Tommy (The Movie), 1975: Cast List Of The Who's Rock Opera

By | March 22, 2021

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Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey, and Elton John in 'Tommy.' Source: IMDB

The 1975 musical film Tommy, based on the Pete Townshend-penned rock opera of the same name, brought together a cast of Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and Jack Nicholson. It was a showcase of rock royalty and major screen stars, with The Who's Roger Daltrey playing the title role.

Arcade addicts everywhere received praise for their ability to “sure play a mean pinball” when The Who released their 1975 trippy rock opera film Tommy. The musical was based on the band’s 1969 breakthrough album of the same name, which proved rock ‘n’ roll had infinite possibilities in story telling with their experimental approach to the record. Each song contributes to Tommy’s story in a linear style and were sung again for the film -- only this time, an all-star cast list brought Townshend's lyrics to life.

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In the movie, Tommy is a normal kid until a traumatic experience sends him into a life of turmoil. Nora, Tommy’s mother, believes her husband was killed in World War II so she moves on years later and begins a romantic relationship with “Uncle” Frank. Unbeknownst to the family, the husband had survived the war and after catching the new couple in bed together, he tries to murder the boyfriend. Frank ends up murdering him instead in a violent fight. Tommy witnessed the entire scene and is sent into an emotional whirlwind that leaves him deaf, mute, and blind. Despite the loss of his senses, Tommy miraculously puts all of his focus on pinball and becomes a rich world champion while becoming unexplainably healed. Through his achievements, Tommy becomes a cult leader inspiring others to follow him. Although it seemed as if happiness would reign for the remainder of his days, the film ends in continuous tragedy.