In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.
Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. Written by
All of the songs were re-orchestrated for the film version, differing from the stage version and their original arrangements. "Under Attack", "One of Us," and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" were removed from the script. "The Name of the Game" was filmed, but removed from the final cut; it is included as an extra on the DVD release. "Thank You for the Music" plays over the closing credits. "When All is Said and Done" was never part of the stage show. Donna hums a few bars of "Fernando," one of ABBA's biggest hits, as she walks into the old goat house while the fathers are hiding upstairs. (The song is about war, and wouldn't fit in the story.) See more »
As "Lay your Love on Me" transforms into Sophie's bachelorette party, cast members hold Sophie up and she drinks from a bottle, then throws it. After she throws it, they lay her on her back and her hair falls off her shoulders. In the following close-up shot, her hair falls off her shoulders again. See more »
[looks in the basket that a local woman is holding]
[Tanya catches herself]
It's just a fish!
[some people chuckle around them]
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After the final scene of the movie Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters appear on a sound stage in matching 1970s glam-rock costumes and sing "Dancing Queen". When they finish Meryl 'asks' the audience if they want an encore. The three ladies are then joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard who are similarly attired. Along with Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, they provide a rendition of "Waterloo" as the main credits roll. See more »
After sitting through this film, I have decided that it is one of the WORST movies I have ever seen. I knew it the moment I was subjected to three teenage girls screaming and overacting when they (OMG!) meet again, and then watching the same thing, only done by women old enough to be my mom. And that was only the first few minutes. Yeesh. So here are my comments...
1. Middle aged women + ridiculous dance moves complete with hip thrusts and over the top costumes = not a good idea.
2. Pierce Brosnan could not sing his way out of a paper bag. Nor could practically anyone else in this pile of excrement, for that matter.
3. The songs were so random. It was obvious to me that they were thrown, willy nilly, into the incredibly contrived and STUPID plot.
4. My three year old nephew could have written a better script.
I was either cringing or laughing derisively during the movie. And I normally really like movie musicals. Of course they are bound to be a bit corny...but this was ridiculous. What a waste of talent. I mean, you have great actors and actresses in this movie...I am embarrassed for them that this is now a part of their career. I regret wasting my money and time on this piece of crap.
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