Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

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Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Cast: 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:
0025195056700
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
3,198

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

My Movie Commentary; My Chat; Blu-ray exclusive U-Control; Behind the Hits; Picture in Picture; Hi-Def features:; The Making of Mamma Mia! The Movie; Deleted musical number "The Name of the Game"; Anatomy of a musical number "Lay All Your Love on Me"; Becoming a Singer; A Look Inside Mamma Mia! The Movie; ; Additional features: ; Sing-Along; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" music video; Björn Ulvaeus cameo; Feature commentary with director Phyllida Lloyd; Digital copy disc

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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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dragonzwisard More than 1 year ago
"Mamma Mia here I go again!" A superb cast headed by Meryl Streep create a tour de force of comedy, music and fun ~~ "Mamma Mia" is a celebration of love and life. The Greek island provides an enchanting setting, ABBA's music is delightful, fun and memorable with each song perfectly suited to the story (and each member of the cast sings them rather well), the choregraphy is outstanding; in short, "Mamma Mia" is a film that celebrates life and love. Voila!
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
It was great to see middle aged actors having a great time on screen. I loved the movie and the music.
Bocko More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much. Recommended
beth91 More than 1 year ago
I saw th mucical version in Las Vegas it was the best musical I've seen in a long time. The film is so delightful. The entire cast was wopunderfdul. I loved all the music and thre dancing was great. I've already watched the DVD 3 times it is so good. I recomendeds it to all my friends. Yours Truly Randy Goldfarb.
Cassie76 More than 1 year ago
Its a fantastic musical! And I usually don't like musicals too often.
07grammy More than 1 year ago
Having seen the Broadway show, I was looking forward to the movie. I did see it in the theater I enjoying it as it was cast with some of my favorite actors/actresses. The singing quality obviously was not of the Broadway show quality and the acting is not of the defining performances that many of the assembled cast have given audiences previously. It is though an entertaining romp and spirit lifter and easy on the eyes for those who enjoy escapism from time to time. That is why I asked for it as a gift and did receive for Christmas.
Tumbleweeds More than 1 year ago
The plot was a little far-fetched but it was fun! Pierce Brosnan made the right move when he decided to act for a living instead of sing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie for the 40+ something crowd. Great music too.
lamewing More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this by stating that I mostly watch Japanese cinema and anime (and Doctor Who / Torchwood) and dislike musicals. Nonetheless, when my wife brought this movie home and forced me to watch it I was grooving along with her. Quite an entertaining movie. Guys, give it a try as it is one of the better chick-flicks out there.
CatgirlTW More than 1 year ago
It's a blast! Singing along is required.
QC-George More than 1 year ago
The performances by Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan are fabulous! Who new Pierce could sing! The movie is shot almost entirely on location in Greece which was great to see the culture, architecture, scenery, etc. The songs of Abba were nice re-done and those of us who remember the original will appreciate hearing them again from new performers. The music makes one want to dance in their theatre seat! I enjoyed the music, singing and choreograrphy more than the scipt/plot, although the storyline is cute.
joe_teacher More than 1 year ago
I saw the production on stage first and felt the movie lacked just about everything that made Mamma Mia! so wonderful for live theatre. The casting choices were questionable at best, with the exception of Amanda Seyfried who did an excellent job as the daughter with three dads. Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard also turned in admirable efforts. I really think Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan were out of their comfort zones, which is surprising given their respective ranges. I thoroughly enjoy Abba's music, but the songs felt forced by these actors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls love the movie and the music, others need to walk away. Fun fantasy flick. great group watch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My wife and I have enjoyed this production for years. Not only in it's movie form,but also on stage. If buyers liked the movie we strongly recommend seeing it as a stage production.