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Tommy (1975)

Cast: Ann-Margret, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, more...
Director: Ken Russell, Ken Russell
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Cult, Foreign, UK, Musicals
Running Time: 111 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Tommy (Roger Daltrey) is a "deaf, dumb and blind kid" who retreats into himself after the death of his father. His mother, Nora (Ann-Margret), and stepfather Frank (Oliver Reed) take him to see a specialist (Jack Nicholson) but Tommy is apparently a hopeless case. That is, until Tommy discovers that "he sure plays a mean pinball." Tommy gains fame when he defeats the Pinball Wizard (Elton John) for the world championship. As a result, Tommy becomes such a celebrity that he even founds his own religious cult. But his fans begin to commercialize his fame, while Tommy wants to stick to the straight and narrow. When Tommy wants to end the commercialization of his message, his supporters accuse him of being hypocritical and turn on him. Ann-Margret, with a slinky red dress slit way up the side, was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, losing out to Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Aspires to be much more by chester March 6, 2003 - 8:17 AM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The best summary for this movie would have to be "disappointing;" the high rating is purely for the music. While the music is, of course, wonderful, and the cameos are great, the movie itself stops short and becomes a bizarre foray into weirdness. And while it's nice to have the option for widescreen (though I can't stand two-sided DVDs), the extras are pretty nonexistant. If you like weird, you're better off renting something like Brazil. If you like weird with music, there's obviously The Wall. Of course if you're a Who fan, you should probably see this once regardless...

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