Warner Home Video
When The Who's mammoth double album first appeared in 1969 it was hailed on both sides of the Atlantic as a rock masterpiece. Nothing as ambitious as a rock opera had ever been produced before and it became a landmark in the history of rock music. Ken Russell's screen version of the story of the boy who grows up deaf, dumb and blind, somehow survives a series of so-called miracle cures, becomes a Pinball Champion of the World, is freed of his disabilities and finally turns into the Superstar Messiah, is equally inventive. The most brilliant, imaginative and controversal film-maker of today, only Russell could have matched the verve and energy of the music with images of such power and vitality. Oliver Reed as Tommy's lumpen dad and Ann-Margret as his blowzy mum head the cast, which includes a host of glittering personalities from the world of Pop-Elton John as the Pinball Wizard, Tina Turner as the Acid Queen, Eric Clapton as the Preacher, and of course Roger Daltry (Tommy), keith Moon, Pete Townsend and John Entwistle of The Who. Tommyis a tour-de-force which never lets up.
Director: Ken Russell
Cast: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell, Pete Townshend, Tina Turner, Arthur Brown, Victoria Russell, Ben Aris
Genre: Music and Performing Arts, Drama
Small Box - Retail Tape
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