Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way. The enormous appeal of the original 1969 record album by The Who has been complemented in a superbly added visual dimension.

Ken Russell’s filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way. The enormous appeal of the original 1969 record album by The Who has been complemented in a superbly added visual dimension.

Young Tommy, traumatized when he sees his real father Robert Powell accidentally killed in an argument with stepfather Oliver Reed as mother Ann-Margret watches in horror, grows up amid an atmosphere of cruel exploitation and abuse. Even his miraculous recovery, and subsequent delusions of grandeur, simply extend the ripoff.

Among the cameo players, Elton John plays the pinball wizard and Eric Clapton is well featured as a preacher and Tina Turner virtually rips the screen apart with her animalistic Acid Queen.

1975: Nominations: Best Actress (Ann-Margaret), Adapted Score

Tommy

UK

Production

Columbia. Director Ken Russell; Producer Robert Stigwood; Screenplay Ken Russell; Camera Dick Bush; Editor Stuart Baird; Music Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon; Art Director John Clark

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 111 MIN.

With

Ann-Margret Oliver Reed Roger Daltrey Elton John Eric Clapton Jack Nicholson
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