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Dandontdare

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Re: Help me understand this film
« Reply #15 on: 04 November, 2021, 04:00:29 PM »
Tommy was one of the first albums I had, so I knew the story before I saw the film and absolutely love both.

Basically, young Tommy's dad is "killed" in the war, and he goes deaf dumb and blind from the trauma. His step dad (Ollie Reed) is a bastard. Uncle Ernie abuses him, Cousin Kevin bullies him and Reed takes him to the Acid Queen to see if drugs will help. Reed  is frustrated with the boy who stares at himself in the mirror all day. When his dad miraculously turns up alive, Reed kills him (this bit isn't referenced in the album lyrics, just the film). Tommy's unique talent is to play pinball by instinct, beating Elton John's Pinball Wizard. He becomes a cult figure, which his family try to cash in on with tours and holiday camps. In a fit of anger, Reed smashes Tommy's mirror causing him to snap out of his afflictions with the final "I'm free" song, and he becomes even more of a messiah-like figure. His followers riot tearing down the camp.

So basically Hamlet on acid?

LOTS of acid!

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Re: Help me understand this film
« Reply #16 on: 04 November, 2021, 04:07:59 PM »
I remember watching this with my dad when it was on telly one night in the mid-80s or maybe a little later. Didn't have much of a clue what was going on and I've never had any interest in rewatching it (also had no idea it was a beloved cult classic rather than a weird curio) but there are definitely scenes or images from it seared into my memory. "Fiddle about" being one and some sort of toilet seat covered in toothpicks another.

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