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Mamma Mia! (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 18 July 2008 (USA)
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The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

Director:

Phyllida Lloyd

Writers:

Catherine Johnson (screenplay), Catherine Johnson (musical book)
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1,297 ( 115)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Seyfried ... Sophie
Stellan Skarsgård ... Bill
Pierce Brosnan ... Sam
Nancy Baldwin Nancy Baldwin ... Sam's PA
Colin Firth ... Harry
Heather Emmanuel ... Harry's Housekeeper
Colin Davis Colin Davis ... Harry's Driver
Rachel McDowall ... Lisa
Ashley Lilley Ashley Lilley ... Ali
Meryl Streep ... Donna
Julie Walters ... Rosie
Christine Baranski ... Tanya
Ricardo Montez ... Stavros
Mia Soteriou ... Arina
Enzo Squillino Jr. ... Gregoris
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Storyline

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep), who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her back-up singers, Rosie Mulligan (Dame Julie Walters) and Tanya Wilkinson (Christine Baranski). Written by jojo.acapulco@gmail.com

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Taglines:

Eine Hochzeit die man nie vergisst. (A Wedding you'll never forget.) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related comments | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

All of the songs were re-orchestrated for this movie version, differing from the stage version and their original arrangements. "Under Attack", "One of Us", and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" were removed from the script. "The Name of the Game" was filmed, but removed from the final cut, and included as an extra on the DVD release. "Thank You for the Music" played over the closing credits. "When All is Said and Done" was never part of the stage show. Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) hums a few bars of "Fernando", one of ABBA's biggest hits, as she walks into the old goat house while the fathers are hiding upstairs. The song is about war, and the writers couldn't find a way to fit it into the story. See more »

Goofs

Just before the song "Does Your Mother Know" on the beach, the items on the bar change their position during the scene, from shot to shot. For instance, the bucket of ice, Tanya's bag and drink, etc. See more »

Quotes

Tanya: [before singing 'Does Your Mother Know'] Little boys who play with fire get their fingers burned.
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Crazy Credits

After the final scene of the movie Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters appear on a sound stage in matching 1970s glam-rock costumes and sing "Dancing Queen". When they finish Meryl 'asks' the audience if they want an encore. The three ladies are then joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard who are similarly attired. Along with Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, they provide a rendition of "Waterloo" as the main credits roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

The song (and scene that accompanied the song), "The Name of The Game", was removed from the film, but reinstated as a special feature in the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Slipping Through My Fingers (or Meow-Ma Mia) (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Chiquitita
Written by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by Julie Walters, Christine Baranski & Meryl Streep
Courtesy of UNICEF
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Take a Chance... It's Surprisingly Brilliant!
8 July 2008 | by jess-154See all my reviews

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Take a Chance... It's Surprisingly Brilliant!

While the majority of the film is brilliantly silly, Meryl Streep gives us an emotional show stopping performance of 'The Winner Takes It All. Who wouldn't pay to see James Bond singing 'SOS'? Pierce Brosnan was humorously over-emoting everything but it worked perfectly within the context of the film.

Donna and Sophie (Mother and Daughter) are perfectly cast with an uncanny similarity in both looks and personality. Julie Walters almost steals the whole show, sorry I mean film, with her performance of 'Take a Chance on Me'.

It does take you about 20 minutes to settle down from the excitement of this outstanding cast singing their hearts out. I'm not the biggest 'movical' fan but if go in with an open mind and a bunch of people and you'll leave uplifted and pleasantly surprised.


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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mamma Mia! The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Volos, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,751,240, 20 July 2008

Gross USA:

$144,169,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$609,913,584
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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