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Tommy (The Who)

Directed by Ken Russell

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Tommy is a British independent rock musical fantasy drama film based upon The Who’s 1969 rock opera album Tommy about a “seemingly disabled” boy who becomes a pinball champion and religious leader. Directed by Ken Russell, the film featured a star-studded ensemble cast, including the band members themselves (most notably, lead singer Roger Daltrey, who plays the title role), Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Jack Nicholson.

Tommy was released by Columbia Pictures in the US on 19 March 1975 while in the UK it was released on 26 March 1975. Ann-Margret received a Golden Globe Award for her performance and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Pete Townshend was also nominated for an Oscar for his work in scoring and adapting the music for the film. The film was shown at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition. In 1975, the film won the award for Rock Movie of the Year in the First Annual Rock Music Awards.

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DirectorKen Russell

CastElton John | Oliver Reed Ann-Margret | Roger Daltrey Tina Turner | Eric Clapton Jack Nicholson

Total running time111min

Date of performance2019-07-25

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