Director: Ken Russell
Writer: Pete Townshend
Genre: Rock Opera
Rock opera broken down through individual songs.
Captain Walker and Nora fall in love; he's sent off to war
- Captain Walker:
Captain Walker goes missing
- It's a Boy:
Nora gives birth to their son, Tommy, on the first day of peace
- Bernie's Holiday Camp:
R&R for Nora and Tommy at a holiday camp
- 1951/What About the Boy:
Nora hooks up with Bernie; Captain Walker returns from the war; Bernie kills Captain Walker; Tommy is struck blind, deaf and dumb as a result.
- Amazing Journey:
Tommy is still unresponsive, even at a circus
Nora worries about Tommy's soul on Christmas ("How can he be saved from the eternal grave?")
- Eyesight to the Blind:
Even the cult of Marilyn Monroe, led by preacher Eric Clapton, can't heal the now-adult Tommy.
- Acid Queen:
Even Tina Turner and all the acid in the world can't heal Tommy.
- Do You Think It's Alright? (I):
Should we leave Tommy with Cousin Kevin, the sadist?
- Cousin Kevin:
- Do You Think It's Alright? (II):
Should we leave Tommy with Uncle Ernie, the pervert?
- Fiddle About:
- Do You Think It's Alright? (III):
Should we leave Tommy alone by the mirror? Sure.
Tommy follows his mirror image to an abandoned junkyard, where he finds a working pinball machine
- Extra, Extra, Extra:
Turns out Tommy is *awesome* at pinball ("Always has a replay; never tilts the ball.")
- Pinball Wizard:
"That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball!"
Nora loves her son's newfound wealth and fame. And baked beans and champagne.
- There's A Doctor:
Can Jack Nicholson cure Tommy?
- Go to the Mirror:
- Tommy Can You Hear Me:
Car rides are fun! Tommy starts responding
- Smash the Mirror:
A frustrated Nora throws Tommy into the mirror, finally curing him. Thanks, mom.
- I'm Free:
Sight, sound and vision are awesome!
- Mother and Son:
Mom, stop being so damn shallow.
- Miracle Cure:
Tommy thinks playing pinball will spiritually cure *everyone*
- Sally Simpson:
Twerpy teen groupie Sally marries a rock star husband
Will working people and bikers accept a hang-gliding Tommy as their savior? Apparently so.
Come to Tommy's House of Lousy Fashion!
- T.V. Studio:
Tommy's awesome. Really. His mom even said so on TV.
- Tommy's Holiday Camp:
Tommy goes deeply commercial.
- We're Not Gonna Take It:
People start suspecting that Tommy is full of shit. They kill his mom and step-dad and destroy many pinball machines in the process.
- Listening to You/See Me, Feel Me:
An exhausted Tommy dives into water and is spiritually reborn (again). Let's hope this one takes.
- Nora writhing around in baked beans in Champagne
- Cousin Kevin, the nastiest play friend you ever did meet
- The Acid Queen - love her hypodermic needle iron maiden!
- Uncle Ernie, cracking an egg into a pint of Newcastle
- The Preacher's cult of Marilyn, complete with booze and pill communion
- Local Lad, the "Where's Waldo?" prototype, as the pinball champ
- The suave Specialist, chatting up Nora
- "Let's think of a nice game to play, now the grownups have all gone away."
- "I'm the gypsy. The acid queen. Pay me before I'm gone."
- "He's had a few too many drinks tonight."