The Who's Tommy at AFI

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 15, 2011 9:17 AM |

The Who’s 1975 film adaptation of their rock opera Tommy starred the band’s Roger Daltrey in the title role as a “deaf, dumb and blind kid” who eventually becomes the leader of a religious sect after defeating the Pinball Wizard (played by Elton John). Along the way, we meet characters played by Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Jack Nicholson. If you haven’t seen the decidedly eccentric film from Ken Russell, the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre has got your ticket. It's worth it alone to watch Ann-Margret writhe in soap suds, baked beans and chocolate. Seriously. They don't make 'em like as crazy as this anymore. Friday, April 15, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at 8:45 p.m., Monday, April 18, at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, at 9:45 a.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $11 general admission. Call 301-495-6720 or visit

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