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ABBA: The Movie (1977)

An incompetent radio DJ tries to get an interview with the Swedish pop group during their famous week-long 1977 tour of Australia.

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Cast

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Himself
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Himself
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Herself
Robert Hughes ...
Ashley Wallace, the disc Jockey
Tom Oliver ...
Bodyguard / Bartender / Taxi Driver
Bruce Barry ...
Radio Station Manager
Stig Anderson ...
ABBA Manager
Calvin Cross ...
Featured Fan
Ivar Dahlbom ...
Featured Fan
Harry Lawrence ...
Featured Fan
Michael Mansson ...
Hotel receptionist (as Michael Manson)
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Girl in box office (as Sandy Manson)
Ray Marshall ...
Featured Fan
Frances Matthews ...
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Movie detailing ABBA's mega-successful tour of Australia during mid-1977. While it mostly contains back-stage footage and as well as ABBA's famous songs such as "Dancing Queen", "Tiger", "Name Of The Game" and "Eagle" among others sung filmed during their concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, it has the sub-plot of young country and western radio disc-jockey, Ashley, whose boss orders him to have a deep interview with ABBA and the problems he has trying to reach them as he forgets his press pass and ABBA's main bodyguard, (Tom Oliver) is determined to stop him... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Release Date:

February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ABBA - El grand show  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Notable Australian tourist locations that the band ABBA are seen visiting in this film include South Australia's Barossa Valley vineyards, the Sydney Opera House, King's Park in Perth and Melbourne's Moomba Procession. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, Ashley pursues ABBA through the cities of Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne in that order. The actual tour went in the order of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. See more »

Quotes

Radio Announcer: According to the promoters, they are bigger than the Beatles and with an entourage of 105 people, they are almost twice as big as the Rolling Stones concert.
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Connections

Referenced in ABBA: The Winner Takes It All (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Hole In Your Soul
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
Published by Polar Music AB
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ABBA: The Movie
5 September 2005 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

ABBA: The Movie was a big success around the world but barely made a ripple in the U.S. It was 12 years before I saw it. It is about a deejay named Ashley who follows ABBA around on their Australian tour in hopes of getting an interview. They lead him to Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Along the way, he tapes comments from fans. Mixed in with the plot are scenes from the concerts. Frida struts boldly in hot pants, prowling the stage like a female Elvis. Agnetha teases the crowd with her bottom during "Money Money Money." The group provides a cross section of what had been done up to that time: "Waterloo," "The Name of the Game" and "Ring Ring." The ladies make a real entrance for "Dancing Queen," ABBA's only number 1 record in the U.S. ABBA is a feminist group. The women are the stars. The men maintain a low profile. Benny Andersson later told of how The Movie started out as just their desire to have a personal record of their time in Australia and grew until it became a feature length film. The Movie was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the same guy who directed ABBA's videos. They finish with their signature tune, "Thank You for the Music." I am an ABBA fan and wrote a book about the Fab Four from Sweden.


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