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Mamma Mia!
     

Mamma Mia!

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Director: Phyllida Lloyd, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth

Cast: Phyllida Lloyd, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth

 

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Longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, the daughter of a once-rebellious single mother secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcoming wedding in this feature adaptation of the beloved stage musical. Independent-minded single mother Donna (Meryl Streep) has always done her

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Longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, the daughter of a once-rebellious single mother secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcoming wedding in this feature adaptation of the beloved stage musical. Independent-minded single mother Donna (Meryl Streep) has always done her best to raise her spirited daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), while simultaneously running a successful hotel on a small Greek island, but now the time has come for this hardworking mom to finally let go. In just a few days, Sophie will be married, and Donna will stand by bittersweetly as her little girl takes flight. Of course, Donna's lifelong friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) will both be present at the wedding, but unbeknownst to the mother, Sophie has furtively invited three very special guests of her own. When Sophie walks down the aisle on that fateful day, she wants her father to hand her off. The only problem is that Donna has never revealed the true identity of Sophie's father, leaving the resourceful future bride to narrow the list down to three potential candidates. Now, as three key figures from Donna's past return to the picturesque Mediterranean shores they all walked 20 years prior, one beautiful bride will discover the secret of her past while one lonely mother finds out that it's never too late for a little romance. Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the original London sensation as well as the hit Broadway incarnation, makes her feature directorial debut with this big-screen version of the beloved musical featuring 22 classic ABBA hits. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper co-star.

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Is there anything Meryl Streep can't do? It would be tempting to say "won't do," but that would imply her appearance in Mamma Mia! is somehow shameless. Hardly. Watching the perennial Oscar nominee bounce on a bed like a teenager, kick out her legs, roll around on the ground, and sing her heart out -- without a trace of hesitation -- is another redefining moment for one of Hollywood's most treasured actresses. We know she's a performer with guts, but it never hurts to be reminded. On the whole, Mamma Mia! joyously reminds us how musicals -- especially those set on lush Greek islands -- can transport an audience to delicious realms of pure escapism. The whole cast fully commits, from the logical choices (prancing diva Christine Baranski) to the surprises (stiff-by-design Colin Firth) to the fresh-faced newcomers (charismatic Amanda Seyfried). In their hands, these songs have the same gusto ABBA must have felt when first writing and performing them. In some cases, gusto alone may not be enough, and Mamma Mia! likely works better for those not comparing the performances to the soundtrack of the popular show. For one, Pierce Brosnan, another plucky outside-the-box choice, seems to have more singing responsibility than he can properly carry. And a small amount of the choreography is inferior, such as the inert staging of Streep's solo "The Winner Takes It All," in which Brosnan is left trying to figure out what to do with his hands. Some of this can be blamed on stage director Phyllida Lloyd's inexperience with this particular medium, but in her first feature film, she's far more deserving of credit than complaint. It's hard to imagine anyone not feeling the rush when an entire village of women comes together to sing "Dancing Queen," finishing with a group plunge into the Aegean.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
UPC:
0025192010347
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Sing-Along! on-screen lyrics for 22 musical numbers!; Deleted musical number: "The Name of the Game"; Feature commentary with director Phyllida Lloyd; The making of Mamma Mia! The Movie; Anatomy of a Musical Number: "Lay All Your Love on Me"; Becoming a Singer; Behind the Scenes with Amanda; On Location in Greece; A Look Inside Mamma Mia! The Movie; "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" music video; Björn Ulvaeus cameo; Deleted scenes and outtakes; Digital copy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Donna
Pierce Brosnan Sam
Colin Firth Harry
Stellan Skarsgård Bill
Julie Walters Rosie
Dominic Cooper Sky
Amanda Seyfried Sophie
Christine Baranski Tanya

