6.5/10
2,627
41 user 11 critic

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:

Writers:

(as Bob Caswell),
Reviews

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The band members of ABBA must travel through space and time to bring back the funk. They go through several trials including the hydra, Minotaur, and the Loch Ness monster. But they realize... See full summary »

Directors: Lasse Hallström, Kjell Sundvall
Stars: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA in Concert (TV Special 1980)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

ABBA's 1979 tour of North America and Europe, with emphasis on performances at Wembley Arena, London.

Director: Urban Lasson
Stars: Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Directors: Steve Cole, Chris Hunt
Stars: Björn Ulvaeus, Paul Gambaccini, Benny Andersson
Abba (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Jung-Liang Hung
Stars: Yi-Feng Hung, Chris Hung, Yao Hung
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Hypochondriac Lasse can and does pull the girls with no trouble, although for a short while this causes a real and painful health problem. Meeting Lena while delivering papers - the nearest... See full summary »

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Brasse Brännström, Mariann Rudberg, Christer Jonsson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Tom Oliver ...
Bruce Barry ...
...
ABBA Manager
Calvin Cross ...
Featured Fan
Ivar Dahlbom ...
Featured Fan
Harry Lawrence ...
Featured Fan
Michael Mansson ...
Hotel receptionist (as Michael Manson)
...
Girl in box office (as Sandy Manson)
Ray Marshall ...
Featured Fan
Frances Matthews ...
Featured Fan
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ABBA - El grand show  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | | (DTS 5.1)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

ABBA play themselves in this movie. 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

[repeated line]
Crowd: [screaming] We want ABBA! We want ABBA!
See more »

Connections

Featured in ABBA: The Winner Takes It All (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Thank You For The Music
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
Published by Union Songs AB
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rare chance to see a supergroup in their prime - but for fans only.
8 April 2004 | by See 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.


28 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page