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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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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia | Sweden

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ABBA - El grand show See more »

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Technical Specs

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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 film featured three new songs of the band ABBA which were then first performed during this 1977 concert tour of Australia. 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: Perth. Wednesday. Interview number 5. What do you like most about their music?
Female Fan #1: It make me very happy. It make me want to get up and dance. Um. Oh, just everything.
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Connections

Featured in ABBA: Bang a Boomerang (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
Published by Union Songs AB
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For ABBA fans (like me) only
31 May 2002 | by AdirondackSee all my reviews

I have this movie taped from when John Feuglesang (sp?) hosted it on VH1 a few years ago. He was eating from a box of cereal called ABBA Bits (A take-off on Alpha Bits).

Comments on the group: I give them all their due. Bjorn can really rock with that electric guitar and the few times he took lead vocals, the songs were good. I really wonder why these songs never seemed to make it to radio. I guess he wanted to let the gals be in the spotlight. Speaking of whom, they really sing well together. Their harmony is excellent. I'm a big fan of both these lovely ladies solo and dual performances for ABBA. I have more of a thing for Agnetha and all blonds with foreign accents. Both of these ladies contributed a lot to the group. Benny is great on the piano as well (loved his solo performance in the movie)

Comments on the movie: Definitely for ABBA fans only. All other viewers would probably be bored out of their skulls. There's not much of a plot, but it's humorous to see how the Australian DJ always fails to get an interview with the group. It's nice how after the reporter asks Agnetha about getting the title of female performer with the "sexiest bottom", we get a few opportunities throughout the movie to see what he was talking about. I must say, she would certainly be in the running. The actor who played the Australian DJ was as good as the writing probably allowed him to be. The rest of the actors were a little bland.

Final note: If you've only heard a few songs from this group and you liked what you heard, DEFINITELY watch this movie. You probably only heard the songs that are the most commonly played on the radio and TV stations like VH1. When I first saw this movie, I only had ABBA Gold Vol 1 on cassette, but the film made me want ABBA Gold Vol 2, which I've seen in the stores, but never got to buy yet. Vols 1&2 are very good to get if you're just starting out with this group.


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