Dave's Next 50
Director: Ken Russell
Starring: Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, Robert Powell, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Pete Townsend
Release Date: Mar. 19, 1975
Running Time: 111 min
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Musical
I saw the film when it came out at age 13, along with my mother, uncle, and sister. I loved it, though the rest of my family hated it. My mother even covered my sister and my eyes through three scenes, Uncle Ernie, the Hells Angels' gang warfare, and Tommy's cult's rebellion at the end of the movie.
In any case, I have watched it about ten times, mostly on videotape. The story has a lot of meaning to me and I think I have been able to interpret much of it over the years.
The following songs appear in the film but not on the original album:
Warning: Many of these clips are not appropriate for children.
Here's the original trailer.
Here's a clip of "Bernie's Holiday Camp" and "1951 (What About the Boy?)".
Here's a clip of "Christmas", Tommy's first Christmas party, which he cannot enjoy due to his condition.
Here's a clip of "Eyesight to the Blind" by Eric Clapton.
Here's Tina Turner's performance of "Acid Queen" in which she gets Tommy high on drugs.
Here's a clip of Tommy's sadistic Cousin Kevin.
Here's a clip of Tommy with his perverted Uncle Ernie.
Here's a clip of Tommy's discovery of pinball, to the tune of "Sparks".
Here's the classic performance of "Pinball Wizard", featuring Elton John as the pinball champion.
Here's a clip of Ann Margret getting drunk to the tune of "Champagne".
Here's a clip of Tommy singing "I'm Free" after he regains his senses.
Here's a clip of Pete Townsend welcoming converts to "Tommy's Holiday Camp".
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