Technical Credits
Phyllida Lloyd Director
Stig Anderson Score Composer
Benny Andersson Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer
Becky Bentham Musical Direction/Supervision
Dean Clegg Art Director,Production Designer
Judy Craymer Producer
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Gary Goetzman Producer
Tom Hanks Executive Producer
Rebecca Holmes Art Director,Production Designer
Mark Huffam Executive Producer
Priscilla John Casting
Catherine Johnson Screenwriter
Ellen Lewis Casting
Martin Lowe Musical Direction/Supervision
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Björn Ulvaeus Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer
Anthony Van Laast Choreography
Lesley Walker Editor
Rita Wilson Executive Producer
Haris Zambarloukos Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mamma Mia - The Movie
1. "I Have a Dream" [:37]
2. "Honey, Honey" [:53]
3. "Money, Money, Money" [3:00]
4. "Mamma Mia" [:04]
5. "Chiquitita" [3:50]
6. "Dancing Queen" [6:22]
7. "Our Last Summer" [2:12]
8. "Lay All Your Love on Me" [3:00]
9. "Super Trouper" [5:40]
10. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" [:11]
11. "Voulez-Vous" [2:44]
12. "SOS" [1:58]
13. "Does Your Mother Know" [:32]
14. "Slipping Through the Years" [2:43]
15. "The Winner Takes It All" [1:31]
16. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" [1:01]
17. "When All Is Said and Done" [3:49]
18. "Take a Chance on Me" [:07]
19. "Dancing Queen Reprise/Waterloo Encore (Credits)" [1:07]
20. End Titles [3:03]

