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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 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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Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | Sweden

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ABBA - El grand show See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | 3 Channel Stereo | Mono | Dolby Digital (DTS 5.1)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.4:1
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Trivia

The acronym ABBA, which forms part of this movie's title, stands for Annifred, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha, the first names of the rock band's four members. 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

Taxi Driver: Anyway, there she was with what they say is the most beautiful bottom in Europe. Well, I guess it's, you know, I've seen a few bottoms in me time, I guess it was pretty nice. You know, we are hot blood males, well, I quite admired it, you know, in a way, because I could take all of that sort of thing. But, not in front of the wife and kids! And it's not the sort of thing you want to go flashin' at 'em, is it? I mean, in front of thousands, literally thousands of little kids, flashin' it away ...
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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

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

Soundtracks

Intermezzo No.1
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
Published by EMI Groove Park Music Inc.
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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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