Perfect marriage of rock opera and Ken Russell's over-indulgence. Triumph of set design and vision. Cast uniformily game in adapting Townsend's story of the deaf dumb and blind boy. Ann Margaret aces as Mrs Walker exhuding sex appeal and charm. Oliver Reed fun as Uncle Frank and Daltry perfect as Tommy. Lots of cameos, bizarre little moments and great music. A great film to experience again.
Not a great film, but worth seeing for two scenes in particular: Ann-Margret's orgasmic ecstasy amid bucketfuls of beans, chocolate, and soap, and Tina Turner's scorching hot, quiveringly insane rendition of "The Acid Queen". These are two of the greatest scenes of all-time. I'm less enthusiastic about the rest of Tommy, but at least it's never boring!
By no means an excellent film but clearly a great one. All Russel's strengths as a director (and some of his weaknesses, too) come together to create a stunning British farce masquerading as an epic melodrama. My fandom of The Who and general 1970s excess ensured I would love this film even before I saw it and despite growing older and wiser, I can't bring myself to love it any less. www.foec.wordpress.com
This was my favorite movie when I was 16. While I now have a more measured view of this film, I still respect both Ken Russell and Ann Margret for the blustering gusto in which they attacked this project. Its messy and beautiful with only Townshends wonderful rock opera keeping it from going too wild. It may no longer be my favorite, but I still love it.