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ABBA: The Movie (1977)

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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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Herself
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Himself
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Himself
Agnetha Fältskog ...
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
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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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Storyline

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:

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Box Office

Gross:

SEK 5,347,122 (Sweden)
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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

ABBA star 'Bjorn Ulvaeus' has said of this film: "They wanted us to make a film in Australia, but quite honestly I don't think that films with pop stars work very well. Of course The Beatles are an exception and Tommy (1975) was a big hit but there have been lots of other pop films that have sunk without trace... Seeing the film came as a bit of a shock. It's hard to recognize yourself up there on a giant screen in Panavision. But then we've had many moments when it has been hard to accept the things that have been happening to us." See more »

Quotes

[everyone is looking through concert reviews the next morning]
Benny: [reading headline] "Agnetha's Bottom Tops...
[covering the word "Dull" with his thumb]
Benny: ... Show."
Agnetha: Oh, my God... don't they have bottoms in Australia?
Björn: [reading from the article] "A middle-aged man beside me said, with feeling, 'It's *really* something worth seeing!'"
[laughs]
Agnetha: Hey, at least I did *something* for the show, didn't I!
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Connections

Edited into ABBA: Our Last Video Ever (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Eagle
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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