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"Tommy" the Movie

Good Christ what a ficking mess this is. Oliver Reed can't sing. Nobody can sing. The nice things about the original Tommy album -- the guitar work on Captain Walker, the plaintive tones of 21 -- destroyed.

Was it ever about the music?

by Anonymousreply 3606/30/2020

See me? Feel me? Touch me! Heal me!

by Anonymousreply 111/12/2015

What, you mean that it wasn't normal for beautiful women like Ann Margaret to get sprayed in chocolate?

by Anonymousreply 211/12/2015

I like it. Ken Russell was a crazed genius.

by Anonymousreply 311/12/2015

I was SO excited to see this and was SO freaked out once I did. Everyone was over the top and the music suffered as well. Like the added Champagne song but totally agree about " the plaintive tones of 21 -- destroyed" If they had only kept to the naturalism Russel displayed the birth scene throughout . Below is the Champagne song followed by what could have been a great moment if the actors had been reigned in; Mother Son

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by Anonymousreply 411/12/2015

Mother and Son

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by Anonymousreply 511/12/2015

Loved it.

by Anonymousreply 611/12/2015

[quote] Nobody can sing.

ExCUSE me?!

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by Anonymousreply 711/12/2015

[quote]Nobody can sing.

ExCUSE me?!? (Part deux)

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by Anonymousreply 811/12/2015

Gee OP, after playing over a year in theaters, and grossing $35 million on a $5 million budget in 1975 dollars, being nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Actress in a Leading Role Ann-Margret & Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation Pete Townshend, plus winning a Golden Globe- Best Motion Picture Actress Musical/Comedy - Ann-Margret, and nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male Roger Daltrey, with a Billboard number 2 soundtrack album, imagine the lost opportunity the film could have been your infinite wisdom. Pity.

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by Anonymousreply 1011/12/2015

I always thought it was a big bag of shit too !!

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by Anonymousreply 1211/12/2015

This was the film that made me realize that Ann-Margaret was a real acting talent. She not only gave a very good performance in an incoherent mess of a film, she did it for a director who clearly more into images than feeling. She held the film together single-handedly, while co-star Roger Daltrey was used as a photogenic object rather than an actor.

She gave the film heart, real feeling, and a story arc. When we finally see her happy and relaxed in the last act, it's startling.

by Anonymousreply 1311/12/2015

Elton and Tina were fabulous. So were Keith Moon and the cousin Kevin guy.

I also liked the extended Marilyn worship scene with Eric Clapton.

Of course, the last time I saw it, I was 16 and totally stoned.

by Anonymousreply 1411/12/2015

Tina can sing and act. Poor Elton can sing but that bitch canNOT act worth a damn.

by Anonymousreply 1511/13/2015

Oliver may not be a great singer, but he was serviceable and brought an amazing quality to that role

by Anonymousreply 1611/13/2015

And put in your ear plugs Put on your eye shades You know where to put the cork

by Anonymousreply 1711/13/2015

Ann-Margret writhing in baked beans? What more could you ask?

by Anonymousreply 1811/13/2015

Was everyone involved on drugs?

by Anonymousreply 1906/27/2020

I've never seen the movie (I was too young at the time), but listened to the album when I was a kid. The music is pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 2006/27/2020

I didn't understand why Uncle Ernie sang about fiddling, but there was no fiddle playing on the song.

by Anonymousreply 2106/27/2020

R20 the movie re-recorded the music. It doesn’t use the album version.

by Anonymousreply 2206/27/2020

R21 I think he was talking about fiddling with Tommy’s junk.

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by Anonymousreply 2406/27/2020

[quote]the movie re-recorded the music. It doesn’t use the album version.

I explicitly said I heard only the album.

by Anonymousreply 2506/27/2020

Pinball wizard was a huge hit in 1975;

I had the vinyl.

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by Anonymousreply 2606/29/2020

God was Roger Daltry hot in this. It was pretty unusual for a guy to have a ripped body like that back in the 70s. Did he work out or was he just naturally that buff? Russell shamelessly shows off Daltry’s body throughout, thankfully.

by Anonymousreply 2706/29/2020

I watched it a few weeks ago for the first time: I hate Ken Russell, I hate 1970s psychedelic rock music and I fucking hate musicals but somehow I loved this one. It's just so crazy and over-the-top that it's impossible not to like it...Unless you're the OP of this thread.

That Tina Turner sequence has to be one of the kookiest and most fabulous movie scenes of all time.

by Anonymousreply 2806/29/2020

He was a sheet-metal worker, r27.

by Anonymousreply 2906/29/2020

What stuck me was that even though “Tommy” is known for being an outlandish film, the shots and editing were relatively tame, especially on Pinball Wizard, which has a lot of static and downright awkward shots

I wish KR went all-out with crazy camera angles and dolly shots. Visually, “Tommy” is tame in comparison to other musicals like “All That Jazz” and other KR films like “Salome’s Last Dance”.

Maybe this was because most of the budget was spent on securing the music rights and the A-list cast.

by Anonymousreply 3006/29/2020

[quite]God was Roger Daltry hot in this. It was pretty unusual for a guy to have a ripped body like that back in the 70s.

No, it wasn't. You see life through gay glasses.

[quote] Did he work out or was he just naturally that buff?

He had what used to be called, a good body. No need to go to the gym 8 days a week.

by Anonymousreply 3106/29/2020

I have only a dim memory of this film except my bitchy friends saying Daltrey had a fish face.

by Anonymousreply 3206/29/2020

R32 He cast HOT women line Anne Margaret and Tina Turner, while the men were all ugly like fish-face Daltry, the witch Jack Nicholson, and a belligerent leprechaun (Oliver Reed).

It turns out that Ken Russell was not a homosexual.

by Anonymousreply 3306/29/2020

R33, most of the men in the film were unattractive, but Daltrey was shot lovingly, with lots of closeups that made him look angelic. I don't think Russell was in love with Daltrey or anything, in fact after seeing his movie about Tchaikovsky I'm convinced the man was completely straight. I think all the flattering closeups were meant to cover his deficiencies as an actor.

Whatever, it's Ann-Margaret's movie from beginning to end. It's really an incoherent mess, but she makes it work by giving it depth and feeling.

by Anonymousreply 3406/29/2020

When I was 13 all my friends went to see this and I missed out. They talked about it intensely for years and I could barely understand what they were saying.

by Anonymousreply 3506/29/2020

I love this movie, even Jack Nicholson and Oliver Reed's little duet, BUT the last twenty minutes (once Tommy is healed and Roger Daltry goes all solo) sucks.

I hate when the last twenty minutes of an otherwise good movie suck.

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