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111 min
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Ken Russell
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 1975-03-26
Filming Locations: Cumbria, England, UK
Budget: $5,000,000
Gross: $34,251,525 (USA)SEK 1,152,866 (Sweden)
Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
Roger Daltrey
Tommy Walker
Elton John
The Pinball Wizard
Eric Clapton
The Preacher
John Entwistle
John Entwistle
Keith Moon
Uncle Ernie
Paul Nicholas
Cousin Kevin
Jack Nicholson
The Specialist
Robert Powell
Captain Walker
Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
Tina Turner
The Acid Queen
Arthur Brown
The Priest
Victoria Russell
Sally Simpson
Ben Aris
Reverend Simpson
Mary Holland
Mrs. Simpson
Gary Rich
Rock Musician
Dick Allan
President Black Angels
Barry Winch
Young Tommy
Eddie Stacey
Bovver Boy
Liza Strike
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Gillian McIntosh
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Simon Townshend
Vocal Chorus / Newsboy (voice)
Vicki Brown
Vocal Chorus / Nurse #2 (voice)
Mylon LeFevre
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Kit Trevor
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Billy Nicholls
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Helen Shappel
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Jeff Roden
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Paul Gurvitz
Vocal Chorus (voice)
Margo Newman
Vocal Chorus / Nurse #1 (voice)
Alison Dowling
Vocal Chorus /
Jennifer Baker
Nurse #1 (uncredited)
Susan Baker
Nurse #2 (uncredited)
Peter Brace
Man with Knife (uncredited)
Imogen Claire
Nurse at the Specialist's Practice (uncredited)
Christine Hewett
Lady in Black Beauty Chocolate Commercial (uncredited)
Gillian King
Handmaiden to the Acid Queen
Juliet King
Handmaiden to the Acid Queen
Steven Longhurst
Tommy accolyte (uncredited)
James Payne
Man in Strip Club Collecting a Program (uncredited)
Alex 'Alien' Russell
Ken Russell
Cripple (uncredited)
Did you know?
The Pinball Wizard sequence was filmed in the Kings Theatre in Southsea. This is not the same theatre in which Ken Russell filmed his earlier work The Boy Friend (1971). This was filmed at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. Both theatres are still very much active.
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According to Ken Russell's DVD commentary, Elton John initially turned down the part of the Pinball Wizard; one of those seriously considered for the role was David Essex, who recorded a version of the "Pinball Wizard" at his home studio. However producer Robert Stigwood held out to get Elton John, who finally agreed to play the role on the condition that he could keep the oversized Doc Martin boots from his costume.
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The pinball machine played by Roger Daltrey is Gottlieb's "Kings & Queens".
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During "Eyesight to the Blind", Clapton's hand movements do not at all match his guitar playing on the song.
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Towards the end of the movie, just after Tommy puts Nora and Frank's hands together, Nora's little finger moves just slightly.
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When Cousin Kevin is ironing Tommy after having given him the fire hose treatment, the iron is not plugged in. The power cord is actually in his hand along with the iron.
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Tommy: Right behind you I see the millions. On you I see the glory. From you I get opinions. From you I get the story. Listening to you I get the music. Gazing at you I get the heat. Following you I climb the mountain. I get excitement at your feet!
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The Specialist: [singing] He seems to be completely unreceptive. The tests I gave him showed no sense at all!
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Frank Hobbs: and Tommy doesn't know what day it is / He doesn't know who Jesus was or what praying is / How can he be saved / from the eternal grave?
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Photos from cast
Ann-Margret Oliver Reed