Nora Walker (Ann Margaret), gave birth to Tommy during WWII and her husband has just been listing as missing and presumed dead. Now as time went by Mrs. Walker would eventually marry again to Frank Hobbs (Oliver Reed). Now Frank had good intentions always but he was still a jerk. Capt.Walker returned one day to find his wife and Frank having sex. A confrontation occurred and Capt. Walker was murdered. Tommy saw the whole thing happen. This sent the young into a state of being Death, Dumb, and Blind.
Mrs. Walker would take her son to a specialist (Jack Nicholson). She would take her son to the Acid Queen (Tina Turner). She would take her son to the Preacher (Eric Clapton). Only to be pushed away and told that there was no help for her son. The tragedy of that night will stay with him forever.
Now Tommy lived in his own little world not knowing what was occurring around him. From time to time his mother would let him stay with his Uncle Ernie (Keith Moon) while she and Frank would go on little vacations from Tommy.
It wasn't until one day when Tommy was going by a local lad (Elton John) playing Pinball. The bells and lights attracted Tommy and he would find his calling. Unfortunately it also gave Frank the way to make a buck off of Tommy. Tommy would become a cult figure.
This tale of isolation and despair comes to you today by the legendary rock musician Peter Townshend. He would bring us this work first in album form and then on the big screen. John Entwistle the last member of the band The Who would play himself.
If you can look at a recurring theme by some of the leading figures of the British rock aristocracy of the time WWII played a big role in their upbringing. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame wrote The Wall with his father dying in the war. Just as Pete Townshend writes of the same or similar fate for his father.
The Director of Tommy is Ken Russell and his choices of the actors for his movie are inspirational. This film along with it's soundtrack goes down in the annuals of Rock and Roll. So sit back and become Death, Dumb, and Blind with this movie.