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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:

Robert Caswell (as Bob Caswell), Lasse Hallström
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anni-Frid Lyngstad ... Herself
Benny Andersson ... Himself
Björn Ulvaeus ... Himself
Agnetha Fältskog ... Herself
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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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Australia | Sweden

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abba See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The concerts that provided the footage for this movie were all filmed in Australia during March 1977. The tour staged eleven ABBA concerts in ten days at a production cost of $750,000 (Australian) and with attendances estimated at being around the 140 to 160 thousand mark. 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. Four members. Agnetha and Björn. Married. Frida and Benny. Living together.
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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

Featured in ABBA in Pictures: The Photographer's Story (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Hole In Your Soul
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
Published by Polar Music AB
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Rare chance to see a supergroup in their prime - but for fans only.
8 April 2004 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

A journalist chases the Swedish supergroup Abba across Australia hoping to deliver a career saving interview to his boss.

Forget what I have just written, it isn't important. It is just an excuse to see a group about their work and learn just a little about their lives and personalities. The stress being on the word "little."

The setting of Australia is interesting because the group were about as big in Oz as any group has ever been anywhere at anytime - and I include the Beatles in that. They just had the widest fan base of any group I have seen. They closed whole cities centres down with people just wanting to see them no matter hear them play!

(For this reason alone we should be grateful that it is not just an in-concert film.)

Pop music is not known for its longevity, but lots of the material here is not only brilliant, but perfectly performed and eternal. Although I am almost fighting myself in saying it, they perfected the three minute pop song. When they burst in to Dancing Queen it sends a shiver down your spine - the girls voices just compliment each other so well that it is frightening. Agnetha and Frieda sing like a choir of angels - and yet there is only two of them!

Sadly they are not around anymore (as a group) and there is nothing to replace them. I loved everything about them from their naff 1970's satin clothes (for newcomers, they were even a joke at the time!) to their second language English which leads to bizarre grammatical errors ("for twenty years I have not seen you with a rifle in your hands(!)"). I feel for the kids today, there is nothing as good as this around. Watch this movie to see what a brilliant little pop music product they were.


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