Yoinked from Wikipedia ...
"Tommy is a 1975 musical film, based on The Who's 1969 rock opera album musical Tommy. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members themselves (most notably, lead singer Roger Daltrey plays the title role). Ann-Margret received a Golden Globe Award for her performance, and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Pete Townshend was also nominated for an Oscar for his work in scoring and adapting the music for the film. The film was the first and only film to be recorded with a Quintaphonic soundtrack.
The film version of Tommy differs in numerous ways from the original 1969 album. The primary change is the period, which is moved forward to the post-World War II era, while the original album takes place just after World War I. As a result the song "1921" is renamed "1951" and the opening line "got a feelin' '21 is gonna be a good year" changes to "got a feelin' '51 is gonna be a good year". The historical change allowed Russell to use more contemporary images and settings.
In the album, Group Captain Walker returns to find his wife with a new lover and murders him, but in the film this is reversed; the lover (Reed) kills Walker in front of Tommy, heightening the psychological trauma.
Unlike other filmed rock operas (such as that of Pink Floyd's The Wall) the album is never dubbed over the film; the different actors — including Nicholson and Reed, neither of whom were known for their vocal prowess — perform the songs in character instead of The Who, with the exception of Daltrey as Tommy and where Townshend sings narration in place of recitative).
Because of this, all the songs are rerecorded and the song order is shuffled around considerably; this and the addition of several new songs and links creates a more balanced structure of alternating short and long sequences. A large number of songs have new lyrics and instrumentation, and another notable feature is that many of the songs and pieces used on the film soundtrack are alternate versions or mixes from the versions on the soundtrack album."
Steve's Snacks Of The Week:
Breyers Rocky Road Ice Cream
Crumbs Of New York Cheddar Kettle Chips
Gummy Bears (totally gluten-free)
Beer-less Hangover From Sleeping More Than Used To
I'm worried about today's movie. I absolutely LOVE the original rock opera album. Practically have it memorized. I've pretty much been avoiding the movie as a result of my love for the original musical pieces. I knew they screwed around with things for the film and i didn't want to see one of my favorite albums messed with.
Here's some of my favorite songs from the original album ...
... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE! First, tho, lets go over a few theater rules. Absolutely no talking allowed in Galindo Theaters. Any and all talkers will be flogged mercilessly. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING!
And be sure to dim headlights (where applicable).
Oh, and remember ...
Enjoy the show y'all!