saw it back in the day...didnt like it then ( because of how the music and vocals were butchered) and thought I would give it another try....the music was still butchered and the drug induced psychedelic story was just so over the top it made me laugh my butt off. Oh and its fun to see NOW just how pathetic and cheap the costumes were...amazing what hi def and big screens can bring to a budget film.
"Tommy can you hear me?
I agree with the comment about being on drugs to enjoy this. 1975 film based on The Who's seminal 1969 album, which was later made into a Broadway musical. The story about a deaf, dumb, and blind kid, acid queens, messiahs, and, um, pinball is very much a product of the 60s, but the music is great. Unfortunately, it's mostly sung by actors who can't really sing (Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson). Ann-Margaret, who gives an enjoyably over the top performance, is an exception. The visuals are both striking and a bit insane (courtesy of borderline lunatic director Ken Russell). Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and the Who all have small parts. Roger Daltrey stars as "Tommy" and would work with Russell again on "Lisztomania."
Classic. Great symbolism, music and interesting story.
Saw it in the theatre when it came out. We watched it twice. Terrific.
love love love this movie. You won't be able to take your eyes off Ann-Margret. This film debuted in 1975 pre music videos showing the incredible vision Ken Russell shared of merging video and rock music to tell a story
Brilliant. You will be transfixed from start to finish.
Very strange, but definitely worth the Who's quirky storytelling - Ann-Margaret, Tina Turner, and Elton alone make this totally worth watching. Plus, the soundtrack is fantastic.
I'm fairly certain one has to be on drugs to really apprecitate this movie. The only good part of the Movie is Pinball Wizard with Elton John.
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