Only Ken Russell could have done full cinematic justice to Pete Townshend's psychedelic rock opera about a blind pinball wizard. His creative tour-de-force boasts an incredible cast of musical talent, including The Who, Elton John, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, and errr… Jack Nicholson.
After witnessing the murder of his father, young Tommy goes into shock and loses his ability to see, speak or hear. When adult Tommy (Played by The Who’s frontman Roger Daltrey) has an encounter with a pinball machine it seems to re-awaken his senses and he soon becomes a pinball wizard with fame, fortune and messianic status following – but will these skills be enough for him to make it in the real world?
Featuring some of the most memorable visuals, sounds and performances in British cinema, there’s never been a movie musical quite like Tommy. At a time when British cinema mostly opted for dullness, Ken Russell and Pete Townshend showed us they could be daring, risky and madly inventive.