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(2008)

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Pierce Brosnan had no idea what the project was about when he signed on. The producers told him it was being filmed in Greece, and Meryl Streep was starring. Brosnan said he would've signed on for anything involving Streep, describing her as "that gorgeous blonde I fancied terribly in Drama School."
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Meryl Streep first saw the musical in October 2001 with her daughter Louisa, and her daughter's friends in Manhattan. Streep wrote to the producers to praise them for bringing a little happiness and fun to the lives of New York City's people following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Meryl Streep went to Stockholm, Sweden to record her vocal for the song "The Winner Takes it All". She finished it in one take. Benny Andersson, former ABBA member and co-composer of the songs, called Streep "a miracle".
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The "Slipping Through My Fingers" scene includes a short clip of Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried laughing. According to director Phyllida Lloyd, the crew blasted heavy metal music to get the pair to laugh so much.
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The cast members performed their own singing.
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Stellan Skarsgård on why he flashed his behind: "We decided I should be cooking on the boat. I thought I should have an apron on. The director (Phyllida Lloyd) did not know I would be naked under there, and have those butt tattoos. So when the camera rolled, I turned around right in front of it. The cameraman jumped and screamed, while Phyllida keeled over laughing."
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Colin Firth once stated that if Heaven exists, when he arrives he wants to hear God say "I personally thought you were very good in Mamma Mia"
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An undercurrent of this movie is to structure the story as a Greek comedy (like Aristophanes), including patterns of strophe and anti-strophe, a chorus representing the common people, and costumes matched to moods of the characters, including masks and the phallic props typical of Greek comedy.
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Bill Anderson's boat flies the flag of Sweden, native country of ABBA and Stellan Skarsgård.
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Phyllida Lloyd also directed the original Broadway play.
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According to Meryl Streep, Dame Julie Walters injured herself while filming the "Dancing Queen" musical sequence, by tripping over some rocks on a cobbled street, but "soldiered on" to finish the scene.
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In December 2008, this movie became the highest grossing movie of all time in the U.K., smashing the previous record set by Titanic (1997). Avatar (2009) has beaten that record.
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At the start of the "Dancing Queen" scene, the picture on Meryl Streep's bedroom mirror is Amanda Seyfried's professional head shot. At the end of "Our Last Summer", Donna is holding a collection of photos, including a baby picture of Seyfried.
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As of July 2018, this is Meryl Streep's biggest box-office hit.
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One of Colin Firth's favorite movies.
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Colin Firth parodied the catchphrase of James Bond by saying "I'm Bright, Harry Bright", when he is standing next to Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond in four movies. Firth starred in the spy movies Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).
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Cher was offered the role of Tanya Wilkinson. On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) season nineteen, episode forty-two, "Episode #19.42", she said she had to decline the role due to concert tour commitments. She later signed on to be in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), playing the character Ruby Sheridan.
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The beginning of "Super Trouper" was sung live, a cappella, by the three actresses.
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In the original stage musical, the character of Bill Austin was Australian. This paid homage to ABBA's enormous popularity in Australia. For this movie, Bill Anderson was Swedish, like Stellan Skarsgård who played him and like ABBA.
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Several night scenes, including "I Have A Dream", were shot during the day, then transformed in post-production.
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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.
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Stellan Skarsgård (Bill Anderson) is the only one from Sweden, just like three of the members of ABBA. The fourth member (Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad) is from Norway.
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Mandy Moore, Amanda Bynes, Rachel McAdams, and Emmy Rossum were all considered for the part of Sophie Sheridan. Olivia Newton-John and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the part of Donna Sheridan. Bill Nighy was considered for one of the "father" parts.
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The movie takes place in Greece, is based on Swedish music, has a title in Italian, and is played in English by American leading actors.
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Colin Firth (Harry Bright) used to play guitar in a band.
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Early in pre-production, the producers suggested including a newly-written original song, to qualify for the Academy Awards' Original Song Category. Former ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus refused. Andersson composed some additional music, but this movie was ineligible for the Original Song category, because all of the songs were already published.
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On May 19, 2017, Universal Pictures announced a sequel set to premiere on July 20, 2018. Ol Parker, of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), served as writer and director.
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It set a new mark for the biggest weekend premiere for a movie musical, with $27.6 million. The former record holder was Hairspray (2007).
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The first movie shot on the new 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios, following a fire after Casino Royale (2006) wrapped. The new 59,000 square foot stage was used for song and dance numbers that could not be filmed in the sun in Greece.
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Dawn French was originally cast as Rosie Mulligan. After the creators described her character as "the fat, funny one", and the Musical Director was clearly not impressed with her singing, she declined the role. In her autobiography "Dear Fatty", Dawn said that she is a fan of ABBA, but she is not a fan of "Mamma Mia!" She only originally agreed to do this movie because Meryl Streep was starring.
