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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.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Lasse Hallström, Robert Caswell (as Bob Caswell)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anni-Frid Lyngstad ... Self
Benny Andersson ... Self
Björn Ulvaeus ... Self
Agnetha Fältskog ... Self
Robert Hughes ... Ashley Wallace, the disc Jockey
Tom Oliver Tom Oliver ... Bodyguard / Bartender / Taxi Driver
Bruce Barry ... Radio Station Manager
Stig Anderson ... ABBA Manager
Calvin Cross Calvin Cross ... Featured Fan
Ivar Dahlbom Ivar Dahlbom ... Featured Fan
Harry Lawrence Harry Lawrence ... Featured Fan
Michael Mansson Michael Mansson ... Hotel receptionist (as Michael Manson)
Sandy Mansson ... Girl in box office (as Sandy Manson)
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Featured Fan
Frances Matthews Frances Matthews ... Featured Fan
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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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Taglines:

The MUSIC! The SONGS! The MAGIC! The COLOUR! The MAGNIFICENCE!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Trivia

Advance publicity of ABBA's 1977 concert-tour boasted that, "The ABBA roadshow will be the greatest epic since Cecil B. DeMille made Ben-Hur (1959)." The tour was claimed at the time to be the biggest pop tour that Australia had ever seen. 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

Ashley Wallace: ABBA. What do you like most about their music?
Middle Aged Male Fan #1: Oh, I like the clean-cut beat of the music.
Ashley Wallace: Just the beat?
Middle Aged Male Fan #1: No. The beat and the clean-cut appearance of them. I think they're a fantastic group.
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Alternate Versions

Available in three different final soundmixes! One mono, and two different in stereo, one with only three frontchannels, and one with a fourth surround channel. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebba the Movie (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Eagle
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
Published by Union Songs AB
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ABBA The Movie
28 April 2006 | by njtocSee 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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Country:

Sweden | Australia

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

2 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38
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2.39 : 1
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