YOUR SENSES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
This movie version of the famous Who rock opera is primarily for die-hard fans of the band and director Ken Russell. Those who are not may agree with the tagline, but in a negative way. The story of how a “deaf, dumb and blind” boy grows up to become a pinball champ and the leader of a cult is of no interest, but offers Russell a chance to stage one overwhelming, sometimes provocative, music video after another. Tiring after a while, but Ann-Margret is certainly game and some of the rock acts are outstanding, especially Elton John’s.
1975-Britain. 111 min. Color. Written and directed by Ken Russell. Songs: “Acid Queen”, “Pinball Wizard”, “Go to the Mirror” (Pete Townshend). Cast: Roger Daltrey (Tommy Walker), Ann-Margret (Nora Walker), Oliver Reed (Frank Hobbs), Elton John, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon… Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson.
Trivia: Rod Stewart, Peter Sellers, David Bowie and Christopher Lee were allegedly considered for parts.
Golden Globe: Best Actress (Ann-Margret).