Tommy: the album vs. the movie

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The album was evened banned from the air by the BBC. But despite the controversy, the album was a hug success and in 1975, some six years later, someone thought it to be a good idea to turn the rock opus into a feature film. It is interesting to note that George Lucas was originally approached to direct the film, but he turned it down because he was in the middle of pre-production for American Graffiti...
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Instead, the project was handed over to the flamboyant British filmmaker Ken Russell. The film version managed to keep the same overall story as the album, but was different in almost all other aspects, for better or for worse, in which I'll be discussing and outlining in this comparison. The first major difference when they adapted the album to the movie is that they changed the time the story takes place from 1921 (which was the setting for the album) to 1951 for the film version...
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