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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.



(as Bob Caswell),

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Oliver ...
Bruce Barry ...
ABBA Manager
Calvin Cross ...
Featured Fan
Ivar Dahlbom ...
Featured Fan
Harry Lawrence ...
Featured Fan
Michael Mansson ...
Hotel receptionist (as Michael Manson)
Girl in box office (as Sandy Manson)
Ray Marshall ...
Featured Fan
Frances Matthews ...
Featured Fan


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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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming for this movie took place as soon as ABBA arrived in Australia for their concert tour at Sydney Airport on 27 February 1977. See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.188 (2012) See more »


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ABBA The Movie
28 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Now that it's out in DVD, the ABBA fans who missed the movie when originally released can delight in seeing their favorite group as they were then. Even though, the band has been disbanded for over 20 years, ABBA was unique for groups of the time, in that they left a fairly large legacy of surprisingly good quality videos of their music. This movie, although trite contains a fascinating video record of one of their most impressive tours. With the introduction of the musical Mamma Mia (based on ABBA songs) on Broadway several years back, which started an ABBA resurgence of sorts, the existence of videos like this one has let another whole generation get hooked on ABBA music. ABBA was an extremely attractive and very talented group which will live on through these videos. The video and sound quality of the DVDs ( I watch on an HD set ) is excellent considering the time period they were recorded. I liked ABBA back then, but never really followed their music closely. Now I'm hooked, and grateful for the video record that exists of " one of the greatest pop groups that ever was" ( from U2)

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