Tommy (1975)



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Movie Info

A boy born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in his youth. He eventually gains fame as a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah and attempts to lead a religious sect.

Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Russell, John Entwistle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 1999
Sony Pictures


as Nora Walker Hobbs

as Frank Hobbs

as Pinball Wizard

as Acid Queen

as Preacher

as The Specialist

as Capt. Walker

as Cousin Kevin

as Young Tommy

as Sally Simpson

as Rev. Simpson

as Mrs. Simpson

as Bovver Boy

as Handmaiden

as Handmaiden

as Himself

as Uncle Ernie
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Critic Reviews for Tommy

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This is both the movie in which [Russell] is most faithful to the ideas and tone of his material, and one of his very worst films.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's all fairly excessive and far from subtle, but in this case good taste would have been wildly inappropriate and a fearful drag.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The effect is exhilarating and exhausting.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tommy

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.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

wild and imaginative. Ann-Margret is amazing.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Tommy Quotes

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