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Tommy [VHS] [1975]

4.4 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John, Eric Clapton
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Writers: John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend, Ken Russell, The Who
  • Producers: Beryl Vertue, Christopher Stamp
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Sept. 1998
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004R6C7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Classic Seventies rock opera composed by Peter Townsend of The Who and directed by the eccentric Ken Russell. The story follows a deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure plays a mean pinball, acquiring a messianic status as he tours the country. The star-studded cast includes Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner and Elton John.

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If you've ever wanted to hear Jack Nicholson sing (or try to) or marvel at the sight of Ann-Margret drunkenly cavorting in a cascade of baked beans, Tommy is the movie you've been waiting for. As it turns out, the Who's brilliant rock opera is sublimely matched to director Ken Russell's penchant for cinematic excess, and this 1975 production finds Russell at the peak of his filmmaking audacity. It's a fever-dream of musical bombast, custom-fit to the thematic ambition of Pete Townshend's epic rock drama, revolving around the titular "deaf, dumb, and blind kid" (played by Who vocalist Roger Daltrey) who survives the childhood trauma that stole his senses to become a Pinball Wizard messiah in Townshend's grandiose attack on the hypocrisy of organised religion.

The story is remarkably coherent considering the hypnotic dream-state induced by Russell's visuals. Tommy's odyssey is rendered through wall-to-wall music, each song representing a pivotal chapter in Tommy's chronology, from the bloodstream shock of "The Acid Queen" (performed to the hilt by Tina Turner) to Nicholson's turn as a well-intentioned physician, Elton John's towering rendition of "Pinball Wizard" and Daltrey's epiphanous rendition of "I'm Free". Other performers include Eric Clapton and (most outrageously) the Who's drummer Keith Moon, and through it all Russell is almost religiously faithful to Townshend's artistic vision. Although it divided critics when first released, Tommy now looks likes a minor classic of gonzo cinema, worthy of the musical genius that fuelled its creation. --Jeff Shannon

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