Plus, there are a lot of stars in it.
The strangest and most interesting musical I have ever seen. Keith Moon's scene is by far the most interesting part, along with Ann-Margret's charisma and style.
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