"Tommy" (1975)--Starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, and Jack Nicholson. Directed by Ken Russell.
Film is based on The Who's rock opera. It's about a boy (Barry Winch) who goes deaf, dumb, and blind as a result of a traumatic event he witnesses. The boy grows up to be Daltrey, and the film is about what happens to him and his parents (Ann-Margret & Reed).
The performances, music, and the images are what made an impression on me. Tina Turner is unforgettable as the Acid Queen, who promises to make Tommy grow up. Ann-Margret is better than I ever remember her being; she got a Best Actress Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Roger Daltrey does well in his first movie. Jack Nicholson as The Specialist has a better voice than Marlon Brando. Oliver Reed's singing skills are debateable, but he acts the part well.
The music is good, especially Tina Turner, Ann-Margret's songs, and Elton John, who sings "Pinball Wizard".
The images that work--the ones I remember best; The Church of Marilyn Monroe, with her statue in the pose from "The Seven Year Itch" (1955), when she stood above a subway grating and her skirt blew upward. The whole scene with Tina Turner. Ann-Margret dressed in white, in an all white room; Daltrey, singing in a church, with a cross as his microphone.
This would be a perfect film for TCM Underground. Has TCM ever shown it?
Film's not for everyone, but is very worth a watch. 3.3/4.
Source--archive.org. Search "Ken Russell"; restrict results to movies only. Should be one of the first three results. Was archived on October 8th, 2016.