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Mamma Mia! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 201 reviews.
Esmeralda_Gypsy More than 1 year ago
I'm only 25 years old, and most of the people my age couldn't sing the words to "Dancing Queen" if you paid them, but I've been an ABBA fan since the age of four. I cannot believe how well the script and characters were built around these songs! It's like the songs and the rest were all written at the same time! I was blown away the first time I saw it on stage, and was a little skeptical when going to see it in the movie theater, but I ended up seeing it twice because it was so good! Meryl Streep is amazing! I had no idea she could sing, but she can sing WELL!! Also, the actresses for Sophie, Tonya, and Rosie were fantastic and really did well with the ABBA music. The three possible fathers were not so great with the singing...but in their defense, they really wouldn't be. Donna and her friends had a singing group years ago, and Sophie got her singing voice from her mom, but the three men have practical jobs and probably no singing experience. I also loved the fact that they made "Lay all your love on me" into a duet. I always thought there was something missing from that song... All in all, a wonderful film. It speaks volumes about the mother/daughter relationship and really touched me. Especially during the holidays, everyone should "take a chance" and watch this show! "My! My! How can you resist it?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely cannot stop watching this movie. I have given this DVD to my friends who as well share the enthusiasm I have. I loved how the music was incorporated into a love story, comedy and marvelous scenery! I want it all! It is hilarious, lively, and colorful. The actors are superb but maybe not the best singers but their rawness is all the better for this movie. Each character was casted perfectly for their part. The scenery was realistic even if it was a sound stage. LOVED IT! and ABBA music is timeless! Excellent actors, set in Greek Islands with ABBA music, what's not to like??
Eagledivah More than 1 year ago
This movie is an absolute joy. This is an empowering movie for women of every age. It shows the power of friendship, and love. Turn on the movie, crank up the volume, sing along, and escape to Greece. You'll be glad you did.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
Mama Mia is a quirky and elevating movie that partially centers around a strong bond that a woman named Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has with her mother Donna (Meryl Streep). Donna is also lending emotional support to Sophie for her upcoming marriage and simultaneously coming to terms with Sophie growing up. On the positive/plus side both women are not alone as they are coping with the changes. In addition to her fiancée Sky (Dominic Cooper), Sophie has her best friend Ali (Ashley Lilly) for support while her mom has support in the from Tanya (Christian Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters). Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard also play roles in Mama Mia.
CGinSeattle More than 1 year ago
I've seen reviews where its said that audiences love this musical (stage and screen) but critics hate it. Frankly, for me it gets better with each viewing (and I forgive actors trying to be professional singers...they try their hearts out and as a result, the real emotion they bring...over 'sing beautifully but without anything real in the feeling' stage singers...is worth it and adds something you typically don't get with a stage performance, or often even with straight singers.) And frankly, critics typically only approve of things set in a warzone or ethnic war where everyone dies tragically in the end, making an over the top social statement. All that does is make critics think they are special and 'critical'. What this movie offers is great acting, a great cast, wonderfully fun musical numbers especially with the 'hens' and 'stags'...and a great location where one can believe god and goddess interventions really do happen. And the plot is based, by the way, off of a WWII Sophia Loren movie...a comedy, but with serious undertones about unwed motherhood...and the daughter didn't get married in that one either, in the end. :) Cheers All! Just have a glass of wine and enjoy this for what it is...a great, fun movie that you can watch again and again. Worth the money therefore.
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SomewhereInTime More than 1 year ago
Great Movie, Superior Cast, Great Music. Funny, Sensative, Emotional.
Curlgirl More than 1 year ago
Everyone was talking about how great this movie was, so I had to watch it. It IS great! For me, it brought tears to my eyes during certain scenes & I was cracking up at others. I don't purchase a lot of movies, but I did purchase this one. Really worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love, love, love!!! I loved this movie...if you havn't seen it, you have too!!!!
Terrythegirl More than 1 year ago
Has seen it on live performance twice, on the movie theater once and the video 3 times- I don't mind watching it again at home with a friend or family member who has not seen it.
llamamia More than 1 year ago
While there is no match for the excitement of attending a live performance of Mama Mia on Broadway, this DVD is an excellent version for in-home viewing. Meryl Streep does a fabulous job of singing & dancing the role of Donna as only this actress extraordinaire can do. And while Pierce Brosnan isn't much of a singer, he is gorgeous to look at. The clever plot is a perfect vehicle to showcase the wonderful ABBA music. And the Greek tourist bureau could easily use the scenes from this film to lure visitors to their lovely islands. Great supporting cast & "joyous celebration"...Mama Mia is a winner!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a cute, feel good movie. I loved the music. I'm going to keep it in my library and watch it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent soundtrack
jackster1abc More than 1 year ago
Musicals require that you suspend reality. It just isn¿t real to expect everyone can sing. Not everyone can sing, even in musicals. Marni Nixon was dubbed over both Natalie Woods for West Side Story and for Audrey Hepburn for My Fair Lady. Meryl Streep, however, needs no dubbing. The only criticism I have for Streep is: where have you been! Previously, we have only had a movie ending ¿Amazing Grace¿ as we watched the tragic end of Silkwood. There was a tour de force ending to Postcards from the Edge with ¿I¿m Checking Out¿. It wasn¿t until Prairie Home Companion with a number of songs that you have to ask why it took Meryl until her late 50¿s for us to hear her great voice.
All of the adult members of the cast are about a decade too old chronologically, but their acting makes up for that. Colin Firth is closest to the right age and can sing quite well. His ¿Our Last Summer¿ will awaken youthful memories. Pierce Brosnan is the weakest link for solo singing (¿When All is said and Done¿), yet is quite decent in a duet with Meryl Streep. (¿SOS¿). There are big production numbers. ¿Dancing Queen¿ which builds from Christine Baranski and Julie Walters (both more than adequate singers) to all the women on the island ¿Lay All Your Love on Me¿ has all the eligible young men on the island tap dancing with scuba flippers! ¿Does Your Mother Know¿ has all the young men following Baranski¿s every move. ¿Voulez-Vous¿ is so well edited that watching it can make you dizzy.
Other songs that stir the heart as well as the memory are ¿I Have a Dream¿, ¿Super Trouper¿, ¿Honey, Honey¿ and ¿Slipping Through my Fingers¿. The best song/performance is Streep and ¿Winner Takes it All¿. Amanda Seyfried as Streeps daughter has an abundance of energy, eyes you want to get lost in and has a remarkable sense of family that is originated from reading her mothers diary.
What is so exciting about ¿Mamma Mia¿ is how it became a musical. Musical start with a story. After it is written or adapted from a movie or a book, a song writer and lyricist are brought in to build around the story line. ¿Mamma Mia¿ is unique because the songs already existed and a story was written around the songs. I went to see ¿Mamma Mia¿ 4 times and will view a DVD many more times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good and funny movie I have seen Mamma Mia on Broadway and in many shows and have enjoyed it everytime the movie was just as funny and good the cast is good and the ending is worth the whole movie it is very entertaining if you look at it in that perpetive and nothing more thank you for some good laughs and entainment lisa
Blueshamrock More than 1 year ago
This movie is fun and funny, Glen Close is great as the mother and the the three dads and the two friends of the mother are just so funny, everyone did such great job sing the ABBA tunes and it flowed so nicely with the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved every minute of it.
Night-Owl More than 1 year ago
Great movie, such fun, Meryl Streep appeared to be having so much fun doing this film. Great pathos and exciting.
CatgirlTW More than 1 year ago
It's a blast! Singing along is required.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mammia Mia is an great piece of entertainment. The cast is great and very talented. A very enjoyable movie.
SunbeamCSS More than 1 year ago
What a fun movie! I loved all of it and the music was awesome! It brought back many memories of the past with the Abba music!