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ABBA: The Movie
     

ABBA: The Movie

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Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Robert Hughes, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson

 

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ABBA, the spirited Swedish pop-singing group who skyrocketed to fame with their 1974 single "Waterloo," star in this loosely constructed vehicle. The story involves the efforts of a diligent DJ to secure an interview with the group while they're on tour in Australia. Eighteen of ABBA's hits are heard on the soundtrack and seen in grainy 16 mm concert footage, shot in

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ABBA, the spirited Swedish pop-singing group who skyrocketed to fame with their 1974 single "Waterloo," star in this loosely constructed vehicle. The story involves the efforts of a diligent DJ to secure an interview with the group while they're on tour in Australia. Eighteen of ABBA's hits are heard on the soundtrack and seen in grainy 16 mm concert footage, shot in March 1977. ABBA: The Movie was thus filmed some five years prior to the group's breakup. The film's director was Sweden's Lasse Hallström, who later gained infamy for his arthouse success My Life as a Dog (1985).

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This surprisingly inspired concert documentary is much more than the throwaway quickie one might expect. In fact, ABBA: The Movie functions both as a fun concert movie and a nifty time capsule thanks to some inspired filmmaking. The film's wraparound device of a reporter stalking ABBA might seem fairly stale in concept, but it works here because the script underplays this element, choosing to focus on the real-life hassles the character would deal instead of placing him in a series of contrived slapstick moments (the moments with him recording and editing down his on-the-street interviews are particularly interesting). It's also worth noting that Robert Hughes delivers a surprisingly wry performance as the Disc Jockey that manages to deliver plenty of humor without lapsing into mugging or overtly broad gesticulation. However, the heart of any concert film must lie in its musical numbers, and ABBA: The Movie delivers this element in spades: director Lasse Hallström and cinematographer Paul Onorato capture each song with a variety of angles and flashy moves that Hallström has deftly edited into fast-moving bursts of music and image that anticipate the programming that would soon fill MTV. They also periodically intercut these performances with other moments to ironic effect, the best example being all the shots of ABBA merchandise and vendors that are cut into the performance of "Money, Money, Money." In front of the camera, ABBA deliver their songs with big, bright smiles and plenty of gusto as a string of relentlessly screaming audiences whoop it up. ABBA fans should be especially happy with the film's musical content because it includes both familiar hits like "Dancing Queen" and lesser-known fan favorites like "Eagle." In short, ABBA: The Movie is a slick, fast-paced treat for the group's fans and a fine way for novices to experience this internationally popular group at the height of their fame.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
UPC:
0602517471238
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
NR
Source:
Polydor / Umgd
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:22:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Hughes Disc Jockey
Björn Ulvaeus Himself
Benny Andersson Himself
Agnetha Fältskog Herself
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Herself
Bruce Barry Radio station manager
Tom Oliver Bodyguard / Bartender / Taxi Driver
Stig Anderson Himself
Harry Lawrence Actor
Ray Marshall Actor
ABBA Actor

Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director,Editor,Original Story,Screenwriter
Stig Anderson Songwriter,Producer
Benny Andersson Songwriter
Bob Caswell Original Story,Screenwriter
Paul Onorato Cinematographer
Björn Ulvaeus Songwriter

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ABBA: The Movie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Abbafan More than 1 year ago
I have this one and i enjoy everythying from start to finsh. It's also amusing as to Robert Hughes cahracter has a difficult time trying to get to interview the group
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This DVD provides a personal tour with ABBA in Australia. The music was good. Interviews were funny. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly reccomend this dvd for any Abba lover. Gives insight to the Australian tour 1977. Kept my attention throughout the movie. They have a mezmerizing stage appearance. Makes me want to buy more of thier concert videos to relive Abbamania.