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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Featured Fan
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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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February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ABBA - El grand show  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production shoot for this film went for six weeks and encompassed ABBA's 1977 Australian tour and included their live concerts, press conferences, private downtime, public receptions, meeting fans and traveling time. 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

Taxi Driver: ABBA... I took the wife and kids to see them the other night. Bloody terrible. It costs me a fortune. I thought it was gonna be the nicest, cleanest show that I could possibly take the wife and kids to. Not on your life, mate! They came dancing out on stage all done up in these white capes and things and before you know it, they rip all their clothes off!
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Featured in ABBA in Pictures: The Photographer's Story (2014) See more »

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Why Did It Have To Be Me
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
Published by Union Songs AB
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The only chance I'll get to see ABBA in concert.
6 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network (thanks Oprah!). I had heard of it. I'm an ABBA fan. I love their music. I think Agnetha and Frida are two of the best singers I've ever heard. They're also very beautiful. Watching this movie is like being in a time machine. It brings back all of the memories of that time, you know, when music was still worth listening to. I wish someone would put this movie on DVD. The disc jockey stuff isn't bad. As a matter of fact it's kind of cool. He has a dream sequence that's interesting with Agnetha and Frida. Well anyway, I never got to see ABBA in concert so I'll really enjoyed this movie! I give it the highest rating possible. But then again, I'm a music nut!


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