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Originally, the song "Our Last Summer" was a duet between Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) and Harry Bright (Colin Firth).
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The song played as an instrumental at the beginning of the wedding is "Knowing Me, Knowing You". This song is about divorce, so it is completely inappropriate for a wedding ("Knowing me, knowing you, there is nothing we can do. Knowing me, knowing you, we just have to face it this time we're through. Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go").
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Even though Cher was going to be in this movie as Tanya Wilkinson, which she turned down, she appeared as Sophie's grandmother and Donna's mother, Ruby Sheridan, in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).
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Using the actors' and actresses' real ages, When Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) was born, Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) would have been thirty-six, Bill Anderson (Stellan Skarsgård) - thirty-four, Sam Carmichael (Pierce Brosnan) - thirty-two, and Harry Bright (Colin Firth) - twenty-five.
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The plot of this movie and its source musical was previously used in Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968), starring Gina Lollobrigida.
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In November 2004, the first announcement of a movie adaptation was made. At that time, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, and Antonio Banderas were rumored for roles.
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Meryl Streep and Dame Julie Walters were nominated in the Best Actress category at the 1984 Academy Awards. Streep was nominated for Silkwood (1983) and Walters for Educating Rita (1983). The award was given to Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment (1983).
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The title font is the same one used by Nirvana on their album covers.
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(At around fifty-nine minutes) In this movie, the room that contains Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep), Rosie Mulligan (Dame Julie Walters), and Tanya Wilkinson (Christine Baranski) is the exact same room Ali (Ashley Lilley), Lisa, (Rachel McDowall), and Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) are in the scene. They just have different furniture to make it seem as if they're different rooms.
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The stage play first opened in London on April, 6, 1999, at the Prince Edward theater. Its North American debut was May 23, 2000, at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre. The original Toronto cast then started Mamma Mia!'s pre-Broadway tour in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. During the Chicago performances, Louise Pitre and Tina Maddigan were invited to play their same roles in the original Broadway cast. The Broadway opening, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, was October 18, 2001, at the Winter Garden Theater, the former home of "Cats". The play was nominated by the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book; Pitre was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical. By January 2010, the play had exceeded forty-seven hundred performances on Broadway, and is the tenth longest running Boardway show ever (February, 2013). As of April 2007, Mamma Mia! has open productions in: New York City, London, Las Vegas, Madrid, Moscow, Stuttgart, Fukuoka, Gothenburg, and Essen. The U.S. and International touring companies have performed in cities all over the globe, including Melbourne, Australia, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Copenhagen and Horsens, Denmark. According to "Variety", the play's original producer and writer "were broke when they first tried to put the show together, and were even snubbed by the Swedish pop group whose music formed the basis for the show. They are now two of the wealthiest women in England."
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Donny Osmond was considered for the role of Sam Carmichael.
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The music to which Sophie walks into the church is "Knowing Me, Knowing You", which later goes on to be sung by Lily James in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).
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Dominic Cooper, who played Sky opposite former James Bond Pierce Brosnan in this movie, played Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond stories, in Fleming (2014).
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When the stage show was performed in Edinburgh, Scotland, the male dancers included a "Highland Fling" in "Lay All Your Love On Me". In this movie, one dancer performs the same steps during the song.
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Pierce Brosnan plays Sam Carmichael. In real life, his mom married Bill Carmichael.
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Chris Klein auditioned for the role of Sky.
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After the movie, the beach named "Kastani" at the Skopelos has become very famous and every summer many many people visit it.
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"Voulez-Vous" means "Do you want?" in French.
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When Sophie is mailing the invitations to Sam, Bill and Harry, the envelope for Bill's invitation says B.U. Anderson. B.U. are also the initials for ABBA band member Bjorn Ulvaeus.
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Dominic Cooper and Stellan Skarsgård appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Stellan Skarsgård plays a character named Bill in this movie. This is the name of one of his sons in real life, (Bill Skarsgård).
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Jennifer Leung, Rachel McDowall, and Emma Salter's debut.
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Rachel McDowall is of Scottish ancestry.
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In the dance scene of "lay on your love on me", it is possible to see four boys holding hands in a way that recalls the "dance of four little swans" in Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan lake".
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Cameo 

Benny Andersson: Playing piano during the "Dancing Queen" sequence.
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Björn Ulvaeus: Composer and executive producer is dressed as a Greek god during the closing credits sequence.
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Rita Wilson: The executive producer is dressed as a Greek goddess during the closing credits sequence.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

While this movie heavily implies, but never explicitly reveals, who Sophie (Amanda Seyfried)'s real father is, there is a semi-official answer. According to screenwriter Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd, Sophie's real father is Bill Anderson (Stellan Skarsgård), a Swede. Bill's character was Australian in the original stage production, but in this movie, is a Swede, played by Stellan Skarsgård, meaning Sophie has her roots in Sweden, just like ABBA.
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